WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) recognized four winning CDM Smith projects at its Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ (E3S) Awards Luncheon and Conference on April 25, 2019. The E3S competition rewards the best of today's environmental engineering and science projects on the basis of “holistic environmental perspectives, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.” Winning project owners from JEA; Austin Water; the city of Newark, New Jersey; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District were also recognized at the awards luncheon.
Austin Water was awarded the Grand Award in Planning for the Water Forward Integrated Water Resource Plan, which maps a path to increase the sustainability, reliability and diversity of the Austin, Texas water supply. This Integrated Water Resource Plan (IWRP), developed by CDM Smith, is a testament to Austin Water’s enduring commitment to its customers. The IWRP recommendations were developed using a holistic planning approach that balances multiple objectives such as water reliability, social, environmental and economic benefits, and ease of implementation. Explicit consideration of climate change was taken in the water demand forecasting and water supply modeling, including a 10,000-year simulation.
JEA was awarded the Honor Award in Research for its Water Purification Technology Evaluation and R&D Testing project. Looking for sustainable, alternative water supplies to support a growing population in Jacksonville, Florida, JEA decided to evaluate potable water reuse for aquifer recharge. CDM Smith tested two different industry-leading technologies concurrently at two separate water reclamation facilities, unlike any previous study of potable reuse for aquifer recharge in Florida. The study evaluated both technologies’ performance, cost and reliability, considered both currently regulated and unregulated constituents, and addressed potential health impacts. The effort also included a comprehensive, multi-year public outreach program, strategically launched early in the R&D phase to gain public acceptance and trust in potable reuse. Ultimately, the project advanced the state of knowledge of two water purification processes and identified the most technically and economically viable treatment process for JEA’s needs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District was awarded the Honor Award in Environmental Sustainability for its Well 12A Technical, Design, and Remediation Support project. Following nearly a half century of industrial manufacturing and waste oil recycling at the South Tacoma Channel Well 12A Superfund site, cleanup of legacy contamination has made dramatic progress through CDM Smith’s efforts. Traditional efforts to remove harmful contaminants like trichloroethene (TCE) have given way to cutting-edge, and ultimately, more effective strategies. Due to an innovative mix of treatment methods, the project team has accomplished ambitious cleanup targets approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow transfer of management of the formerly toxic site back to the state of Washington.
The city of Newark, New Jersey’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities was awarded the Honor Award in Design for the Queen Ditch Restoration Project. Following years of historic flooding in Newark's South Ward, comprehensive stormwater infrastructure upgrades will now protect area residents from weather-related emergencies. CDM Smith helped lead this project, which involved extensive coordination with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, the EPA, local property owners and residents. With the design and construction of a sustainable and sound drainage facility, vital infrastructure and a critical wetland habitat were restored amid an industrial area of the city, and decades of frustration and costly flooding damage have come to an end.
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