Geosynthetics included in water bill approved by U.S. Senate

May 22, 2014

Landmark ‘geosynthetics language’ is in WRRDA, now awaiting president’s signature With a bipartisan 91-7 vote Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate followed Tuesday’s lead by the House in passing the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). Geosynthetics language was included in the WRRDA Conference Report. And that Act crossed the first of three final hurdles …

Landmark ‘geosynthetics language’ included in WRRDA bill

May 20, 2014

Water measure passed U.S. House Tuesday, to Senate on Thursday. Geosynthetics language was included in the Conference Report for the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). And that Act crossed the first of three final hurdles Tuesday, May 20, 2014, when the U.S. House passed the measure with a final vote total of: 412 …

Annual tribal transportation conference in Anchorage

May 19, 2014

Technical assistance programs contribute to Sept. 22-25 event The 17th annual National Tribal Transportation Conference is in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 22-25 at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. The conference is a national effort engaging all seven of the national Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) centers, as well as stakeholders from tribal, federal, state, and local communities. …

Geosynthetics and infrastructure

May 15, 2014

Whither the geosynthetic products, applications, and services? White House official says: The Obama administration will intensify its efforts to get Congress to pass legislation that pays for roads and bridge repair. Money for roads and bridges? New York—The latest example is his campaign urging Congress to immediately approve more funds for highway and bridge repairs. …

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Safe enough to drink

May 14, 2014

A new geomembrane cover for an old water reservoir provides a long-term solution. By Jack Sine Introduction Last November, Newport Beach, Calif., completed a major water reservoir renovation project that it expects will solve the city’s decades-long water quality issues. The 22-acre Big Canyon Reservoir was originally constructed in 1958, with the plan that it …

New IGS chapter to host geosynthetics conference

May 12, 2014

Honduras 2014 in Tegucigalpa June 16-18 One of the newest chapters of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is hosting Honduras 2014: The First Honduran National Conference on Geosynthetics, June 16-18. The event will be held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at the College of Civil Engineering. An exhibit show, technical sessions, and international speakers highlight this Spanish/English …

GSE now under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

May 5, 2014

Company’s international affiliates not affected GSE Environmental Inc. placed its North American operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, May 4, with a plan to hand them off to secured lenders, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported Monday morning. A new GSE manufacturing facility in China and GSE’s “other international affiliates or their …

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Building better bridges with geosynthetics

May 2, 2014

By Scott Gordon As the road leading up to a bridge presses down on the soil beneath its surface, the bridge tends to remain higher than the roadway, creating a problem that has menaced drivers and road engineers for years. “It’s called the bump at the end of the bridge,” says University of Wisconsin Associate …