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The Passaic Valley (N.J.) Sewerage Commissioners (PVSC) has received the Clean Water Partner for the 21st Century Award from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. PVSC won the award for its Passaic River/Newark Bay Restoration Program, which, since its inception in 1998, has removed more than 1,700 tons of debris from the shorelines of the two bodies of water.
Cary, N.C., has received the 2002 North Carolina State Treasurer’s Governmental Award for Excellence in Accounting and Financial Management from North Carolina. The city won the award for its Resource Management Training Program, which was developed by the Finance and Budget departments to improve departmental understanding of the city’s financial software and the related budgetary and financial procedures.
Aurora, Colo., has received the Community of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C.-based National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled Environment, an affiliate of the National League of Cities. The city won the award for its various efforts to alleviate noise problems from Denver International Airport, Buckley Air Force Base and Centennial Airport.
Orange County, Calif., has contracted with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Vertical Mapping Resources to provide digital orthophotography of the area that will encompass the county’s light-rail system.
Bedford, Mass., has contracted with Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Sanborn to provide aerial photography to update the city’s GIS.
Waukesha (Wis.) Water Utility has contracted with Brookfield, Wis.-based R.A. Smith &Associates to design and install a GIS.
Madison County, Iowa, has contracted with St. Charles, Ill.-based Sidwell to build and host the county’s GIS data Web site.
Columbia County, Ga., has contracted with Boxborough, Mass.-based Vibren Technologies to update the computer networks of law-enforcement agencies to comply with federal connectivity security mandates.
Miami-Dade County, Fla., has contracted with Dublin, Calif.-based Accela to give software that will provide certain employees with GIS access to land-use and zoning information.
Clearwater, Fla., has contracted with Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Synergen to replace several work management systems.
Water, water everywhere
The Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha, Neb., has contracted with locally based HDR to provide engineering services for a $300 million, 100-mgd water-treatment plant that is slated to open in 2008.
Eagle Pass, Texas, has contracted with Watertown, Mass.-based Ionics to provide an ultrafiltration membrane system for a 15-mgd water-treatment plant scheduled to open next year.
Hull, Mass., has contracted with Londonderry, N.H.-based Aquarion Services to operate and maintain its 3.1-mgd wastewater treatment system.
New York has contracted with the joint venture of New York-based Hazen and Sawyer and Cambridge, Mass.-based CDM to design a 2-bgd facility that will use ultraviolet light to disinfect water from the Catskill and Delaware reservoir systems to provide drinking water.
The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, which collects and treats wastewater for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, has contracted with Chesterfield, Mo.-based Insituform Technologies to rehabilitate more than seven miles of interceptor sewers.
The Washington, D.C.-based International Association of Fire Fighters Financial has contracted with Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Retirement Solutions to provide services for the association’s retirement program.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Calvin, Giordano & Associates has formed a new Data Technologies and Development Division, which will provide consultation, system design and project maintenance for GIS and three-dimensional visual animation.
New York-based Vollmer Associates has acquired Philadelphia-based Barton & Martin Engineers. The latter will retain its name and operate as a division of Vollmer.
Chicago-based Quixote has acquired Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based U.S. Traffic, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of intelligent intersection control systems and other transportation safety equipment. The acquisition is Quixote’s largest to date.
Erlangen, Germany-based Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Group and Fort Collins, Colo.-based Miner & Miner have formed a strategic alliance to provide GIS products and system integration services to energy utilities.