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Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced that David A. Reckhow, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his colleagues have received a $4.1-million grant to create a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. There was regional and national news coverage of the November 17 event: Gazette,...

Professor Don DeGroot traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to collect undisturbed soil samples from the location of an active landslide. The samples will be used to perform laboratory stress-strain-strength testing as part of a collaborative research project with Queens University (Kingston, Ontario) that is studying the evolution of the landslide. (November 2014)

Dr. Alan Lutenegger recently made a trip to Ireland to investigate the potential of using helical piles and anchors for support of structures in typical soils around Ireland. One of the fastest growing applications for helical piles is in the support of small scale solar and wind farms as alternative energy sources. A potential difficulty in using helical foundations in Ireland is the rocky nature of the ground in many parts of the country. The traditional pitch of the helical plates used on most helical piles is 3 in. but this...

Dr. David Reckhow, along with 5 others from Massachusetts, traveled to Toronto, Canada to participate in the Second Annual World Water Tech North America Summit. The summit was attended by water industry leaders from North America and around the world with a focus on developing and commercializing new water technologies.  

Dr. Reckhow also participated in a tour and meetings at the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) water...

Dr. Richard Palmer traveled to the 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference in Vienna, Virginia. The Conference was sponsored by the American Water Resources Association. Dr. Palmer is a co-author on two papers, one entitled "Shared Vision Planning for Drought Management Planning in Sao Paulo, Brazil," which is coauthored by William Werick and Stefanie Falconi (a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University) and a second paper entitled "Evaluating the Performance of Alternative...