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Vincent Sapienza Named Commissioner of New York City's DEP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Vincent Sapienza as the Commissioner of the City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  During his 34 years with DEP, Sapienza has served in leadership posts for several of the key operating divisions, has overseen major capital improvements and..

1 Worker Dead, Another Rescued After Trench Collapse

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a trench collapse in western Michigan has left one worker dead and one rescued. Wyoming Fire Chief Chuck Lark said firefighters were called about 2 p.m. Monday to a residence where the collapse occurred. He tells The Grand Rapids Press that when they arrived, o..

Ex-Santee Cooper Lawyer Returns to Run Utility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s state-owned utility is bringing back a familiar face to temporarily lead the company as it deals with the problems created by a failed $10 billion nuclear power plant project. James Brogdon Jr. was named interim president and CEO of Santee Cooper by the utilit..

California Launches First-Ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week

California today announced it will celebrate its first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week from October 7 through October 15 as part of a new annual designation intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliab..

Tribal Head who Led Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Voted Out

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Native American official who has been the face and voice of the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been voted out of office. Unofficial results from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s general election Wednesday showed that Dave Archambault received only 37 perce..

Leadership Changes Announced at SJW Group

SJW Group today announced that W. Richard Roth will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 5, 2017, and the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Eric W. Thornburg as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board, effective November 6, 2017. Roth will serve as Ch..

Connecticut Water Service Makes Leadership Changes

The Board of Directors of Connecticut Water Service, Inc., announced today they have accepted the resignation of Eric W. Thornburg as Chairman, President and CEO, and unanimously appointed David C. Benoit to serve as the Interim President and CEO of the company, its Connecticut operating subsidiarie..

Conterra Names New Area Sales Manager for the El Paso Market

Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. today announced that Roy Lambert has joined the company to manage the expansion of its services to enterprise customers in the EL Paso, Texas metropolitan area. Lambert is a native of the El Paso area with deep ties to the community and comes with..

Brown and Caldwell VP Elected to AWWA National Board

The American Water Works Association has elected Brown and Caldwell Vice President Kelly Comstock to serve on its National Board as the Georgia Section director. A 20-year member of the Association, Comstock has distinguished himself as an influential advocate for the state’s water sector. With ove..

California Water Service Group Names Pottenger to Board of Directors

California Water Service Group today announced the election of Carol M. Pottenger to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective September 27, 2017. The first female three-star Admiral in American history to lead in a combat branch, Pottenger served for 36 years in the U.S. Navy.  One of the first ..

Nebraska Utility Exec Chosen to Lead National Trade Group

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Public Power District executive will lead a national utility trade group for the next year. NPPD’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent was recently chosen at the president of RMEL. The group serves the utility industry with education and networking services. The util..

Hired for His Strong Back in 1957, Honored for Brain in 2017

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — When Willie Holsclaw started working for the Elizabethton Water Department, he didn’t really get a lot of respect. It was 1957 and the city did not have any backhoes in its fleet back then. All the water department needed was a man with a strong back to dig ditches in al..

Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Names Ajay Jain to Board of Directors

The Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) recently appointed HR Green’s Ajay Jain, PE, CFM, to its Board of Directors. As a member of the Board, Jain will also be chairing the Inter-Organization Committee, charged with assuring regular communication between IAFSM and ..

Colin Sabol Appointed President of Xylem’s Sensus & Analytics Businesses

Xylem Inc. has named Colin Sabol Senior Vice President and President of Sensus & Analytics, effective October 1. Sabol succeeds Randy Bays, who will move into an advisory role with a focus on Xylem’s global manufacturing operations. Both will report to Xylem President and CEO, Patrick Decker. Xylem..

Ukiah Valley Sanitation District Announces New General Manager

The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District has named Joe Tait General Manager. In his new role, Tait will be responsible for navigating the district through its lawsuit against the City of Ukiah, while also restructuring the district and driving innovation and best management practices to provide ratepaye..

Ex-Water Corporation Boss Gets 8 Years for $1 Million Fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former head of a not-for-profit corporation formed to oversee the water services for the city was sentenced on Friday to more than eight years in prison for accepting nearly $1 million in kickbacks. Linda Watkins Brashear pleaded guilty in 2015 to fraud for participating in ..

CommScope CFO to Retire

CommScope today announced that Mark Olson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, intends to retire from the company, effective March 31, 2018. CommScope will retain a leading executive search firm to help identify the company’s next chief financial officer and will consider internal..

Miners & Pisani, Inc. Expands Presence In Utility Market

Miners & Pisani, Inc. has hired two industry veterans to lead the company’s utility sales division, representing Honeywell’s HPS – Honeywell Process Solutions line of natural gas measurement, flow correction and flow control products as the Authorized Distributor and Channel Partner for gas utilitie..

Leadership Change Made at Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch has named Joe Lauria Vice President and Director of Planning and Growth for the Americas in the company’s water business. In this new role, Lauria will help clients identify and implement sustainable solutions to evolving water challenges. Based in Irvine, California, his primary focu..

Arizona Utility Regulator to Join Trump Administration

PHOENIX (AP) — A member of the state commission that regulates utilities is resigning to take a job with the Trump Administration in Washington. Commissioner Doug Little announced Wednesday that he has accepted a job with the U.S. Department of Energy and will step down Sept. 29. Little is one of ..

Black & Veatch Makes Leadership Change

Black & Veatch has named Bruce Duff Managing Director of Design-Build within its water business. Duff will be based in the Company’s Toronto metro area office. “As a variety of alternative delivery methods continue to gain traction in the industry, this leadership role was established and integrate..

Trial Scheduled Against Ex-Ohio Water Plant Operator

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) – A trial is still planned for a fired water plant operator charged with misdemeanors for what authorities say was his failure to notify residents of a northeast Ohio village about lead in their drinking water. The Vindicator reports that an attorney for 61-year-old James Bates, ..

Forterra Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Forterra, Inc. today announced the appointment of Charlie Brown as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 25, 2017. Brown is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience driving growth and improvement at manufacturing and construction materials companies. He wi..

Greeley and Hansen Names New Co-Managing Director of Northeast Operating Group

Greeley and Hansen yesterday announced that Glenn R. DiGiovanni, P.E., CCM, has joined the firm as Co-Managing Director of the Northeast Operating Group. DiGiovanni has over 30 years of client and program management experience with the planning, design, and construction of wastewater, water, and..

FERC Names New General Counsel

FERC has named James P. Danly General Counsel, effective Sept. 18, 2017. He will replace David Morenoff, who has served as General Counsel since February 2017 and will assume the position of Deputy General Counsel once the transition is complete. Danly comes to FERC from the energy regulation and l..

Robert P. Powers Named to ALLETE Board of Directors

Robert P. Powers, recently retired vice chairman of American Electric Power (AEP), has been elected to ALLETE Inc.’s board of directors, effective Aug. 23, 2017. Powers’ career in the energy industry spans 41 years through his retirement in August 2017. He most recently served as a senior adviser t..

Xcel Energy Elects New Board Member

Xcel Energy has elected David K. Owens to the company’s board of directors effective immediately. An executive with extensive experience in public policies concerning energy and utility operations, Owens is recognized as an industry expert on business transformation. After 36 years of service, Owen..

New Chief of Staff Named at FERC

Anthony Pugliese has been named Chief of Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Since January 2017, Pugliese has served as Senior White House Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped oversee all aspects of the department, including pipeline safety and regulatory..

Paul Stellato Named Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Xylem

Xylem Inc. has appointed Paul Stellate to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Rajkowski, Stellato will oversee all aspects of Xylem’s financial reporting, accounting policies..

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn Appointed to Xylem's Board of Directors

Xylem Inc. has announced that Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Beliveau-Dunn currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Technical Services, a global organization that supports Cisco’s customers. In that role, Be..