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Ashok G. Kaveeshwar was named administrator of the new Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Photo: U.S. DOT
Report promotes water system security

A report from the National Drinking Water Advisory Council is designed to help utilities implement security practices and measure their effectiveness. In addition to identifying practices essential to effective security programs, the report discusses findings on incentives to encourage security practices and measures to gauge their effectiveness. For more information or to download the report, visit www.awwa.org.

Illinois garners water tasting award

Illinois American Water's Champaign District took home top honors at the American Water Works Association's Water Taste Test, held at the association's recent conference and exposition in San Francisco. The national competition pitted regional water-tasting winners against one another in an in-depth water profile analysis. A judging panel rated each water system on several factors, including taste and odor, the determining flavor characteristics.

World of Asphalt scheduled

The World of Asphalt 2006 show and conference will take place March 13–16 in Orlando, Fla. It will offer asphalt industry professionals the opportunity to learn about the latest product innovations and technologies. In addition to exhibits of machinery, products, and services grouped by relevant categories, the show will feature in-depth industry-targeted educational programming, including equipment demonstrations focused on best practice and on-the-job safety. For more information, visit www.worldofasphalt.com.

State tax revenue growing

“State tax revenue [from sales and personal and corporate income taxes] in the January to March 2005 quarter grew 11.7% compared to the same period in 2004 … the strongest first-quarter growth since at least 1991,” the Rockefeller Institute reported in June. On June 17, USA Today reported that Virginia's finance secretary said state revenue collections from July through May were up 15%. On June 14, the Wall Street Journal reported higher-than-projected revenues in Arizona, Florida, Ohio, California, and New York City.

Water fellowship seeks applications

The International Cooperation Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is accepting applications for visiting international fellows. The fellowships are intended to assist faculty, professionals, or graduate researchers in developing countries with participating in cultural and technical exchange with EWRI members at the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2006 in Omaha, Neb., May 21–25, 2006, and in supplementary activities during their visit to the United States. For more information, visit www.ag.unr.edu.

Infrastructure conference slated

The Infrastructure Security Partnership and the Global Homeland Security Conference will present a two-day conference and exhibition, on Feb. 16–17, 2006, in Washington, D.C. The event will address the challenge of protecting the nation's infrastructure and the federal government's initiatives on critical infrastructure assurance set by President George W. Bush. The event will feature in-depth workshops, keynote presentations, and product demonstrations by public and private sector experts. For more information, visit www.protectinfrastructure.com.

Head of RITA named

The U.S. Senate has approved Ashok G. Kaveeshwar as the first administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), a newly created agency within the U.S. DOT. RITA was created under the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act to more effectively coordinate and manage the department's research portfolio and to expedite the implementation of cross-modal, innovative technologies.