A growing family business passes a significant milestone when it begins to fill key leadership positions with outside executives. In many established firms, non-family managers (NFMs) are indispensable to the business effort and enjoy equal standing with family managers.
An intergenerational business transfer will ultimately test the chemistry between family and non-family systems. If managed properly, however, the business will emerge stronger and more valuable.
How they can advance or hinder your succession plans
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is a state agency commissioned to provide water, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, and solids processing for 61 communities located in the metropolitan Boston area. The MWRA's new $3.4 billion Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility is one of the largest in the United States and is the cornerstone of the Boston Harbor environmental cleanup effort.
Any facility that treats, stores or disposes of wastes faces environmental exposures. While these seem apparent at landfills or hazardous waste treatment facilities, environmental exposures are less obvious at facilities such as wastewater treatment plants. Nevertheless, wastewater treatment plants do face environmental exposures from their operations, with potential resulting liabilities.
While wastewater treatment plants have the potential to contaminate the surrounding environment, their exposures can be addressed to reduce potential liabilities
Best Professional Judgment: A Synthesis of Environmental Law, Waste Discharge, Effluent Limitations and Engineering Ethics
Regardless of your title, it is your duty to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the environment and fellow workers when making Best Professional Judgments.
Without question, the issue of compensation is one of the most volatile that families in business must consider.
The end result of a prioritization system was a process designed to minimize subjective factors and rely on rational, equitable and consistent methods.The process of inventorying and prioritizing the City of Columbus, Ohio's stormwater capital improvement projects was a comprehensive undertaking. The process was designed in order to minimize subjective factors and to result in a rational, equitable and consistent method for prioritizing these projects.
The life of any treatment plant, pumping station, or other water or wastewater system structure is determined in part by such factors as the materials of construction, the design engineer, the contract specifications, and the facilitys location and cost. But the major contributor to an effective life span is more often than not a well developed and implemented maintenance program that keeps equipment running and buildings and structures sound.
Illinois' Kankakee River has served the city of the same name for many years as a source of drinking water as well as a receiver for the effluent discharged from the local wastewater treatment plant. Now the river has been tapped for energy in the form of hydropower to assist in running the wastewater facility.
A plant upgrade includes the implementation of a cogeneration system based on the use of hydropower from an adjacent river
The state of California is recognized as being among the leaders in the United States in developing consensus approaches for implementing the federal and state stormwater runoff quality management regulations. This leadership role evolved out of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) working with a number of stormwater quality management entities to develop a cooperative approach toward stormwater quality evaluation and management-an action promoted through the state's Stormwater Quality Task Force.
The second of three articles addressing urban stormwater runoff
Part I of a three-part series examines why urban stormwater runoff regulations should be different than those covering industrial and municipal wastewater.