GHD and Town of Chatham win Engineering Association Grand Prize

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15 March 2010

One of the world's leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, and the Town of Chatham, Massachusetts have been awarded the Grand Prize for Planning Projects by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) for the development of the Chatham Comprehensive Wastewater Management Planning project.

The Chatham project, completed by GHD’s Hyannis, Massachusetts office, received the award for satisfying a number of criteria, including the demonstration of a comprehensive integrated approach that considers all environmental media (air, water, land), quality as evidenced by the degree of user satisfaction and proven performance, originality and innovation, problem complexity, and the extent to which the project contributes to social and economic advancement.

The project, the first of its kind for Cape Cod, develops and implements a plan to meet very stringent non-point source nitrogen Total Maximum Daily Loads for the four coastal estuaries which surround Chatham. The plan also addresses wastewater and stormwater-related impacts to the town’s drinking water (groundwater) supplies and freshwater ponds. It was a 12-year planning process that offered a comprehensive process with respect to addressing stakeholder comments and building town consensus to approve the plan and appropriate money for its implementation.

The award will be presented on May 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC during the AAEE Awards Luncheon and Conference.

The Town of Chatham is located on the “elbow” of Cape Cod and is surrounded by beautiful coastal waters that attract many summer residents and vacationers. These waters have been observed to be impacted by the increased land use and this plan was developed to address the current problems and manage the waters in the future.

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