Check out the article from the Williamsport Sun Gazette about the work we coordinated with Matt Custer, Little League project manager that included a full land development plan for the Loyalsock Little League Softball field that received township approval for the new lighting system that they will be putting in:
Bassett Engineering obtained $200,000 in grant funding from C2P2 and DCNR, designed, obtained permits, and provided construction phase engineering for a new river access to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River located at the intersection of Ontario Avenue and 5th Street in Renovo. Some of the key features of the project are:
- Five boat trailer spaces
- Seven car spaces
- One ADA accessible van space
- LED parking lot lighting
- 26 ft x 41 ft future pavilion foundation and pad
- Footpath from the pavilion to the parking area
- Rain garden
- 105 ft concrete boat launch ramp with asphalt approach
- Asphalt trailer turn-around
This project was featured on Newswatch 16, The Express (Lock Haven), and the Susquehanna Greenway and was visited by DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. Contact Bassett Engineering to see how we can help get your project funded!
Here are some facts about Act 13 from our President:
The state of Pennsylvania passed Act 13 with the intent that recipients spend the money building infrastructure that would help residents and the gas industry. Many municipalities receive critical boosts to their budgets from Act 13, and those moneys would be sorely missed if they were to go away. Every year major efforts are undertaken, mostly from downstate interests, to eliminate Act 13. We encourage you to spend your Act 13 moneys wisely. Nearly every municipality has a road, bridge or culvert that could stand improvement.
Emergency generators are another wise expenditure for Act 13 funds. Municipal buildings are critical infrastructure any time, but particularly during and after natural disasters. Electricity, internet and cell service are absolute essentials that must remain in service. We now have underway several projects to add emergency generators for municipalities and Authorities; these are affordable projects. Please contact Bassett Engineering if you need assistance with an emergency generator.
Bassett Engineering was founded with wastewater as one of the cornerstones of our business and it remains that way today. Given our expertise in process design, BE works on industry-leading projects with some of the largest firms and manufacturers in the business. Recently, Bassett Engineering has worked on waste to energy projects as well as traditional process engineering plant design, and Act 537 planning. Contact us to talk about our experienced staff for your wastewater solution.
- Land development engineering, NPDES, AQM, and WQM permits for a GESA (Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement) project that will produce electricity and pipeline-quality natural gas via codigestion of biosolids for Derry Township Municipal Authority in Dauphin County (2021)
- Design of dual membrane digester covers, blowers, and controls for Throop WWTF, Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority
- Process engineering for one of the nations leading Packaged WWTP manufacturers
- Act 537 Plans currently underway in South Centre Township, Columbia County, plus Hartleton Borough, Lewis and Hartley Townships in Union County (2018)
Bassett Engineering has completed a wide variety of projects for Municipalities, Authorities, and private clients throughout our 20 plus years of operation. In the past couple of years a number of unique projects have greatly broadened our expertise.
Here’s some information on how naming an Engineer, can help your Township or Borough:
Retained Engineer for Grants: If your municipality has not traditionally named an Engineer, we encourage you to do so because it can help with grant and emergency funding, most of which that involve construction require the municipality to name an Engineer to design the project and oversee construction. If the municipality has a retained Engineer, work can begin immediately. If not, the municipality often must select an engineer through a competitive process, a time-consuming effort that takes 1 or 2 months. Such time is not available in the case of emergencies such as flooding. If your municipality has not already named an Engineer, we ask that you consider naming Bassett Engineering as your Engineer.
Over the past year, Bassett Engineering supervised construction of our two largest bridge designs to date, as well as several others. BE worked with the townships to obtain funding from PennDOT, FEMA, and other sources. Contact us today with your bridge needs!
Our newest bridge work includes:
- Back Road Bridge: An 80-foot traditional prestressed concrete box beam bridge for Washington Township, Lycoming County
- A 66-foot precast concrete BEBO arch bridge for Lewis Township, Lycoming County (2018)
- Aluminum box culvert for Lewis Township, Union County (2018)
Simultaneous Nitrification and Denitrification (SND) and Ammonia-Based Aeration Control (ABAC) were popular topics at the WEF’s Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference in June in Charlotte NC. SN. Both are sound aeration control strategies, particularly for total nitrogen removal and minimizing energy consumption that have been around since at least the 1980’s.
SND reliably achieves very low total nitrogen levels. It is particularly effective with long detention time, complete-mix processes such as oxidation ditches and their variants including the Schreiber counter-current process. Like many great innovations, SND came about mostly by accident through undersized aeration systems.
The first several BNR projects that Mr. Bassett worked on, beginning in 1986, were three barrier oxidation ditches at Broadneck and Patuxent in Anne Arundel County and Berwick, PA. This type of oxidation ditch, patented by Inova-Tech, had a barrier wall that completely stooped flow from circulating in the ditch. It relied on an 8-foot impeller to force all mixed liquor in the ditch down a U-shaped draft tube roughly 20 feet below the bottom of the ditch, and then back up on the other side of the barrier wall. Coarse bubble air was introduced by a round sparge ring beneath the impeller, so the aerated mixed liquor would be force down the draft tube, and back up. The theory was that this would double the oxygen transfer efficiency. This of course never happened. As a result these oxidation ditches were constantly starved for oxygen, to the point where DO was normally less than 0.5 mg/l, and rarely above 1.0 mg/l, when the goal was to be at least 1.2 mg/l, ideally 2.0 mg/l. To everyone’s surprise, this “problem” produces excellent performance, with TN always below 5.0 mg/l, and averaging 3.0 mg/l. We recognized that the low DO conditions were causing simultaneous nitrification and denitrification – SND. It only happened because draft tube aeration could not supply the oxygen that was promised.
Two notable downsides were:
- SND produced a very poor-settling sludge and promoted filament growth, but these plants had generously-sized clarifiers with very surface overflow rates (SOR’s). Filaments did provide the benefit of eliminating pin floc, producing TSS and BOD consistently below 5 mg/l w/o filters.
- Ultra-low DO levels caused a lot of stress for operators who had minimum 2.0 DO pounded into their heads since operator training school. Once we all realized we were producing some of the best effluent in the country, everyone relaxed – a little.
The fourth similar plant was a Schreiber process at Maryland City, Anne Arundel County, MD, which Mr. Bassett also worked on beginning in 1988. The Schreiber counter-current process circulates mixed liquor in a continuous loop. It really is a round oxidation ditch. Schreiber had a number of innovations which proved very sound including ammonia based aeration control (ACAB). Aeration blowers could be turned on and off in response to either DO or ammonia concentrations. Low DO was the normal mode of operation at Maryland City, which also produced ultra-low TN’s, averaging 3.0 mg/l.
SND and ABAC produce very low total nitrogen concentrations, and they have the significant side benefit of minimizing electricity consumption through aeration.
Yesterday Schlegel Excavating paved Park Road, a 1500 foot-long street on the south side of Hartleton, PA. Work included milling of existing pavement, replacement of cross-drains, base course, surface course, regrading of the roadside ditch and landscape restoration. This project was made possible by a Federal Community Development Block Grant. Contact us to see how we could help you obtain funding for your potential project!
Last week crews from Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. milled and overlaid 11th Street in Renovo, a residential street running from the railroad tracks to the river. 11th street is home to the Renovo Fire Department and a number of homes. This project was made possible by a Federal Community Development Block Grant. Contact us to see how we could help you obtain funding for your potential project!