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2003

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F. X. Browne, Inc. Senior Project Engineer Appointed to the State Registration Board for Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Engineering Associate Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.
F. X. Browne, Inc. Scientist Wins First Prize in NALMS Photo Contest Administrative Assistant Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.
F. X. Browne, Inc. President Presents Papers at Annual Stormwater Conference F. X. Browne, Inc. to Oversee Lake Lily Dredging Project
Project Scientist Joins F. X. Browne, Inc. F. X. Browne, Inc. to Provide Engineering Services for Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
F. X. Browne, Inc. President Appointed to Stormwater Manual Committee F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design and Implement Streambank Stabilization Along Buck Run
F. X. Browne, Inc. President Presents Papers at Annual ASCE Meeting F. X. Browne, Inc. to Develop Greenways Plan for Crosswicks/Doctors Creek Watershed
F. X. Browne, Inc. Joins Partners for Ground Breaking in West Marlborough Township Project Engineer Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.
F. X. Browne, Inc. Completes Innovative Wetland Stormwater Treatment System F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design Lake Restoration Program for Cedar Brook Park Lake
F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Aquatic Ecosystem and Stream Restoration Seminar F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design Lake Restoration Program for Warinanco Park Lake
F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Low-Impact Development and Stormwater Management Seminar  

December 31, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Senior Project Engineer Appointed to the State Registration Board for Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – David G. Smith, Senior Project Engineer at F. X. Browne, Inc., was appointed to the State Registration Board for Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.  Mr. Smith’s term began on December 19, 2003 and expires on December 19, 2009. The State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists regulates the practice, licensure and registration of engineers, land surveyors and geologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property and promote the general welfare.  The Board also certifies engineers-in-training and surveyors-in-training.  The functions of the Board include investigating, approving or disapproving engineering, surveying, and geology applications for those desiring to be licensed in Pennsylvania. 


December 11, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Scientist Wins First Prize in NALMS Photo Contest

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – Jason Smith, Project Manager at F. X. Browne, Inc., received first prize in the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Photo Contest for his picture titled, “Jordan Pond”.  The winners will be announced in the Spring 2004 issue of LakeLine magazine and the winning photo will be used as the cover of the Summer 2004 issue.  Photographs were chosen based on votes from conference attendees at the 23rd Annual International Symposium held in November at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


November 18, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. President Presents Papers at Annual Stormwater Conference

Lansdale, PA – Dr. Frank Browne, president of F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in stormwater management and low-impact development, was the keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Southeast New York Stormwater Conference and Trade Show held in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Dr. Browne presented two technical papers.  The first paper, Impacts of Impervious Surfaces on Aquatic Systems, described how development adversely impacts water quality and aquatic ecosystems.  The second paper, Concepts of Low-Impact Development, explained basic goals, principles, and policies of low-impact development and the site planning process.  Both of these papers relate to the current NPDES Phase II Stormwater Regulations that many municipalities are currently required to implement.  The papers were very well-received by the180 consultants, land developers, and government officials who attended the conference.


September 29, 2003

Project Scientist Joins F. X. Browne, Inc.

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – Michael Ronco has recently joined the firm of F. X. Browne, Inc. as a Project Scientist at their office located in East Stroudsburg, PA. Mr. Ronco graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B. S. in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in Chemistry from East Stroudsburg University.  Mr. Ronco brings five years of Water Quality Management, Lake and Wetland Management, and GPS experience to the firm.  His duties will include performing lake and stream studies, developing watershed management programs, and performing analytical testing in the F. X. Browne, Inc. state-certified laboratory.


August 18, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. President Appointed to Stormwater Manual Committee

Lansdale, PA Dr. Frank Browne, P.E., President of F. X. Browne, Inc., has been appointed to a newly formed oversight committee that will guide the creation of Pennsylvania's Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual. Dr. Browne is one of 25 professionals chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide technical advice and guidance during the process of developing the stormwater manual. Committee members were drawn from both the public and private sectors, including local government, higher education, environmental concerns, and developers.

“I am pleased to be able to volunteer my 25 years of experience in stormwater management to assist with this worthwhile project,” said Dr. Browne. “Public education is a critical component of stormwater management planning, and I look forward to working together with my colleagues to ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth have access to the most accurate information about stormwater management.” In her letter to Dr. Browne, DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty expressed her “appreciation for your willingness to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth in this important endeavor.”

The stormwater manual will assist developers and municipalities in designing and implementing stormwater management measures that encourage on-site stormwater treatment and increased groundwater infiltration in order to minimize stormwater discharges and protect the water quality of Pennsylvania's lakes and streams.


August 12, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. President Presents Papers at Annual ASCE Meeting

Lansdale, PA – Dr. Frank Browne, president of F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in watershed management and low impact development, recently presented two papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Philadelphia.  The first paper entitled, Using Low Impact Development Methods to Maintain Natural Site Hydrology, describes how low impact development can reduce the amount of pollution caused by stormwater runoff and erosion from a developed site.  The second paper entitled, Using Environmental Ordinances for Sustainable Watershed Planning, explains basic stormwater management policies that control both the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff from new developments.  Both of these papers relate to the current NPDES Part II Stormwater Regulations that many municipalities are currently required to implement.  The papers were very well-received by Dr. Browne’s peers who attended the annual meeting.


July 28, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Joins Partners for Ground Breaking in West Marlborough Township

Lansdale, PA – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in stormwater management, recently took part in a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an innovative stormwater management system at Richard Wilson Drive, in West Marlborough Township, Chester County, PA.  West Marlborough Township received funds from Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program to retrofit a portion of their stormwater management system in an effort to remove filtered pollutants and divert stormwater from eroding streambanks.  West Marlborough Township retained F. X. Browne, Inc. to design the stormwater management system.  Attendees at the ceremony included representatives from West Marlborough Township, F. X. Browne, Inc., the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), the Brandywine Conservancy, and the Brandywine Valleys Association.  West Marlborough Township residents were also on hand at the event, which featured an introduction of the project and a description of the project objectives.  F. X. Browne, Inc. staff also provided an introduction to a stream restoration project along Rokeby Road; another Growing Greener funded project for West Marlborough Township.


July 14, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Completes Innovative Wetland Stormwater Treatment System

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in stormwater management, has completed an innovative wetland stormwater treatment system at their office located in Lansdale.  This retrofit of their previously existing stormwater detention basin is the first of its kind in Upper Gwynedd Township.  The firm received funding from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc. to perform the project. The wetland will enhance water quality by removing pollutants from stormwater runoff while providing an excellent source of habitat for nesting waterfowl and other wetland dependent species.  The project demonstrates the use of stormwater best management practices (BMPs), a topic on the minds of most local municipalities who are required to assess and upgrade their stormwater management program as a result of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II regulations.  A display sign is currently being created to explain the project and its benefits.  Please stop by 1101 South Broad Street to view the innovative stormwater treatment system.


July 9, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Aquatic Ecosystem and Stream Restoration Seminar

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – Shandor Szalay, Project Scientist at F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in stream and habitat restoration, recently presented two seminars on Aquatic Ecosystem and Stream Restoration.  The seminars took place at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  The eight hour daytime seminar was focused towards technical professionals involved in the management of natural resources.  Mr. Szalay discussed the entire stream restoration process, from assessing the restoration site, to designing restoration treatments, permitting, construction, and post-construction monitoring.  Several case studies were discussed to illustrate innovative combinations of designs and techniques.  The two hour evening seminar targeted a non-technical audience of municipal officials, watershed organization members, and private citizens. This shorter seminar gave attendees information regarding basic stream and lake shoreline restoration techniques.  Participants learned the steps to implementing a successful community-based restoration project, including securing project funding, building partnerships, project planning, arranging project design and permitting, planning volunteer planting days, coordinating construction, and conducting follow-up monitoring. Attendees traveled from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania for the popular seminars.


June 27, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Low-Impact Development and Stormwater Management Seminar

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – Dr. Frank Browne, President of F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in environmentally-sensitive site design, recently presented two seminars on Low-Impact Development and Stormwater Management.  The seminars took place at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  The eight hour daytime seminar was focused towards technical professionals involved in the management of natural resources.  Dr. Browne discussed the environmental and cost advantages of using new low-impact development concepts and conservation site design techniques.  He also presented an overview of the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality and the new NPDES Phase II regulations that are currently affecting many municipalities. The two hour evening seminar targeted a non-technical audience of municipal officials, watershed organization members, and private citizens. This shorter seminar gave attendees information regarding managing stormwater to improve water quality; including recent changes to stormwater regulations, how to write better stormwater ordinances, and new technologies used to for treating stormwater runoff.  Attendees traveled from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania for the popular seminars.


June 10, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Create Innovative Wetland Stormwater Treatment System

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has received funding from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc. to retrofit their stormwater detention basin into an innovative wetland stormwater treatment system.  The funds will be used to design and implement the retrofit, which will enhance the water quality by aiding in removing pollutants from stormwater runoff and providing an excellent source of habitat for nesting waterfowl and other wetland dependent species.  The project will demonstrate the use of stormwater best management practices (BMPs), a topic which most local municipalities are dealing with right now as a result of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II regulations.  The wetland will include a display sign that will describe the project and its benefits to be used as an educational tool for surrounding communities and school groups.


May 29, 2003

Engineering Associate Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – Salvatore J. Caiazzo has recently joined F. X. Browne, Inc. as an Engineering Associate at their office located in East Stroudsburg, PA.  Mr. Caiazzo received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Science, from Lafayette College.  Mr. Caiazzo brings a range of experience including surveying and drafting for site plans, land development planning, grading plans and subdivision plans.


May 13, 2003

Administrative Assistant Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Pamela J. Kemecsy has recently joined F. X. Browne, Inc. as an Administrative Assistant.  Ms. Kemecsy will be located at F. X. Browne, Inc.’s office in East Stroudsburg, PA.  She will be responsible for managing and providing administrative tasks and office management.  Ms. Kemecsy has taken courses in business administration at Bloomsburg University and she brings a great deal of experience in office management from previous positions that she has held.


April 29, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Oversee Lake Lily Dredging Project

Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, is assisting Cape May Point Borough, Cape May County, New Jersey to get their dredging project out to bid for Lake Lily.  F. X. Browne, Inc. designed the innovative dredging project which will improve water quality and flood control by removing 26,000 cubic yards of sediments that have built up in the lake.  The dredged material, which is rich in nutrients, will be disposed of at the former Harbison-Walker Magnesite Plant to improve soil conditions.  F. X. Browne, Inc. assisted the Borough in obtaining funding to conduct the $715,000 project. The dredging project is expected to begin this fall. 


March 24, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Provide Engineering Services for Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Marshalls Creek, PA – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by Ski Shawnee Inc., Monroe County, Pennsylvania to provide engineering services for their Shawnee Mountain Ski Area Snowmaking Pond Dredging and Dam Reconstruction Project.  F. X. Browne, Inc. will develop a Dredging and Dam Reconstruction Plan, and will work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Dam Safety, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the Monroe County Conservation District, and other regulatory agencies to design the improvements to the existing dam.  This project will result in a sustainable water source for snowmaking at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, while preserving the high quality wetlands and water resources that are supported by the existing snowmaking pond. F. X. Browne, Inc. will also be required to perform environmental studies of the area, acquire the appropriate permits, develop innovative mitigation plans, and provide construction observation services.


March 12, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design and Implement Streambank Stabilization Along Buck Run

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by West Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania to design and implement streambank stabilization and habitat enhancement measures along Rokeby Road.  The project is intended to correct severe streambank erosion along 200 linear feet of Buck Run and prevent the erosion from endangering Rokeby Road.  The project will also improve the local habitat features of the stream and its surrounding area. F. X. Browne, Inc. will also be responsible for obtaining the necessary permits and providing construction observation services for the project.  The Streambank Stabilization project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this summer.


February 26, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Develop Greenways Plan for Crosswicks/Doctors Creek Watershed

Lansdale, PA – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by the Borough of Allentown, NJ to develop a Greenways Plan for the Crosswicks/Doctors Creek Watershed.  F. X. Browne, Inc. is working with the Crosswicks/Doctors Creek Regional Greenways Planning Group to develop a Greenways Plan that focuses on protecting water quality, preserving open space and greenways, and protecting historic vistas and sites.  ArcView GIS is being used extensively to develop maps and identify greenways. The project will include possible partnerships, land protection options, restoration options, and funding sources.  


February 19, 2003

Project Engineer Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – Catherine J. Chomat, P.E. has recently joined F. X. Browne, Inc. as a Project Engineer at their office in Lansdale, PA.  Ms. Chomat received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Swarthmore College.  She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources from Stanford University and is currently working towards a certificate in Stormwater Management and Urban Hydrology from Villanova University.  Ms. Chomat brings a range of experience including environmental site assessments, stormwater management, site remediation, permitting and design, and construction oversight.


February 6, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design Lake Restoration Program for Cedar Brook Park Lake

Lansdale, PA – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by Union County to implement a Watershed Management Plan for Cedar Brook Park Lake.  The project will include lake dredging, shoreline restoration, lake aeration, alum treatment, and a public education program.  F. X. Browne, Inc. will perform all of the design and permitting needed for the restoration project.  F. X. Browne, Inc. will also monitor water quality to evaluate the effectiveness of the restoration program.


January 15, 2003

F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design Lake Restoration Program for Warinanco Park Lake

Lansdale, PA – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by Union County to design lake restoration measures for Warinanco Park Lake.  The restoration activities, funded by a  grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will include the design and permitting of shoreline stabilization measures for Warinanco Park Lake; the design, permitting, and bidding of a created wetland system at Warinanco Park Lagoon; water quality monitoring; and development of an educational display which will be installed in the park.  
F. X. Browne, Inc. was instrumental in obtaining the grant funds from the state of New Jersey.