SRS Crisafulli News

How to clean up a flood damaged Golf Course

Posted by John Zuccerella on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

In an article written by Jeff Kolpack of Inforum, the Forum of Fargo and Moorhead, SRS Crisafulli makes news for helping the Fargo Park District plan for quick removal of anticipated flood waters at the Edgewood Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 71 Championship course beautifully located along the Red River - the very same Red River that is likely to jump it's banks.

“Enlisting the help of a small army… to fight a flood.  A very small three-piece army known as Crisafulli water pumps.”

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Over a year ago, the Fargo Park District made an investment in three Crisafulli trailer pumps to empty a basin of their golf course which floods when the Red River reaches the 30 foot flood stage.  Rather than waiting for the water to drain naturally, the District made the decision to purchase three Crisafulli water pumps. What they didn't expect was how effective the pumps would be. If the course can open weeks ahead of schedule, golfers can hit the course sooner,  enabling the District to realize a sooner than expected return on investment.

Read the entire article "Pumps may lengthen golf season at Edgewood." Also, to learn more about SRS Crisafulli and our Trailer Pumps please visit http://www.crisafullipumps.com/

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SRS Crisafulli Congratulates Miss Montana 2012 Contestants

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

SRS Crisafulli is a fan of the Miss Montana Scholarship Program.  Glendive Montana is the home of the SRS Crisafulli factory as well as the Miss Montana and Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Programs.  The Town of Glendive hosts a parade followed by three nights of competition ending with the crowning ceremony.

Wikipedia hosts some interesting and entertaining historical Miss Montana facts.  The first competition took place in 1939.  Ten years later, in 1949, after Miss Montana Carol Fraser's
"horse nearly fell into the orchestra pit, the use of live animals was banned from Miss America talent presentations."  In 1970, Miss Montana Jane Opp "took over title after original winner Kathy Huppe resigned due to pageant officials asking her to stop speaking out against the Vietnam War."

Today MissMontana.com describes the program as "the Miss Montana Scholarship Program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities to young women to promote their voices in culture, politics, and the community." 

Meet this year's Miss Montana and Miss Montana's Oustanding Teen winners:

Miss Montana

Miss Montana Alexis Wineman from Cut Bank is an art major at the University of Montana.  Her platform is autism awareness.  Read more in the Billings Gazette.  Photo Credit:  missmontana.com

 

Miss Montana Outstanding Teen 
Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Moira Flynn Shea From Helena.  Miss Shea's platform is skin cancer prevention and education.  Photo Credit:  missmontana.com

Once again, the contestants made our day last Monday by stopping by the SRS Crisafulli factory for a photo shoot.  There were 7 Miss Montana and 11 Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Contestants.  The day was a little windy and a bit chilly but these hardy Montana gals made the annual event a fun success! 

Here are some parade day photos:


Watch amateur staff video excerpts of the photo shoot.

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SRS Crisafulli Takes Notice of New Technology in Floating Wetlands

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

SRS Crisafulli spotlights an article from the magazine WaterWorld titled "Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons" by Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D.  Dr. Reinsel is a Professional Engineer who focuses on treating mining and other industrial wastewaters through biological, chemical and physical processes.

The article introduces us to research on floating treatment wetlands (FTW) and discusses FTW's ability to reduce nutrient levels in lagoons, including small municipal systems with average flows between 12 - 16 gallons per minute.

These studies review and compare the effectiveness of applications in wastewater treatment lagoons, raw wastewater, ponds and lakes, and agricultural runoff into waterways.  The earliest study conducted was for a Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) grant.  The Rehberg Ranch, a planned community near Billings Montana, is one of the sites for this FTW study.

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Rehberg Ranch Residential Subdivision, Billings, Montana.  Photo Credit:  Midwest Floating Island, LLC

Midwest Floating Island, LLC has published case studies summarizing FTW technology. Case studies include the Rehberg Ranch lagoon, McLean's Pit Landfill in New Zealand and an alternative nesting habitat in California. 

The Midwest Floating Island FTWs are constructed of post-consumer polymer fibers, vegetated with native plants.  FTWs mimic the ability of natural wetlands to clean water by bringing a "concentrated wetland effect" to any water body - in this case, an aerated wastewater lagoon.

Read the WaterWorld article Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons.

About the author:  Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D., P.E., is President of Apex Engineering. Dr. Reinsel has 27 years of experience in consulting, industry and academia.

Learn about the colorful history of Rehberg Ranch.

Submit your own Crisafulli product experience case history.

Watch Crisafulli product videos.

Shop the Crisafulli product catalog.

 

 

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Direct to Montana

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

Our friend, Governor Schweitzer, is in New York City this week promoting Montana tourism:  “go to Montana to see how it was.” 

His friend, David Letterman, hosted him on the Late Show last night.

Of great interest to me was Governor Schweitzer’s announcement of the direct from New York to somewhere in Montana flight, which I had heard rumored.  I am a frequent commuter from our home near New York City to SRS Crisafulli’s manufacturing plant in Eastern Montana.  The idea of a direct flight is appealing.

So, the answer is...

Starting on June 9, and running on Saturdays through September 1, for $600 on United Airlines, you can catch a flight from Newark, New Jersey (airport code EWR) at 8:30 in the morning Eastern Time, and be in Bozeman, Montana (airport code BZN) at 10:15 am Mountain Time, a four hour forty-two minutes elapsed time direct flight.  The following Saturday, if you get to the Bozeman airport by noon, you will be back in Newark by 6:00, a four hour elapsed time flight, with good tail winds.

Bozeman Airport
 Photo Credit:  bozemannet.com

So why Bozeman?  You’ve landed west of Billings, south of Helena, and 90 minutes to the north gate of the Yellowstone National Park.  Bozeman is the 4th largest city in the state - population 37,000. 

The city was founded in 1883. Bozeman is a college town at 4,820 feet, in the Bridger Mountains, the Tobacco Root Mountains, and the Big Belt Mountains, east of the Continental divide. 

Bozeman is a great launching place for a summer holiday, and only five and a half hours west of our town, Glendive, by road.

Well done, Governor!

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SRS Crisafulli's Guest Author Dr. Losoncy on Water

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Article submitted by Dr. Larry Losoncy, CEO of Clean Up America

Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

Two great crises face the world: shortages of energy and water. The world's population is heading towards seven billion.  It is expected to continue increasing to nearly nine billion people. In order to sustain and enhance life for this many people, it is absolutely necessary that industrialization expand around the world.  As industrialization expands, the need for energy also expands, as does the need for safe fresh water.  Ironic that a planet with many times more surface water than land mass should now be desperate for usable water!

Great Lakes
Photo Credit:  The Great Lakes; Visible Earth:  A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet

One fifth of the world's surface freshwater lies in the Great Lakes. That says much about how the rest of the world lacks for lakes.  Almost all of the streams and rivers on earth are now compromised, needing more and more treatment to be safe (an example of how energy and water use are linked).  Drought, flooding from climate change, pollution from wastewater, and overuse are also wrecking havoc with most rivers, both here and abroad. 

Wells are increasingly threatened by groundwater pollution, unless they are deep aquifers - too far below the surface to be contaminated.  Unfortunately, however, Deep aquifers cannot replenish - precisely because they are so deep.  When pumped for irrigation, drinking water and industrial uses, they are depleted.

New technologies and strategies that go beyond conservation are needed for energy production.  Likewise, the response to water needs must go beyond conservation. New technologies for treating seawater, better use of irrigation, alternatives to water use in producing and packaging food and in the production of energy and in industrial processes are needed RIGHT NOW. 

Our nation and world would do well to work together at these challenges.

 

Wish to share a thought?  You can leave a comment below this article.

Read about Crisafulli's FLUMP dredge's contribution to a remediation effort at the Three Crowns Golf Course

Read how Pond Recovery Services of Hainesport New Jersey used Crisafulli's Rotomite for their shoreline remediation project.

Do you have a project?  Have an SRS Crisafulli Specialist consult with you.

 

Contact Dr. Losoncy about training and business coaching at cuatulsa@cox.net.

Dr. Losoncy, Ph.D., is the CEO of Clean Up America, Inc., a company that markets waterless sanitation systems, including the South African Enviroloo. He writes about environmental and business management issues and does training and consulting. He is also a mental health professional, licensed as a marriage/family therapist. He brings communication and psychological perspectives to bear on business practices.

 

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 3 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Superfund

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund, was created by the United States government in 1980. This fund was created to finance cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Superfund grants earmark funds for hazardous waste removal and remediation by qualified agencies and contractors. The funds are collected through corporate taxes levied on companies in the industries (mining, oil and gas, etc.) as well as awards recovered through litigation directly against the responsible companies.

Superfund sites are publicly listed at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/.

 

Superfund Regions Cleanup SitesUS RegionsGraphic Courtesy of www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/

 

Leading edge mineral identification technology such as XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) Analyzers enables speedy identification of contaminated areas and quickly pinpoints contamination sources within these sites.

 

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Photo Courtesy of www.innovx.ca/

Sites are being continuously added to the Superfund database such as Chevron’s Questa Molybdenum mine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The largest gold producing countries

South Africa holds a dominant position in total historic world gold output, much of which was produced in the last century. Today, Australia, Russia, the US, and China are competing for the top spot.

 

About the author

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

 

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 2 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Waste processing and storage

A good operator first understands the unique characteristics of the mineral deposit under their management. Each deposit is unique, as is the volumes and types of waste streams it will generate. Waste characteristics to be considered include: storage structure integrity, waste chemistry (including interaction with other materials), particle size, shape, hardness, mechanical properties, specific gravity and more. To enable storage facilities to effectively withstand chemical and mechanical stresses, groundwater dynamics and affected aquifers must be identified through a hydrological site study. To ensure that equipment matches the specific working conditions and requirements, company engineers and project managers must work closely with their equipment providers

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in a Lined Gold Reclamation Lagoon

World class operators understand that reclamation is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity to enhance the reputation and image of the industry. On mine closure, up-to-date knowledge, technology and equipment can be used to enhance landform aesthetics and functionality, leaving the land in better condition than when they found it.

 

About the author

 

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

 

Be sure not to miss part 3 of this article, Superfund and the largest gold producing countries – subscribe to this RSS feed (above this article).

 

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

 

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 1 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Impacts of gold mining and mineral processing on communities and the environment

Mining operations today have a wide range of economic, environmental and cultural impacts on society.  Such impacts may be either positive or negative.

On the one hand, mining can provide an economic boon to the local community.  A new mining venture may create jobs, improve local infrastructure, enhance quality of living and even increase property values for nearby population centers. Along with job creation, there are also skills-enhancement programs which improve the education, ability and value of mine personnel within the community.

near gold mine Near a Gold Mine in a Rural African Community

On the other hand, mining communities can be strongly affected by commodity price declines. Moreover, when mines and mills shut down, the entire community can be devastated. In such cases, the mine operator is often blamed despite their inability to affect market conditions. For this reason, responsible operators will plan ahead for mine closures. One approach is to earmark funds for community enhancement programs, such as cross-training programs which upgrade mine personnel skill sets for compatibility with potential post-closure industries.

Mining can have various impacts on the environment. No two mines or mineral deposits are exactly the same – each one has its own inherent risks. While initial emphasis must focus on the economic extraction of valuable minerals, an important key to sustainable operations is effective management of high volumes of waste and byproduct. Using a gold mine as an example, economic grades of ore may have gold concentrations as low as 1 part per million, therefore the principal task of mining can be 99% waste management.

The earth is constantly shifting. This shifting can cause the destruction of habitat, species and communities due to soil erosion, breached tailings dams, ruptured geo-containment structures and other storage failures. Long-term waste storage structures must be effectively designed by qualified operators to withstand this shifting.

Another concern for communities is the potential loss of culturally significant land. In most developed countries, mechanisms exist for archeological review of potentially affected sites prior to setting a reclamation bond and issuing permits. In many jurisdictions where indigenous cultures exist these groups are given the opportunity to participate in the archaeological evaluation process themselves, to identify and safeguard culturally significant areas.

 

About the author

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

Be sure not to miss Part 2 of this article, Waste processing and storage - subscribe to this RSS feed (above this article).

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

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SRS Crisafulli Hosts Miss Montana Contestants for 5th Year

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

Glendive, Montana has held the Miss Montana Scholarship Program since 2005.  SRS Crisafulli, Inc. signed on as a sponsor in 2006.  We were inspired in part by the model of the Blue Crew from our competitor, Thompson Pump.

Each year SRS Crisafulli invites the contestants to the factory for a tour and a photo shoot.  SRS Crisafulli supports these young women in their goals for higher learning and their community volunteerism. 

The contestants visit is a favorite day at the factory.

This year the Miss Montana Outstanding Teen Contestants also toured the SRS Crisafulli factory and participated in the photo shoot, with great success. 

A full twelve month calendar is in the final planning stages, and will feature the ladies from both groups of contestants. 

Pre-Order SRS Crisafulli's 2012 Miss Montana and Miss Montana Outstanding Teen Calendar.

View some pictures from their visit -use the stop button if they change too quickly.

Congratulations to Miss Montana 2011, Veronika Ohlinger from Cooke City, Montana.  Miss Ohlinger will represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, January, 2012.  She is a Montana ambassador, speaking to schools, conferences and at special events. Her platform is Inspiring America: Dare to Dream.  

Miss Montana-Veronika Ohlinger Miss Montana 2011 Veronika Ohlinger

Jalyssa Gorder of Sidney, Montana was named 2011 Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen at the Miss Montana Scholarship Pageant in Glendive.  Jalyssa won a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Gorder represented Montana in Orlando, FL at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in August.

 Miss Montana Outstanding Teen 2011Miss Montana Outstanding Teen 2011 Jalyssa Gorder

SRS Crisafulli congratulates these young women and wishes them all the success in their endeavors.

Visit the Miss Montana website.

To join us and the Glendive and Montana communities in supporting the Miss Montana Scholarship Program by becoming a sponsor, contact:

I.M.A.G.E Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 504
Glendive, MT 59330
(406) 939-1392

kburman@missmontana.com

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55% of Award Projects Based on "Best Value"; SRS Crisafulli Responds

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

SRS Crisafulli prides itself on the high quality, reliability and durability of its dredges, pumps and power units.  SRS Crisafulli asserts "Best Value" for its products.  But is "Best Value" always what our customers are looking for? 

header logo1 resized 600The July 2011 Public Works publication titled 'Holding Steady and Looking Ahead' cites poll results from their readers.


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“Public private partnerships are an important option that can be utilized in times of economic uncertainty and in periods of prosperity. There is a nexus between the public sector’s needs and the private sector’s goals. Local and state governments, particularly in today’s challenging economic times, need to find innovative ways to improve infrastructure that makes sense to the taxpayer.”
– Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resource of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Source:The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Many of SRS Crisafulli's customers are contractors, engineers, as well as municipal, state and government agencies.   This Public Works article describes the current views of its readers regarding public/private partnerships.

"As budgets shrink, public agencies are exploring alternative project delivery methods.  Arrangements such as public/private partnerships can help fill short-term funding gaps - assuming there are private funds to be had.  Nearly a quarter of Public Works readers have tried a partnership at least once..." Source:  Public Works.
 
SRS Crisafulli finds this information intriguing. 

We wonder how our customers would answer the same question. 

So we created our own poll.  What do YOU say?  If you bid on government projects, please leave your comments below.

 
Read the Public Works article.

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Are you bidding on a pump or dredge project? Contact us today!

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