Jacques Whitford acquires NAWE and EcoCheck to provide superior, sustainable environmental solutions



    SAINT JOHN, NB, April 17 /CNW/ - Jacques Whitford, an internationally
recognized leader in environmental sciences and engineering, announced today
the acquisition of U.S.-based North American Wetland Engineering, LLC (NAWE)
and EcoCheck, Inc. By joining forces with Jacques Whitford, NAWE's advanced
technologies and EcoCheck's operational capabilities will now be available to
a broader client base.
    "It is very exciting to have NAWE and EcoCheck join the Jacques Whitford
family," says Bob Youden, Chief Executive Officer of Jacques Whitford. "Not
only are we expanding our core services by incorporating their cutting-edge
technology in engineered wetlands, but we are also furthering our commitment
to sustainable initiatives and the environment."
    An award-winning ecological engineering company, NAWE's innovations in
wetland technology provide high performance and low cost solutions for their
clients. In 2002, NAWE established EcoCheck to fill a critical need for
quality infrastructure management of their wastewater systems. Engineered
wetlands greatly advance the treatment capacity of wetland treatment systems
and provide a simple, low cost alternative to challenging wastewater and water
management problems. Included in a long list of accomplishments, NAWE's team
of experts developed the first insulated engineered wetland solution proven
capable of operating year-round in cold weather climates.
    Founded in 1997 by Curtis Sparks and Scott Wallace, NAWE has been
involved in over 250 projects throughout the world. The team of 25
professionals has authored a number of United States patents, including
several on Forced Bed Aeration(TM) wetland treatment reactors. This technology
will now be available to current and future clients of Jacques Whitford.
    "Making the decision to join the Jacques Whitford team was an easy one,"
says Curtis J. Sparks, NAWE President. "By combining NAWE's technology with
Jacques Whitford's broad reach and services, we are furthering our shared
vision of creating sustainable infrastructure, providing exceptional service
and solving real problems using ecological technologies."
    Over the last 35 years, Jacques Whitford has been providing the best
solutions for their clients and the best people for the job. By continuing to
expand, the company is able to provide the most innovative skills, expertise
and technology in the industry to meet client needs.
    "We have been working with NAWE's team of experts for a number of years,"
says John Hooker, Jacques Whitford President of U.S. Operations. "Our teams
work extremely well together, making the union of the firms a natural
progression."

    About NAWE and EcoCheck (www.nawe-pa.com)

    Founded by Curtis Sparks and Scott Wallace, North American Wetland
Engineering (NAWE) is a recognized leader in the decentralized water and
wastewater industry. Since 1997, they have been providing innovative,
environmental solutions for industrial, residential and municipal clients.
Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, NAWE has extensive experience in the
design, construction, and operation of constructed wetland treatment systems.
The company is active member of the United States Green Building Council with
LEED accredited professionals and involved in water and wastewater
organizations and initiatives worldwide. In 2002, NAWE established EcoCheck,
Inc. to fill a critical need for quality infrastructure management services of
its water and wastewater systems. EcoCheck currently operates 90 systems in
Minnesota and Wisconsin. Over 25 engineers, geologists, scientists, biologists
and wastewater operators are currently employed at NAWE and EcoCheck.

    About Jacques Whitford (www.jacqueswhitford.com)

    Established in 1972, Jacques Whitford is an internationally recognized
leader in environmental sciences and geotechnical engineering. The
employee-owned consulting firm has successfully completed over 100,000
projects and has grown to include more than 1,600 colleagues. With its
executive headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick, the company has over 45
offices across Canada, the United States and internationally. Jacques Whitford
continues to grow to provide the most innovative skills, expertise and
technology in the industry to meet the needs of its clients.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Muton, Jacques Whitford,
(902) 468-0411, jeff.muton@jacqueswhitford.com; Jennifer Forbes, NAWE, (330)
463-5400, jeforbes@alltel.net

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