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EnviroGene and Cascade Consulting announce collaboration in the field of water pollution

19th January 2009, Tredomen, Wales and Manchester, England: EnviroGene, a molecular diagnostics company enabling informed capital expenditure for the management of essential natural resources, has announced its collaboration with Cascade Consulting, a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy and project management company with strong expertise in the water sector. Clients, including UK water utilities and the Environment Agency, will now have access to a full range of services which will help them to achieve regulator-imposed performance targets and to capture information that allows capital expenditure to be targeted where it is most effective.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cascade Consulting will offer its consultancy services in conjunction with EnviroGene’s molecular diagnostics services including unique environmental tracing technology (EnviroTrace®) and faecal water pollution microbial source tracking. Cascade is well known for its ability to produce insightful science-based analysis and solutions for complex or sensitive water management projects. Its core group of in-house experts embraces a wide range of relevant technical disciplines. EnviroGene’s molecular diagnostic technology can be used to determine the species responsible for faecal pollution of a waterway, and its DNA-based tracers (EnviroTrace) enable identification of the source of pollution. The technology may be applied to any water system, including river catchments, failing beaches, leaking sewer assets, shellfisheries, etc.

Commenting on the collaboration, Alex Korda, Chairman of EnviroGene, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Cascade Consulting. This collaboration agreement means that organizations involved in water and the environment can now access a complete solution for microbial source tracking and tracing studies. We look forward to exploring the new opportunities that this partnership will bring.”

Kieran Conlan, Managing Director of Cascade Consulting, said: “I am certain that Cascade’s substantial experience in water quality and ability to provide intelligent and innovative strategic analysis combined with EnviroGene’s technologies will be extremely valuable to the water sector.” -ENDS-

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About EnviroGene

EnviroGene ( has developed molecular diagnostics and nanoparticle tracing technology applicable to the fields of surface water quality, groundwater bioremediation monitoring, and upstream oil and gas activities.

In the field of water quality, EnviroGene’s molecular diagnostic technology can be used to determine the species responsible for faecal pollution of a waterway, and its DNA-based tracers (EnviroTrace) enable identification of the source of pollution. The technology may be applied to e.g. beaches, leaking sewer assets, shellfisheries, etc. EnviroGene’s technology can help customers achieve regulator-imposed performance targets and provide information to target capital expenditure to where it is actually needed. EnviroGene is further developing wider applications of EnviroTrace in areas such as groundwater tracing, potable water investigations and dangerous substance apportionment studies. In the field of bioremediation, EnviroGene uses its molecular diagnostic technology to develop assays for bacteria capable of degrading specific pollutants. As the technology is quantitative, EnviroGene can assess and monitor the activity of the bacteria, and determine the potential for and status of bioremediation within sites. The market is driven by a rapidly developing regulatory environment relating to bioremediation.

For the oil and gas industry, EnviroGene’s PetroGene™ uses molecular diagnostic technology to complement seismic and soil gas analysis, providing information to influence exploratory drilling decisions. PetroGene identifies soil microbial populations that metabolise sub-surface derived hydrocarbons. EnviroGene is also developing molecular technologies for use in other upstream oil and gas activities.

About Cascade Consulting

Cascade Consulting is an independent practice specialising in multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy and project management. We provide creative solutions, leading-edge expertise and offer a comprehensive range of services throughout the UK and Europe.

Cascade Consulting integrates both environmental and commercial considerations, looking at issues from a range of different perspectives. That way we can understand and satisfy the needs and requirements of our clients, stakeholders and regulators.

Cascade Consulting is lead by Dr Kieran Conlan and Dr Topsy Rudd, who together have over 40 years experience in environmental consultancy. This expertise is supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic team working out of three offices based in Manchester, East Grinstead and Swindon. It is through this combined wealth of expertise and knowledge that we are able to provide each client with the best specialist team for their individual project.

More information about Cascade can be found at


Rob Sleat, Managing Director
T: +44 (0) 7770 953014

Cascade Consulting
Peter Holloway, Commercial Manager
T: +44 (0) 161 227 9777

College Hill
Adam Michael, Katie Odgaard, Rebecca Walker
T: +44 (0)20 7457 2020

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