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As I am writing this article, 2020 is thankfully in the rearview mirror. No doubt that it was immensely challenging both professionally and…
Perhaps stigma is too strong a word, but for those that have been around storm water management circles a while, it’s hard to ignore the fact that…
Nearly twenty years ago, when I was cutting my teeth in a storm water research and development laboratory, the debate over the most appropriate…
The East Side Access mega project is one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States. The project…
The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the fact that we are well and truly in this together. As a community this is illustrated…
Oil changes. Gutter cleaning. Annual doctor appointments. These are all forms of maintenance that most people would likely agree are necessary to…
Have you ever counted your blessings as you pay your utility bill? I moved to the Portland, Ore., area from the Southeast nearly 20 years ago, and…
During the second week of September 2017, it was evident that a hurricane was coming toward Florida.  I happened to live in Sarasota, Fla., at the…
I have been aware of and spoken to the issue of trash and debris in storm water systems for more than 20 years. It does not take long for anyone to…
Jurisdictions are struggling to make their infrastructure more resilient in light of challenges such as recurrent flooding, higher intensity and…
We have all heard the expression “can’t see the forest for the trees,” but when is the last time you can remember it applying to yourself? As a storm…
Have you ever repeated this lesson to yourself from the famous fable of The Tortoise and The Hare? The main takeaway being that consistent,…
Other than getting rained out, you may ask, what is the connection between storm water and baseball? For many years now, the storm water industry and…
Several 2017 storm water issues are carrying over to 2018. They include implementing the U.S. EPA’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)…
As I was recently doing some baking with my son, I realized just how important it is to follow a recipe precisely. Who knew exchanging salt for sugar…
You have heard about the environmental and regulatory reasons that total suspended solids (TSS) should matter to an industrial site and also seen…
Last week, SWS, Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD), and Water Quality Products (WQP) editors traveled to Houston to speak with water professionals…
Oh, storm water treatment performance lab testing, your time-consuming, methodical steps make me want to pull my hair out. You often leave me with…
Image: Onsite stockpiles potentially contributing TSS to storm water. Unfortunately, total suspended solids (TSS) in storm water discharges come from…
Total suspended solids (TSS) problems? Unfortunately, it is everywhere. However, if you are dealing with TSS issues on your industrial site, there…
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