May 24, 2012

May/June 2012

Green roofs are a sustainable solution that differs from other storm water management options in a couple of ways: They are out in the open for the public to see, and they brighten public spaces, turning a roof from just a cover for a building into an…
The latest rush of applications to the Washington State Department of Ecology seeking use designations for storm water treatment technologies has made clear the need for a third-party performance verification program. Objective evaluation of storm water…
We all know that water is the most powerful force impacting surface erosion and soil stability. How do we control this mighty adversary that flows across our landscape, removing precious top soil and continually destabilizing slopes and hillsides? One…
Have you ever tried to speak to a group of 300 third-grade students? It is never easy to get everyone’s attention and focus. Then try teaching them the concept of storm water pollution prevention. Believe it or not, it is possible not only to get them to…
The use of two-dimensional (2-D) storm water models has increased in recent years primarily due to advances in software, hardware and the availability of surface data. These advances allow for robust and diverse applications, including basin-wide storm…
In a planned community like Emerald Hills, storm water management not only has to function well—it has to look good, too. So when engineers and architects were challenged with creating an aesthetic solution for a roadway that bisected two retention ponds…
Low-impact development (LID) is one of the hottest topics of the day and its environmental benefits are highly touted. Its techniques are being implemented more frequently, and many regulatory stormwater programs across the country are adopting rules and…
Rapid suburban development and growth combined with a two-lane highway is bound to result in traffic bottlenecks and safety issues. So when the opportunity to widen the road in Maple Grove, Minn., presented itself after years of waiting for funding, the…
The city of Santa Fe, N.M., recently added a Walmart Supercenter to the new Entrada Contenta subdivision. The mixed-used development consists of residential and commercial land uses. SMC Consulting Engineers P.C. was retained by Walmart to engineer…
Mother Nature took the eastern seaboard by surprise in 2011 when Hurricane Irene landed ashore, but the next time this happens, at least one site will be ready. The expansive grounds of the new Madison Recreation Complex in Madison, N.J., are poised to…
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