Aug 06, 2012

July/August 2012

This summer has been a hot, dry one for many parts of the U.S., which created concerns about drought, wildfires and water availability. Much of the nation has suffered through a crippling heat wave during at least one point this summer; Colorado…
The task of selecting the proper storm water best management practice (BMP) for a site can be tedious. There are thousands of choices, from drainage swales and silt fences to hydrodynamic separation and storm water filtration systems. As a state storm…
Vegetation is the most accepted method for protecting against erosion. However, when sites exhibit extreme conditions where high-flow velocities and shear stresses exceed the limits of natural vegetation, “hard armor” is often assumed to be the only…
The bustling southwest concourse (SWC) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is home to roughly 5,000 students. Designed in the late 1960s Brutalist-style architecture, the mix of 19 high- and low-rise buildings in the SWC were constructed using…
Street cleaning is a duty of local government that many residents may take for granted. But without it, however, streets would be left cluttered with debris and leaves, especially in the fall. Keeping it Clean in Illinois Virtually every municipality has…
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) knew that the big box culvert running under State Road 64 in downtown Bradenton, Fla., either had to be replaced or rehabilitated—the question was how.  “We’re not even sure how old this culvert is, but…
As special events necessitated additional parking at the Dallas Country Club, club officials wanted a way to maximize space without adding concrete parking spaces or damaging the club’s grounds. After investigating a wide variety of products and options—…
The Appalachian Coal Basin encompasses multiple mountain ranges, several major river gorges and numerous state and national parks. The striking geography of the region draws visitors from across the country and around the world. The area also is home to…
Operating a landfill in a canyon setting is anything but easy. Large swaths of bare soil on steep slopes need to be held in place to prevent airborne dust and soil sediment runoff. Extreme winds, unpredictable rains and spotty sunlight make erosion…
In a time of ever-increasing costs and growing environmental consciousness, rainwater harvesting and reuse remains a viable solution for businesses and utilities looking to shrink their water bills and prevent pollution. Here, SWS Associate Editor Nicole…
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