Apr 01, 2008

April 2008

Water covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and the remaining land-covered portion is undergoing rapid development. The subsequent loss of greenery and increase in impervious surface coverage places a significant strain on natural…
The emerging low-impact development (LID) movement seeks to provide solutions that reduce impervious area and restore predevelopment hydrology. It is understood that small storms are responsible for most annual urban runoff and groundwater recharge, and…
In October 2000, the European Union Water Framework Directive (EUWFD) was adopted, expanding the scope of water protection to all continental water bodies. It set a clear objective that “good status” must be achieved in all European waters by 2015 to…
One of the biggest challenges of operating a wastewater system in a rainy climate is controlling the high volumes of storm water that get into sewer pipes, taking up needed capacity and causing overflows that can degrade water quality and threaten public…
In 1991, DelDOT found itself subject to a new state law and regulations requiring the treatment of storm water pollution (7 Del. C., Ch. 40) as well as the control of flooding associated with the effects of development, highway widening and increased…
Since its inception, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRDGC) Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) has not only abated flooding and pollution in the area, it has helped preserve the integrity of Lake Michigan. The main goals…
Canal restoration project leaders choose an erosion control system that looks natural, protects a Florida ecosystemThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is the world’s largest water control system, protecting more than 6 million people that…
Part 1 of this article was featured in the January/February issue of SWS. Now let us shift focus and look further into the parking lot design issue. As mentioned in Part 1, it has some low-hanging fruit, or relatively easy solutions, for storm water…
Charlotte’s Storm Water Services was established in 1993 when the city acquired its first National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The utility was set up to address problems caused by storm water runoff from public streets. Its goal is to…
Roma Court, a 55,000-sq-ft development located in Palm Coast, Fla., is expected to be completed in 2008. Roma Court will offer retail, restaurant and office space surrounding an interior courtyard featuring Italian Renaissance architecture, grand…
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