Mar 25, 2013

March/April 2013

As we come into spring, we like to hope that those April showers will bring us May flowers. In parts of the U.S. like the arid Southwest, however, that rhyme is meaningless. Water has been the great uncertainty in the Southwest for hundreds of years, but…
Green infrastructure (GI) facilities, especially infiltration and bioretention facilities, are important components of a low impact development approach. To put it simply, their role is to provide the same runoff reduction services that the undeveloped…
Dr. Velibor Spalevic, a specialist in soil erosion and conservation with the biotechnical faculty at the University of Montenegro, scheduled a seminar in Podgorica, Montenegro. He and I spoke at the seminar along with Dr. Budimir Fustic, a soil scientist…
Across the U.S., cities are spending billions to meet increasingly stringent federal mandates for Clean Water Act compliance. These mandates, which require cities to reduce the size and frequency of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in combined sewer areas…
Managing the operations and maintenance of one of the fastest-growing airports in the world is no small task. All of that accurate, timely information has to be available to a busy and mobilized workforce.The General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA…
Never has the saying “When it rains, it pours,” been more apropos than after a heavy rain in a city burdened with an antiquated combined sewer system. In the face of scrutiny regarding combined sewer overflows (CSO) into public waterways, cities with…
After receiving a text message indicating a real-time spike in ammonium and conductivity, field technicians in Greenville County, S.C., dropped what they were doing to track the potential illicit discharge. Something unusual was going on near one of the…
Urban storm water management in a fully developed watershed with minimal storm water control measures can be a difficult and daunting task. There are many questions to ask when taking on a project, such as: Where can storm water be managed? How can storm…
A hilly site with an existing bolt factory, positioned upstream from a waterway leading to the municipal water supply, is no one’s ideal site to build on—and constructing a new mass transit facility, with its characteristic large flat roofs and broad…
The landscape transformation project at the city of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Municipal Services Center South (MSCS) building is nearing completion. The project began when the Water Use Efficiency and Storm Water & Creeks divisions teamed up to practice…
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