Jul 26, 2013

July/August 2013

Communities and utilities are beginning to accept the idea that a holistic approach to storm water management can help fix problems in a cost-effective and ecologically friendly way. Instead of dealing with storm water from community to community—thus…
Most professionals working in storm water management likely are aware that for the last several years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been hard at work on a new national storm water standard. Release of the draft standard has been…
It has been well documented that the current approach to land development and storm water management has experienced many cases of “unintended consequences” in actual practice. Most of these consequences have had a negative impact on the environment,…
We live at a time of chronically poor local water quality and uncertainty of adequate groundwater and surface water supplies, both nationwide and globally. Civilization faces numerous water supply changes from a variety of areas: shortages of freshwater…
Many U.S. communities are in desperate need of storm water infrastructure replacements or repairs. What these communities are discovering is just how arduous the replacement and repair process can be. There are countless financial constraints as overall…
To control storm water runoff along highways and overpasses, riprap has been the go-to material for decades in many parts of the country. Conventional wisdom and experience has taught engineers and contractors that it is cheap, plentiful and reliable. …
 Rural roads are not usually thought of as being highly trafficked, but in a remote area in northern Utah, exploration for gas and oil has brought not only more traffic, but also heavy construction vehicles that cut into the roads. In order to stabilize…
Long ago, when the Lummi American Indian tribe settled near a lake in the northwestern corner of today’s state of Washington, they called the lake Whatcom, their word for “loud water.” The name endures, with Lake Whatcom providing both freshwater and…
Northern Nevada is home to one of the most expansive and expensive highway projects in history. Since 1983, the Nevada Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, commissioned the construction of Interstate 580.…
On Oct. 29, 2012, the Mid-Atlantic states were subjected to one of the worst storms on record. Superstorm Sandy caused significant tidal flooding throughout the region, and the village of Port Norris in Commercial Township, N.J., was no exception.  Port…
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