Aug 01, 2008

August 2008

… And up went river levels. Whether learned via newspaper photos and television clips or glimpses into one’s own backyard, the general population knows the effects of this springtime flood routine all too well. The skies opened especially wide over the…
Recent flooding in the Midwest brings to mind what a dirty job it is to clean up after a storm. Urban best management practices (BMPs) are designed to bypass floods and treat runoff from the average annual rainfall event—or similar amount depending on…
A problem seen in many soil stabilization failures is that so few contractors perform soil testing, which is one of the easiest ways to improve stabilization success rates. The pH is a measurement on a scale of zero to 14. The midpoint of 7 indicates a…
The 2007 fires that ravaged California torched more than 1,000 acres of the city of Los Angeles’ coveted Griffith Park, setting the stage for potential mudslides during the rainy season. The park, located on a series of hillsides, offers magnificent…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state-authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs’ construction general permits (CGPs) require inspections be conducted of storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs)…
The Edmonston Storm Water Pump Station is located in the town of Edmonston, Md., in Prince George’s County. For years, the existing pump station had been unable to keep up with high-intensity storm flows reaching the station’s retention pond and transfer…
Few animals are more iconic for Washingtonians than salmon. The fish is a major barometer measuring environmental health; its decline represents the failures of our past and its recovery represents our desire to live in balance with the environment. The…
Many government and private entities have developed storm water management programs in order to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), also referred to as MS4 permits, Phase I and Phase II. One of the more costly aspects…
Have you ever been challenged with sampling more than one location during a single qualifying rain event? Would you like to clone yourself or your sampling technicians in order to sample more than one location at the same time to reduce mileage, time and…
Public works professionals from across the globe have gathered at APWA’s Congress & Exposition for more than 100 years. For the 2008 event, the men and women who design, build, operate, manage and maintain the infrastructure that keeps our world…
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