May 01, 2011

May/June 2011

Like so many storm water industry issues, beach water quality affects us as both professionals and members of the general public. Beach closings usually are the result of too-high bacteria counts, and heavy rainfall, sewer overflows and inadequate…
The implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) has increased considerably in recent years, especially those limiting nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, both of which are difficult to remove from storm water flows. Although we have seen…
Profitability is the goal of all businesses, though many are struggling to survive in the current economic climate. To be profitable, it is not enough just to get better at what we always have done. There is a bigger risk to the heavy-construction sector…
Communities across the country are facing the challenge of implementing fees to pay for necessary repairs to the aging storm water system, as well as maintaining and installing new structures. Despite dramatic evidence during rainstorms that the storm…
After 15 years of development and planning, on July 1, 2010, the city of Philadelphia adopted a new approach for assessing nonresidential property owners’ storm water management fees. Over the course of three years, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD…
Two significant environmental challenges facing new construction projects are water conservation and the handling of storm water runoff to remove pollutants and prevent erosion. College Park, Ga., recently resolved both issues with an elegantly linked…
Operations managers for storm drain cleaning companies get to see a lot of construction sites. They also see a lot of manufactured devices that are impacted by the efficiency of the erosion and sedimentation controls on these sites. While most of the…
A proactive maintenance program and a cost-effective sewer and catch basin cleaner enable Saratoga County, located 30 miles north of Albany, N.Y., to provide its 125,000 residents with a reliable sewer system with minimal blockages. Even in the face of…
The city of Greeley is located in northern Colorado, about 60 miles northeast of Denver. Greeley’s municipal water utility is focused on ensuring that the community has a healthy and secure water future. One major effort in accomplishing that goal has…
New retail plaza installs underground chamber system Montgomery, Ala., was slated to receive a new retail plaza with eight 1,500-sq-ft rental units and a 17,000-sq-ft Looking Good store, which offers men’s clothing and sportswear. When planning for the…
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