Jul 30, 2015

August 2015

Summertime: The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the sewers are overflowing. SWS has covered the drought in the West at length, and now it’s time to turn attention to the other side of the coin: too much rain caused by the summertime…
For storm water control measures, there is a lot of activity centered on developing programs that verify that treatment technologies do what they need to do to satisfy increasingly stringent regulations. Some argue that these programs stifle innovation…
Biotic soil amendments (BSAs) do more than just grow seed; they also grow life in the soil. This expands biodiversity and creates a living soil that makes the food supply for plants more sustainable and natural.  Soil amendments are not new; they have…
In March 2009, Dwight C. Jones, mayor of Richmond, Va., said before the city council, “We are in a unique moment in time—in a dire economy—to plot our pathway into the future.” This statement signaled the beginning of Richmond’s transformation into a “…
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are approximately 6,700 regulated small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in the U.S. that are required to obtain storm water discharge permits as part of the National…
The city of Chicago’s McCook Reservoir originally was authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 and is a key component to Chicago’s ongoing Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, more commonly known as the Chicago Deep Tunnel Project. This reservoir…
Cutting costs and adhering to environmental regulations are primary goals in many industries, but they are of essential importance in public works projects like the California high-speed rail system that require long-term planning, development and…
The Dissette Street Widening and Reconstruction Project in Bradford, Ontario, Canada, began in mid-2010. The project had several features that set it apart from other projects of its kind; chief among those was the need for the structure to be a…
The San Diego Freeway (I-405) is one of the most congested freeways in Los Angeles County, carrying more than 300,000 vehicle trips daily on some sections. The area’s population is expected to grow 11% by 2040, significantly increasing traffic volume on…
The city of Goshen, Ind.’s concern about the undersized sewer and consistent basement backups on Jefferson Street led city officials from the engineering, storm water and maintenance departments to look into a green solution that would better infiltrate…
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