Sep 16, 2015

October 2015

Citizens of Chicago, where I live, recently received some exciting news: Another element of our Deep Tunnel project is finally finished. Construction on the Deep Tunnel system started in 1972 and is projected to be completed in 2029. Its most recent…
We have made significant progress toward characterizing storm water pollutant loads and evaluating the performance of storm water best management practices (BMPs). The evolution of monitoring practices, equipment and preferred analytical methods has…
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly referred to as “drones,” recently have become a hot topic of discussion. On a regular basis, media reports highlight UAV incidents involving privacy concerns and close encounters with passenger aircraft. What…
The new homeowners of a historic lakefront property in a suburb north of Milwaukee decided to make their newly acquired landscape a priority. Located on a 115-ft 2:1 bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the home is positioned at the edge of the slope. While…
Storm water is getting a lot more expensive for developers in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) modified its storm water management regulations to greatly increase the amount of storm water that must be managed…
The California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to regulate discharges associated with industrial activities. The new Industrial General Permit 2014-0057-DWQ (IGP) went into…
In recent years, problems with water quality and aquifer recharge have reached alarming levels. In Western and Southeastern states, freshwater aquifers are drying up from over-pumping due to record droughts and ever-increasing demand for water. At the…
Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, located in Havelock, N.C., has a runway system so extensive that the base served as an alternate emergency landing site for space shuttle launches out of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Since the air station was…
In the modern age of commercial development, low impact designs not only are possible, but often are required by zoning ordinances. What once was considered “green” now is the standard. Developers are pressed to create projects that not only satisfy a…
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the largest art museum in the U.S. Located since 1880 on the eastern edge of Central Park, it houses more than 2 million works of art from around the world that have been created in the past 5,000 years…
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