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Green infrastructure made headlines on Sept. 15 when the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved a measure requiring green roofs on all new construction projects in the city. Developers now must set aside 30% of a building’s roof space for...
When I bought my first house, my grandfather, rest his soul, gave me a toolbox filled with the most common tools and some advice. He said, “Son, this box contains all you need to solve most common household problems, but you have to pick the right tool...
New research being conducted at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, tackles some of the most challenging aspects of urban storm water management by designing and testing new methods and materials for the capture and treatment of highway runoff....
In recent years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has established stringent phosphorus limits for Wisconsin’s waterways. The new regulations state that direct discharges to Wisconsin’s rivers and streams must have phosphorus...
Above: Chamber installation took place in conjunction with other elements of the hardware store's construction and was completed without delaying the other work at the site.  Developers wanted to create a new Ace Hardware store to serve the Tampa...
Runoff from storms at the new Presidio Parkway south of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was more than the storm drains could handle.  The new road contributed 8% more runoff. Sand buried a pipe outlet 6 ft deep due to tidal motion, and storm...
With the increasing focus on storm water capture and reuse throughout California—encouraged by the continuing historic drought—the benefits that arise from responsible management of storm water are well known. These benefits can include increased water...
Above: Gravel surface prior to installation of the permeable pavement. Low impact development (LID) treatment systems commonly are used to reduce pollutant loads in runoff and provide groundwater recharge for small, frequent rainfall events. However, in...
The city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, faced two development challenges. First, pollutant-laden storm water runoff that feeds into the North Saskatchewan River through storm sewers was a major concern for the city and downstream municipalities. Second,...
Above: Supplies and schedules had to be carefully coordinated throughout the installation process.  Philadelphia’s Interstate 95 Corridor Reconstruction Project utilized more than 330,000 sq ft of the Neel Co.’s Pennsylvania Department of...

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