Storm Water Solutions Current Issue

The idea of the future can be scary. We live in a world of great paradigm shifts, where weather patterns are becoming progressively unpredictable, market outlooks swing daily and political arguments continue to divide our...
Homeowners in Indiana researched types of material to use for their driveway. They had homeowner association and regulatory considerations for the porosity of the paving material, and for the amount of credit received in...
Deicing operations at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids, Mich., contributed to a nuisance biofilm condition in a tributary of the Thornapple River that received storm water runoff.  Among...
At Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, a tidal ditch embankment needed restoration and effective erosion control. The tidal ditch, a conduit for storm water, runs roughly parallel to one of the airport’s...
The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, which serves 18 million customers, suspected trouble spots in a World War II-era coal tar-lined water line. This 40,000-ft primary feeder line to four densely...
Miami Beach, Fla., is a beautiful resort community on the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the infrastructure that transports storm water to the sea was built just a few inches above sea level. Over the years, these structures have...
During typical rain events, a creek drain in Ann Arbor, Mich., would rise significantly and backflow into a connecting storm sewer, causing flooding on adjacent heavily traveled streets and properties. The city installed a...
Louie the King said, “Yes, I think it can be easily done./Just take everything down to Highway 61,” in Bob Dylan’s song, “Highway 61 Revisited.” Dylan, who grew up along the north section of Highway 61, explained in his...
In May 2015, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) Bureau of Drainage Engineering & Operations was faced with an urgent situation. A state-owned 18-in. corrugated metal storm drainage pipe crossing under a...
Water is a valuable resource in the arid regions of the United Irrigation District (UID) in southern Alberta, Canada. Agriculture uses 60% to 65% of the freshwater consumed. Water use is closely regulated and monitored....
United States Cold Storage, a national public refrigerated warehouse operator, has been providing refrigerated storage services to the food industry since 1889. The organization recently chose to increase its presence in...
The Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, located in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., is a LEED-certified building with a collaborative environment designed to foster innovation and creativity.  The project came about because...
Denville, N.J., is where Interstate 80, Route 46 and the Rockaway River intersect. If left unchecked, highway runoff, which includes deicing salt, motor fuel, oil, antifreeze and litter, would pollute the Rockaway River. A...
Founded in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg, Bucknell University has grown into a prominent liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. In order to account for its growth over time, Bucknell took on a large-scale campus...
The Geoblock porous pavement system offered a green alternative to traditional asphalt paving for 1,200 ft of roadway and two parking areas at the Gainesville, Fla., Regional Utilities’ Eastside Operations Center. ...
LakePoint Sporting Community is located off Interstate 75 in Emerson, Ga., just 30 minutes north of Atlanta. With more than a million visitors in its first year, LakePoint is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest...
A large water treatment plant on the Atlantic coast of Florida chose to replace aging concrete trench panels with a series of lightweight composite alternatives. The facility, which produces approximately 30 million gal...
Located within Chicago’s bustling city limits, Lincoln Park Zoo provides residents with a wildlife escape from their daily activities. For visitors, a new, larger habitat for the polar bears is being added to the zoo, and...
In the middle of a local business district in Mill Creek, Wash., sits Pond 6, a regional detention facility that was constructed well before the current western Washington flow control and water quality standards were put in...
The challenge to designers of a new soccer stadium outside Monterrey, Mexico, was to meet the strict pervious standards set by local requirements and the groundswell of environmental concerns for local flora and fauna....
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