Storm Water Solutions Current Issue

It’s hard to be the path-maker, the trendsetter, the one who forges ahead to try something new and different while others hang back, eager to hear the results but unwilling to learn them firsthand. Being the first to do...
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began a widening and rehabilitation construction project on Interstate 26 (I-26) during the summer of 2014. This project called for the widening of I-26 from four lanes...
A new, 80,000-sq-ft Super One store located in Superior, Wis., was replacing two older, smaller grocery stores and consolidating them into one. Super One Foods is a chain of supermarkets with 33 locations in Minnesota,...
In 2013, an annual inspection in Grottoes, Va., uncovered serious problems with the town’s storm water system.  A large set of elliptical corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culverts did not pass inspection. There was severe...
The intersection of Plum and Walnut streets in Lancaster, Pa., used to be described in three ways: dangerous, ugly and prone to flooding. Today, the intersection, which used to include a large concrete island and a dangerous...
Hydrotec trench drains were a key feature in a new bus station in Middletown, Conn. In the fall of 2013, the distributor contacted Sigma to request 12-in., Class F Hydrotec trench drains with double catch basins, one of...
In Douglas County, Neb., a sure sign of spring is when the county highway department deploys its Elgin Eagle mechanical sweeper to clean the winter’s accumulation of sand and grime from 214 miles of roads, in preparation for...
The Miller Park to Pershing Sewer Separation Project included approximately 2,300 ft of 60-in.-diameter concrete pipe for storm water conveyance in the Miller Park area of Omaha, Neb. About 1,300 ft of the sewer were...
Located in northwest Washington, Snohomish County is home to a number of new residential communities, including Stratford Court and Glennwick Grove, which are owned by Phoenix Development of Lynnwood, Wash. Stratford Court,...
Different materials have been tried across the western U.S. over the past few decades to protect irrigation canal liners. One typical method uses low-cost earthen material like clay. Over time, however, these systems begin...
Because of its low-lying location on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, Hoboken, N.J., has struggled for generations with flooding when extreme wet-weather events combine with high tides. In 1998, the North Hudson...
Gladwyne Elementary School in Montgomery County, Pa., is a public school that teaches students from kingergarten to fifth grade. Although the facility consists of 31 classrooms, the elementary school found itself unable to...
The bedroom community of Farmville, Va., has a rich history, a picturesque university and plenty of small town charm. What it did not have was a storm water management program. As a result, one of the town’s major...
To overcome seasonal water shortages, Summerheights Golf Links in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, pumps irrigation water from the South Raisin River. Flow rates in the river can become very low during dry periods, so water...
Baltimore County, Md,. is in the process of upgrading its sewerage lift stations to ensure they remain operational during flood events. The county replaced conventional pumps with dry-wet submersible pumps. During a flood...
In recent years, stricter regulations have presented communities with numerous challenges to mitigating pollutants in developed areas. NPDES permits are increasing requirements to apply pollutant control measures that ensure...
Civil engineers constantly are in search of solutions for scour protection that do not include hard armament applications. The method deployed at the Williamson County Landfill, located in Franklin, Tenn., is an example of...
A series of manholes on a busy concrete roadway in Waukesha, Wis., that experienced heavy truck traffic had been deteriorating over time. When constructed, the manhole frames and covers had been adjusted to final...
Traditional sediment basins were built with a porous stone dam intended to hold muddy water while the sediment settled, then drain clean water downstream. Unfortunately, these were not very efficient, which would be proven...
The city of Santa Fe, N.M., added a Walmart Supercenter to its Entrada Contenta subdivision, a development that consists of residential and commercial land uses. SMC Consulting Engineers P.C. was retained by Walmart to...