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T.S. Eliot was not referring to weather alone in those lines from his famous poem, “The Waste Land,” but he may as well have been writing about the erratic spring the nation has experienced this year, with droughts,...
Tax incentives can have a noticeable effect on the storm water industry. As recently as 2013, there was an increase in projects beginning construction for wind energy facilities. This was a result of the expiration of the...
Flooding caused by damage of the hydrological system and natural landscape can be attributed to improper storm water drainage design. Engineers in developing countries often try to solve flooding problems by expanding and...
We have always had roughly the same amount of freshwater on Earth—about 2.5% of the total water volume on the planet. Unfortunately, it seems that at the local level, the amount of freshwater made available through...
California experienced a record dry year in 2013. Many cities received only half the precipitation of their previous driest years. Los Angeles received 3.6 in. of rain—24% of the average yearly rainfall for the city of 13...
What once was the predominantly agricultural landscape of DuPage County, Ill., now is home to mega corporations such as McDonald’s, Sara Lee and Navistar. The county has grown dramatically over the past half-century, with a...
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed interchange improvements on State Route 132 (SR 132) in the city of Tracy in San Joaquin County.    The affected area included the...
Maintaining compliance with the NPDES Stormwater Permit can be a daunting task. Whether for a general or individual permit, there are dozens of tasks to be performed to document facility inspections, storm water sampling,...
More attention than ever is being paid to how storm water runoff is managed on construction sites. Suggest the idea of numeric effluent limits to anyone in the construction or engineering industries and they may reference...
Impervious paved surfaces prevent rainwater from infiltrating into the soil, which generates excessive storm water runoff contaminated with a wide range of pollutants. Airports often are a major contributor to storm water...
Adding green infrastructure to commercial or municipal properties can have multiple benefits. SWS Managing Editor Mary Beth Nevulis spoke with Larry Levine, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to...