February 2017

We may be in a new year, but my mind is still reeling over the big events of 2016. The U.S. elected a new president, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the water industry was the focus of several of the year’s top news stories. We’re only two...
Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed the final Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit Remand Rule. Until then, the federal government had not promulgated a significant storm water regulation in more than a...
Most construction projects involve earth-moving activities, which expose soil to high erosion rates. This could lead to heavy sediment loading into nearby streams. Studies have shown that erosion rates on active construction sites are 10 to 100 times...
Continuous records of environmental parameters are an important component of water resources management planning. Water levels in streams often increase within minutes and hours of a rain event and demand frequent and, thus, automated recording of...
Culverts and other storm water installations in Oregon face a special challenge, according to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) hydraulic engineer Dan Gunther.  “For the last few years, if we planned any work on a culvert in fish-bearing...
Many people believe little knowledge is needed for growing vegetation—that all you need are seeds, soil, water, fertilizer, mulch and sun. However, effectively growing vegetation requires significant input from the plant and soil sciences, as well as...
The city of San Diego seized an opportunity to pilot a green street project in the Chollas Creek watershed, a highly urbanized watershed that has total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for copper, lead and zinc. In addition to regulating TMDL requirements,...
The Parkerson Mill Creek watershed is located in Lee County in east-central Alabama. Land use in the 9-sq-mile watershed includes urban, residential, industrial and agricultural applications, and encompasses the city of Auburn, Auburn University and...
The Paseo Del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange is one of the busiest corridors in New Mexico, and there was a major issue with traffic congestion during the morning and afternoon rush hours. This road is one of the main access points to Albuquerque, and...
With warmer temperatures taking hold this winter, many communities are facing a deluge of melting snow with nowhere to go but down. SWS Managing Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Bo Gell, global product manager, wastewater, for Xylem Inc., about how this...

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