March/April 2017

During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump made sweeping promises to cut regulations, vowing to eliminate two existing federal regulations for every new one put in place. President Trump seems to be making good on that promise...
Given the number of conversations I have had in recent months with other storm water professionals who do not entirely understand the value of incorporating the sediment mass load capacity of a filtration best management practice (BMP) into the design...
Coal combustion residual (CCR) materials from coal-fired steam electric generating stations are placed in ponds and landfills for disposal and containment. The John E. Amos Landfill, an industrial landfill operated by American Electric Power in West...
In 2008, Roma, Texas, experienced a major flooding event; in the ensuing years, it experienced several more flooding episodes that caused further damage to public and private property. Roma is located in Starr County, in the southern part of the state...
Almost 90,000 sq ft of geosynthetic material have been installed at the Daniel Boone Bridge.  The Daniel Boone Bridge Design-Build Project began with an investigation by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in the early 2000s. The goal...
An example of permeable pavement incorporated into a sitting area.  Today’s storm water management codes and ordinances often are an afterthought in site design—a necessary function to carry a project through construction permitting to lessen...
No detail was overlooked in the $485 million renovation and reconstruction of Kyle Field, the football stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. These details include the 25,000-sq-ft track surrounding the playing field...
The push is on for governmental bodies to become better stewards of public funds. The Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA) in southeast Texas actively pursues that goal by maximizing utilization of its budgets and personnel. LNVA primarily self-performs...
What do rabbits on a small inconspicuous island in the Inland Sea of Japan and construction jobsites have in common? They are all are part of an analogy that provides a different look at vegetation’s nutrient needs. The analogy also will show that it is...
The value of rainwater varies throughout the world, but when it floods a basement, inundates streets and parks, and overwhelms sewer systems, the worth of that water plummets. A community located 2 miles from Lake Michigan with areas that regularly flood...

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