Blogs

Total suspended solids (TSS) problems? Unfortunately, it is everywhere. However, if you are dealing with TSS issues on your industrial site, there are some things you should know about where it might be coming from and what you can do about it through best management practices (BMPs). Don’t...

I had an interesting sequence of thoughts after watching my 12-year old daughter chat with a friend on her cell phone about a music video they were simultaneously streaming on their laptops. It’s easy to marvel at a kid’s fluidity with technology that didn’t exist when they were born, but I...

Last month, I talked about how “Training Is Not an Option, It Is a Requirement,” and two of the keys to making a training session successful are 1) making it engaging, and 2) making it relatable. In...

It's hard to believe it's already mid-July. But in the publishing world, approaching the midpoint of summer means it's time to start thinking about the end of the year. We're hard at work here at SWS planning a new virtual event, finalizing details for our first live event and getting ready to...

Why is one of the most critical components of your storm water program the one most likely to be forgotten about? I am talking about training that often is neglected, but is a key indicator of success. Is it human nature to put off the things we don’t know about to go from A to B easily? Almost...

Infrastructure is a modern creation. The first recorded use of the word was in 1927, and it didn’t enter the common public vernacular until sometime in the 1970s.  And much of the transportation, energy, water and waste management infrastructure that recently received an overall grade of D...

The big three of storm water permits, municipal, construction and industrial, all have a core component of inspections. While the physical locations may be different, as a scrap metal recycler operates in a way that an earthworks contractor grading a residential subdivision does not, the permits...

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on April 10, and all eyes were on the journalism awards. Some of the largest newspapers from around the country took home awards, including the New York Times, the...

A couple weeks ago, a friend and I embarked on a road trip from Chicago to Washington, D.C. We spent 11 hours driving through varied terrain—across the flat roads of the Midwest, through Indiana construction zones and through the mountains of western Pennsylvania. After a while, I found myself...

In 2017, more than 4,000 storm water professionals will attend our webinars, come to our training sessions and talk to us on their sites. They all are looking for that great storm water control measure (SCM) or best management practice (BMP) that will magically reduce their concentrations of...

In the thick of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump seems to be making good on his promise to curb regulations. This time, he's targeting the water industry. On Feb. 28, Trump signed an...

Despite the state of California’s recent drought, nearly 200,000 residents this week faced the threat of massive flooding.

As of Feb. 14, residents near Northern California’s Lake...

One of the most worrisome parts of a facility’s industrial storm water program is the potentially expensive notice of intent to sue or 60-day notice. This letter is the opening...

Zinc can be a particularly problematic compound on industrial sites because the source of zinc in storm water discharges is often hard to determine. Industrial storm water often contains a mix of metals, sediment, oil and grease, and other potential pollutants with many potential sources from...

As we move into 2017 with the new Trump administration, there are many questions about what is in store for the environmental community and regulations over the next four years or so. Large-scale issues, such as climate change and associated regulatory actions, look as if they will be curtailed...

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Arctic Research Program released its annual Arctic Report Card at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco Dec. 13. I have to admit, writing about...

Water is back in the headlines. This time we move from the Flint, Mich., lead contamination crisis to the small town of Cannon Ball, N.D., where thousands of protestors set up camp to oppose construction of an oil pipeline beneath the Missouri River and near a Native American reservation. The...

Last week, I traveled to Birmingham, Ala., for the Southeast Stormwater Assn.’s annual conference. Conferences like these are a great way for my colleagues and I to keep up with the industry and learn about the issues that matter to storm water and erosion control professionals in all regions of...

Selecting structural BMPs for industrial and commercial properties can be tricky. Regulatory demands, site conditions, and costs all impact the choices property owners must make. Luckily, today’s free webinar will focus on identifying, evaluating and selecting BMPs for pollutant removal on these...

Hurricane Matthew may be gone, but the effects of the deadly winds and floods will be felt in Haiti and the southeastern U.S. for much longer than the storm's five-day stint on land.

North Carolina residents are being told to evacuate as rivers continue to swell and threaten to flood...