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“It's bad.”  My dad-a former farmer-lamented about the fields in our area. Typically, in Illinois, corn and soybeans are planted by May 15, at the latest, he said. This wasn’t an option, however, as the state experienced near constant rain for much of…
In December 2017, the Thomas Fire ignited in Southern California and quickly expanded to become-at the time-the largest wildfire in modern California history. The fire caused more than $2.2 billion in damages. More than 8,500 firefighters worked to…
Located 25 miles southwest of Charleston, S.C., Kiawah Island, S.C., is one of the most popular barrier island destinations along the Atlantic Ocean. Living along the coastal waters presents many challenges for the residents of the island. While large-…
The ponds and lakes around the greater Houston, Texas, area add a beautiful dimension to the communities and to the city as a whole. While these community lakes are aesthetically pleasing, their purpose is to capture the storm water runoff during rain…
The city of Elgin, Ill., utilized “smart growth” initiatives to develop its Comprehensive Plan and Design Guidelines that would ensure growth that harmonizes with the environment and ensures a high quality of life for future generations. Located within…
During the early planning stages of a project, developers often question how much of their parcel needs to be designated for storm water management. This concern is understandable given the complexity of local, state and federal storm water management…
The process of galvanizing to prevent rust and increase the lifetime of steel was developed in France in 1837. Galvanized roofs are widely used on industrial facilities because of their strength, durability and cost. The zinc coating preferentially…
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