May 25, 2018

June 2018

I have been on construction sites all my life. I wore my first pair of Timberland work boots and overalls at age four, and have regularly donned hard hats. I grew up surrounded by the trades; the men in my family have always worked in them, including my…
“We should have preempted this better.” Will van der Merwe, managing director for Water Eco Technologies & Treatment (WETT), expressed the chagrin shared by many water professionals in Cape Town, South Africa, as they face an impending Day Zero. If…
Confusion and uncertainty over what water bodies were subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has existed for more than a decade. Waterbodies subject to federal jurisdiction under the CWA are termed “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS…
When it comes to storm water best management practices (BMPs), crafting and implementing sound policies to ensure they are properly evaluated, deployed and maintained remains an obstacle for many storm water programs. Storm water programs often lack the…
Texas A&M University is experiencing a growth spurt. The university, founded in 1871 in what is now the city of College Station, Texas, has witnessed a 30% increase in gross square footage of development during the past 15 years alone. This…
For 13 years, an abandoned mine in the Southeast U.S. sat partially barren. A large mining company had worked to revegetate and obtain reclamation release of a 5-acre portion of the site near a water body several times over the years with traditional…
Today’s engineers are not just taught construction theory, shear strength and soil type. Environmental influences have become a focus of education and best management practices.Better understanding downstream impacts has introduced us to new requirements…
Over the past decade, municipalities that own or operate a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) have faced a trend of expanding MS4 permits that include not only more robust programmatic requirements, but also costly best management practices (…
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