Mar 28, 2019

March/April 2019

Since joining the SWS team as managing editor, one of my most valuable experiences has been connecting with women in the storm water and erosion control industry. As a young woman professional, I am in the unique position to not only learn from and…
“Get the water off the streets!”  That was the rallying cry for storm water management through most of the 20th century and certainly the reason for the creation of the Storm Water Management Program (SMP) in Johnson County, Kan., in 1998. Flooding…
C+ The SWS City Report is a year-long project, where SWS and a small committee of industry professionals collaborate to assign grades to the storm water infrastructure in some of the nation’s largest cities. Modeled after the American Society of Civil…
Visitors from across the world come to watch as up to 8,400 gal of boiling water shoot an average of 140 ft into the sky roughly every 60 to 110 minutes from one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks: Old Faithful. With more geysers than anywhere else on…
Improving water quality in area waterways and protecting homes and businesses from flooding are the two missions of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), and the organization’s latest 3.5-billion-gal engineering…
Once a sprawling 636-acre farm, the Spring Ridge Corporate Center now is a beacon of growth in the rural landscape of Berks County, Pa. It spurred rapid development of commercial and residential properties in the area. Kohl’s department store constructed…
Like much of the central and southern coast of the U.S., Austin, Texas, is regularly exposed to powerful storms moving inland from the Gulf or overland from the Pacific. Combined with the flat geography and underlying strata of silt and limestone, these…
When it was discovered that the 60-in.-diameter storm water drainage pipe under the South Haven Area Regional Airport’s (LWA) main runway and taxiway was caving in, a new 300-ft pipeline had to be installed to save the paved area without impacting flight…
The Ohio Stormwater Conference has grown from 399 attendees to more than 970 in the past 11 years. The 2019 Ohio Stormwater Conference is an annual conference dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of comprehensive storm water management…
Last July, after a sweltering stretch of triple-digit heat, I set out to explore a favorite tributary of the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Like most of Oregon, this area was officially in a severe drought condition and the heat wave seemed to be baking…
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