Oct 25, 2012

September/October 2012

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift that extends from the average citizen to government institutions. More and more, Americans are focusing on the dichotomy between the need for clean water and functioning sewer systems, and the costs and issues…
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since various storm water treatment verification programs—such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Technology Verification and Washington TAPE and TARP protocols—were started.…
The storm water market is an approximately $10 billion, highly fragmented industry that is composed primarily of smaller players who must compete with a cadre of larger firms. Some of these larger firms include civil engineering, landscape architecture,…
The green, murky water in the lakes fed by the Apopka-Beauclair Canal in central Florida is caused by an overabundance of algae-feeding compounds—mainly phosphorus—resulting in chronic algal bloom. Ongoing efforts to bind phosphorus from surrounding…
The main goal of storm water management is to limit nutrient loading in storm water ponds to reduce the adverse effects on downstream aquatic environments via eutrophication. Eutrophication occurs in ecosystems where there is little or no dissolved…
One thing is for certain: British Columbia’s Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) Improvement Project is a big deal. Launched in 2008, the five-year, $2.4 billion undertaking is a key initiative of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Gateway…
Engineers from Terrafix Geosynthetics needed a high-strength, high-volume underground storm water management system to support construction of a 600,000-sq-ft retail center in Toronto. The Stockyards development will be home to a host of premier…
Streets in Spokane, Wash., became rivers during an early summer storm in 2011. In one neighborhood, the rainfall was so great that it filled a swale, jumped the weir and forcefully eroded the hillside below.  Residents watched parts of their backyards…
At a certain point in a sewer system’s life, it becomes necessary to either scrap it and build a new one, or replace parts of it, to ensure that it gives optimal performance.The city of Moberly, Mo., made a few notable updates and replacements to its…
In a time of tight regulations and even tighter budgets, utilities and engineers need to look to innovative ways to fix our aging infrastructure. Here, SWS Managing Editor Mary Beth Nevulis speaks with John Wilson, owner of J.W. & Associates USA, an…
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