Nov 29, 2012

November/December 2012

In late October, Superstorm Sandy hammered the East Coast with flooding and high winds, causing billions of dollars in damages—and the human impact of such a storm is horrifying. Millions of residents were left without power and heat for weeks; there…
In the storm water solutions market, technology companies compete to deliver products that meet performance objectives at the lowest possible cost. In that environment, defendable performance claims are the key to success, and to back up those claims,…
Anyone who has seen a sediment pond during a rainfall event knows just how Mother Nature really works. She does not follow all of the books, papers, discussions and opinions that explain how to make sediment ponds function properly. Only after careful…
The 2012 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities (Construction General Permit or CGP) was issued on Feb. 16, 2012, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).…
Fort McCoy, an active U.S. Army installation, is located on 60,000 acres between Sparta and Tomah, Wis., in Monroe County. Since its creation in 1909, it has been used primarily as a military training center. Brooks Lundeen, the Land Rehabilitation and…
The multitude of roles and responsibilities required by the 2009 California Construction General Permit for Stormwater (CGP) has created an environment of potential conflicts of interest among involved parties when a typical contract setup is used. The…
The U.S. is in dire need of additional investment to improve infrastructure, and the rhetoric almost always centers on roads and bridges. Buried under these infrastructure discussions is a topic unknown to most of the general public—inflow and…
Small particles are threatening Lake Tahoe, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the western U.S. Lake Tahoe—the world’s 26th largest lake by volume and the second-deepest lake in the U.S.—is 99.994% pure and has a surface elevation of 6,223 ft,…
From water supply shortages to declines in crop yield, the recent drought in the U.S. has affected almost every region of it. SWS Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue recently spoke with Jenny Hoffner, director of water supply for American Rivers, to…
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