Jan 30, 2013

January/February 2013

The higher court systems of the U.S. seem to have made a New Year’s resolution to knock out cases involving clean water issues, as the early days of 2013 brought a barrage of decisions on some important lawsuits. The first significant ruling came Jan. 3…
It is unlikely that anyone knows precisely how many storm water best management practices (BMPs) have been implemented in the U.S. over the past several decades. Given that a recent article reports that there are 32,000 installed in Maryland alone,…
Virtually everyone in the erosion control industry has been involved in a project using agricultural straw or hydromulch. While both products are reputable and widely used, they generally are considered a short-term solution for erosion control. With the…
Greening The Nation The outlook for growth in the storm water management industry—and green storm water infrastructure—is very good. But that growth largely relies on our leaders having the political will to make the investments necessary to solve our…
In 2012, Civil Site Constructors Inc. was tasked with cleaning up the storm water canals lining the runways at Tampa International Airport. These canals had filled with vegetation and debris and were no longer properly cleaning the storm water runoff…
Hilton Head Island is a resort town off the coast of South Carolina. At 55.5 sq miles, it is a big island—second only to Long Island, N.Y., as the largest island on the East Coast. It also is big economically. Tourism brings in about $1.5 billion…
The Washoe County (Nev.) Health Department’s Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program had a problem. Mosquitoes were colonizing in the standing water of storm drain catch basins, giving rise to the potential of a West Nile virus threat. The obvious…
A 7-mile road construction project located in Mount Pleasant, S.C., near Charleston, involved lane additions to U.S. Highway 17 as well as a large soil stabilization and vegetation establishment effort. More than 40 acres of roadside soil would need to…
Erosion associated with construction projects can damage water sources and necessitate the costly rebuilding of degraded slopes. Erosion also can change an area’s topography, threaten wildlife, and risk violation of local and federal regulations. When…
The Illinois River, located in northeast Oklahoma, is one of the state’s six scenic rivers. It provides tourists with floating, fishing and swimming experiences, and brings millions of tourism dollars to the local economy. In the last 30 to 40 years,…
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