May 29, 2013

May/June 2013

Many parts of the U.S. have experienced flooding this spring, a sharp contrast to last summer and fall, when most of the country was in various stages of drought—which itself cannot yet be ruled out of the realm of possibility for the coming months.…
There are a number of ways to economically manage public facilities. One successful approach is the design, build, operate and maintain method, which has demonstrated the ability to reduce overall costs. Taking this process a step further, municipalities…
Erosion control, sediment control and storm water BMPs come in all shapes and sizes. Some tools are flat, some are round, and some take the form of mysterious powders. Perhaps the most important thing to remember about every tool in the BMP toolbox is…
In 2008, the city of Los Angeles’ multiple-award-winning L.A. Stormwater program was faced with a dilemma: The program had to reach 4 million residents in Los Angeles, but could no longer afford to staff dozens of community outreach events. So the…
The rapid growth and industrialization of Yonkers, N.Y., in the second half of the 19th century took its toll on the Saw Mill River, which served sawmills, gristmills and carpet mills as both a power source and a receptacle for waste materials. By the…
The state of Texas lacks a large supply of natural water resources; it is thus forced to stockpile water in reservoirs throughout the state, which often are long distances from water treatment plants. The city of Dallas has a 72-in. water transmission…
Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Ill., with a population of just over 30,000 people. It borders the city of Waukegan to the east and is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Gurnee is known for a few things. It is the Midwest location of…
The town of Highlands, N.C., applied for and won a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund that helped fund a major drainage improvement project on a portion of Mill Creek adjacent to the downtown area. There were two main goals for the project…
The city of Clermont, Fla., and the Lake County (Fla.) Water Authority wanted to improve the water quality of Lake Minnehaha, one of the largest of the Clermont chain of lakes. The key to protecting the lake’s water quality was to design a drainage…
What if a sewer project could be more than just another infrastructure project? What if this capital investment could be compounded to strategically create multiple benefits for a sewer district and the communities it serves? What if it could be a…
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