Nov 26, 2013

November/December 2013

Clean water is a resource that is scarcer than many people in the developed world realize. After accounting for saltwater and water trapped in glaciers, just 1% of the Earth’s water is fresh—including the water in underground aquifers and the soil.  And…
Preserving large trees as runoff interceptors is an integral part of low impact development, as is incorporating trees and vegetation in filtration beds, rain gardens and bioretention systems. These systems are beneficial and provide essential functions…
Anyone driving through Iowa last spring was likely to see plenty of water across the landscape. As drivers and residents alike make use of Iowa roadways, it is important to keep in mind the function of the right-of-way system, especially during severe…
As more is learned about storm water runoff and how different climates should handle and treat it, state regulatory agencies across the country are starting to accept that there is no one-size-fits-all municipal storm water permit. What is good for one…
City officials in New Albany, Ohio, were in a quandary. Located near the village center, Third Street’s asphalt surface was both unsightly and in disrepair. At the downhill end, the Rose Run stream flooded frequently, which seriously hindered property…
In the state of California, the Construction General Permit requirements are similar to the Federal Construction General Permit with a few exceptions. All projects 1 acre or greater are required to have a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP);…
Simon Property Group, a global retail real estate company, and Calloway REIT, one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts, began planning the development of the new Toronto Premium Outlets in early 2012. Located on a 45-acre site and accessible…
How does a designer reduce flooding and provide water quality improvement in a wooded, 4,600-acre development with no storm water infrastructure except ditches?  Deforestation and installation of basins no longer are accepted BMPs. Now, green storm water…
Critical U.S. watersheds, including the Gulf of Mexico/Mississippi River, Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, are in need of restoration. SWS Associate Editor Williette Nyanue spoke with Patrick Bohlen, director of landscape and natural resources and…
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