Sep 16, 2014

October 2014

"Climate change” is one of the most politically fraught terms in the country right now.  It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have an opinion on it, and any kind of political discussion involving climate change is likely to end in a stalemate, as each…
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has a number of opportunities that allow storm water professionals to learn, socialize and engage.  ASCE is divided into eight institutes, including the Structural Engineering Institute, the Geo Institute,…
Some municipalities have begun to look at storm water management requirements that mandate no increase in runoff volume for all storm events up to and including the 100-year event as a way to minimize flood issues, particularly by using low impact…
After more than a decade of detonating 400-million-year-old dolomite limestone, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) held a “Last Blast” celebration in September 2013 to commemorate the final blasting on the Thornton…
Overflows are messy, costly, annoying, disruptive and dirty—but whichever adjective is used to describe them, the usual follow-up questions are “What caused this?” and “How is it going to be fixed?”   Overflows happen both in combined sewers as well as…
Florida has been directly struck by 110 hurricanes since 1851, making it the No. 1 state for hurricane hits. Some of the most damaging hurricanes in U.S. history have developed in the Gulf of Mexico because its warm ocean water makes it a prime area for…
Every year, rain or shine, for just eight days, 200 acres in Wilson County are transformed into Tennessee’s most acclaimed county fair. Last year, 589,229 people enjoyed rides along the midway; entered contests for livestock, cooking and their garden’s…
Using low impact development (LID) concepts in combination with proprietary systems in its plan to control storm water runoff in Sarasota, Fla., design engineering firm DMK Associates Inc. (Venice, Fla.) was able to create a system that would protect a…
Urban development and changing weather patterns can alter the hydrologic characteristics of a watershed by increasing the rate and volume of storm water runoff. The use of storm water best management practices (BMPs) can mitigate these impacts if…
The village of Swan Quarter, N.C., is located on Swanquarter Bay, an inlet of Pamlico Sound, 75 miles east of Greenville. The village was established in 1812, sits just a few feet above sea level, and was named after the number of swans that once…
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