Jul 01, 2011

July/August 2011

“Are we to decide the importance of issues by asking how fashionable or glamorous they are? Or by asking how seriously they affect how many?” — Nelson Mandela While it has been unpleasant to process the news reports, images and video footage illustrating…
Early in my career I took a short course to get a Construction Documents Technician certification that, among other things, taught me how to organize and write an effective (enforceable) specification. One of the basic rules I took away was that when…
How to prevent or stop erosion and sedimentation is of major concern to the erosion and sediment control industry, as it contributes significantly to turbidity in water. Traditional best management practices (BMPs) to reduce erosion and sedimentation…
The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Fla., is a flagship for the school’s commitment to sustainability. Completed in September 2010, it not only serves USF’s School of Global Sustainability…
Porous pavement—an open-graded asphalt surface over a stone reservoir—has gotten a lot of attention over the past 10 years, primarily for parking lots. In addition, a number of projects now are moving from the parking lot onto the road. This article will…
Frank DeCelles is the longtime director of public works for the city of Plantation, Fla. Keeping the streets of Plantation clear of water is a particularly difficult challenge in the swampy regions of Florida. According to DeCelles, having the right task…
In the coal-rich areas of the southeast corner of Ohio at the West Virginia border, acid mine storm water presents one of the most severe challenges for drainage pipe. A 40-ft run of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, however, continues to…
Uses and applications for geotextile fabric and geogrids—commonly used in soil separation, stabilization and load support projects—have evolved rapidly over some 50 years of existence. Their evolution was first tracked in a July/August 2009 Storm Water…
Many rivers in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains remain above flood stage, and the threat of more flooding will continue through the summer, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service forecasters. With…
As storm water engineer for the city of Puyallup, Wash., Mark Palmer is responsible for implementation of the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Here he shares…
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