Aug 27, 2015

2015-2016 Case Book

The idea of the future can be scary. We live in a world of great paradigm shifts, where weather patterns are becoming progressively unpredictable, market outlooks swing daily and political arguments continue to divide our nation. In light of the more…
Homeowners in Indiana researched types of material to use for their driveway. They had homeowner association and regulatory considerations for the porosity of the paving material, and for the amount of credit received in storm water permitting, the…
Deicing operations at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids, Mich., contributed to a nuisance biofilm condition in a tributary of the Thornapple River that received storm water runoff.  Among the project requirements were…
At Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, a tidal ditch embankment needed restoration and effective erosion control. The tidal ditch, a conduit for storm water, runs roughly parallel to one of the airport’s active runways. The embankment’s…
The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, which serves 18 million customers, suspected trouble spots in a World War II-era coal tar-lined water line. This 40,000-ft primary feeder line to four densely populated areas could only be…
Miami Beach, Fla., is a beautiful resort community on the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the infrastructure that transports storm water to the sea was built just a few inches above sea level. Over the years, these structures have settled and sea levels have…
During typical rain events, a creek drain in Ann Arbor, Mich., would rise significantly and backflow into a connecting storm sewer, causing flooding on adjacent heavily traveled streets and properties. The city installed a duckbill check valve to help…
Louie the King said, “Yes, I think it can be easily done./Just take everything down to Highway 61,” in Bob Dylan’s song, “Highway 61 Revisited.” Dylan, who grew up along the north section of Highway 61, explained in his memoir, “Chronicles,” that it was…
In May 2015, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) Bureau of Drainage Engineering & Operations was faced with an urgent situation. A state-owned 18-in. corrugated metal storm drainage pipe crossing under a main intersection in the city…
Water is a valuable resource in the arid regions of the United Irrigation District (UID) in southern Alberta, Canada. Agriculture uses 60% to 65% of the freshwater consumed. Water use is closely regulated and monitored.  Fred Rice, manager of the UID,…
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