November/December 2017

The end of the year often is a good time for reflection and resolutions. It’s an opportune time to look at the past year and take inventory of what actions or mindsets can be adjusted for the new year ahead. Record weather events dominated the headlines...
Many of us enter the storm water field by chance. In 2010, I found myself in Southern California at the cusp of its overdue and expansive construction general permit (CGP) renewal. At that time, I obtained my CESSWI certification to qualify for the...
Perhaps my most valuable lesson in communication came during my college senior design project. Everyone was looking forward to doing some real engineering through our capstone project of “designing” a few high-profile projects happening around the city—...
Harris County, Texas, is no stranger to floods. In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dropped 40 in. of rain in the county in five days. The Memorial Day flood of 2015 caused nearly $460 million in damages after 12 in. of rain fell in 10 hours, according to...
A golf course built more than 50 years ago has become the solution for flooding and drainage issues for the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) in Houston. Developed in the 1960s, the 178-acre golf course was a popular community amenity. The property...
Road and highway departments battle water runoff, which causes traffic issues and dangerous road conditions. Water can cause erosion of the surrounding roadbeds and eventually can destabilize the road’s substructure, causing potholes and sinkholes....
Storm Water Solutions (SWS) is thrilled to recognize noteworthy industry projects in its annual installment of its Top Storm Water & Erosion Control Projects awards. SWS encouraged project leaders to submit entries showcasing projects in the design...
The storm water and erosion control industry is not static. Storm Water Solutions (SWS) editors work to keep our readers informed on the latest industry issues and trends. This year, the ninth annual State of the Industry report offers updated data on...

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