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Exploring drainage solutions for flood control
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Jun 21 2018

French drains can require a lot of effort with only marginal effectiveness for many reasons. Most descriptions of a french drain involve a slotted...

Flood control for farms that face agricultural runoff
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Jun 21 2018

The Midwest floods this spring and summer damaged crops, reducing farmer returns with record-high input costs and substantially higher crop prices...

Permeable pavement as a best management practice for storm water management
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Jun 21 2018

Today, landowners and developers increasingly are incorporating alternate best management practices (BMPs) for storm water management into their...

Evaporation as a solution to contaminated wastewater and improved water quality
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Jun 21 2018

Evaporation is being considered as an alternative process in an increasing number of wastewater treatment applications. It can be effective for...

Understanding the MEP compliance standard in MS4 permitting
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May 25 2018

Over the past decade, municipalities that own or operate a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) have faced a trend of expanding MS4 permits...

LID design as an erosion control solutions
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May 25 2018

Today’s engineers are not just taught construction theory, shear strength and soil type. Environmental influences have become a focus of education...

Soil health & biotic soil technologies repair an abandoned mine site
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May 25 2018

For 13 years, an abandoned mine in the Southeast U.S. sat partially barren. A large mining company had worked to revegetate and obtain reclamation...

Erosion control managed a storm water drainage problem
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May 25 2018

Texas A&M University is experiencing a growth spurt. The university, founded in 1871 in what is now the city of College Station, Texas, has...

Considering best management practices for storm water management
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May 25 2018

When it comes to storm water best management practices (BMPs), crafting and implementing sound policies to ensure they are properly evaluated,...

Discussion on storm water and WOTUS
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May 25 2018

Confusion and uncertainty over what water bodies were subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has existed for more than a...

Cape Town turns to water reuse as Day Zero creeps closer
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May 25 2018

“We should have preempted this better.”

Will van der Merwe, managing director for Water Eco Technologies & Treatment (WETT), expressed...

SWS Managing Editor writes on women in engineering
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May 25 2018

I have been on construction sites all my life. I wore my first pair of Timberland work boots and overalls at age four, and have regularly donned...

SWS Managing Editor presents the 2018-2019 storm water source book
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May 24 2018

A new year brings a new Source Book. Welcome to the Storm Water Solutions 2018 - 2019 Source Book, your complete source for the storm water and...

Managing Editor Lauren Baltas welcomes you to the SWS Virtual Expo show guide
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Apr 10 2018

Welcome to the digital world! I am excited to join the SWS Virtual...

Talking points column on the importance of monitoring in storm water projects
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Mar 26 2018

The International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database project website includes more than 600 BMP performance studies. This is a...

Rainwater harvesting saves money in the driest province in Canada
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Mar 26 2018
Storm water funding makes waves in Lexington, Ky.
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Mar 26 2018

Expecting a consent decree, the city of Lexington, Ky., implemented a water quality management fee in 2010. With it, the Stormwater Quality...

Program management system helps CSO project move smoothly
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Mar 26 2018

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is implementing a solution known as the Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy (LMCPR),...

Engineered earth armoring improves spillway & weir in Alabama
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Mar 26 2018

Last year, the water works board of the city of Auburn, Ala., funded a project to build a new spillway and weir at Lake Ogletree, the city’s...