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May 20 2019
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic coast—causing significant damage to coastal communities in many mid-Atlantic states. During the…
Mar 28 2019
Last July, after a sweltering stretch of triple-digit heat, I set out to explore a favorite tributary of the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Like…
Mar 28 2019
The Ohio Stormwater Conference has grown from 399 attendees to more than 970 in the past 11 years. The 2019 Ohio Stormwater Conference is an annual…
A 300-ft pipeline was installed below the South Haven Regional Airport’s main runway without impacting flight operations.
A 300-ft pipeline was installed below the South Haven Regional Airport’s main runway without impacting flight operations.
Mar 28 2019
When it was discovered that the 60-in.-diameter storm water drainage pipe under the South Haven Area Regional Airport’s (LWA) main runway and taxiway…
 A six-month regimen of mechanical disking and mowing, coupled with the application of non-selective herbicide and manual removal of invasive vegetation, helped restore native plants.
A six-month regimen of mechanical disking and mowing, coupled with the application of non-selective herbicide and manual removal of invasive vegetation, helped restore native plants.
Mar 28 2019
Like much of the central and southern coast of the U.S., Austin, Texas, is regularly exposed to powerful storms moving inland from the Gulf or…
Mar 28 2019
Once a sprawling 636-acre farm, the Spring Ridge Corporate Center now is a beacon of growth in the rural landscape of Berks County, Pa. It spurred…
The McCook Reservoir Stage I can hold 3.5 billion gal.
The McCook Reservoir Stage I can hold 3.5 billion gal.
Mar 28 2019
Improving water quality in area waterways and protecting homes and businesses from flooding are the two missions of the Metropolitan Water…
The material’s design can absorb up to 4,000 cu in. of water per hour.
The material’s design can absorb up to 4,000 cu in. of water per hour.
Mar 28 2019
Visitors from across the world come to watch as up to 8,400 gal of boiling water shoot an average of 140 ft into the sky roughly every 60 to 110…
Mar 28 2019
C+ The SWS City Report is a year-long project, where SWS and a small committee of industry professionals collaborate to assign grades to the storm…
Heather Schmidt
Heather Schmidt
Mar 28 2019
“Get the water off the streets!”  That was the rallying cry for storm water management through most of the 20th century and certainly the reason for…
Mar 28 2019
Since joining the SWS team as managing editor, one of my most valuable experiences has been connecting with women in the storm water and erosion…
Jan 28 2019
The state of Illinois’ floodplain regulations needed to be simpler to read, easier to understand and less bureaucratic to encourage sound floodplain…
Potential improvements in St. Albans, Queens, include storm water bump-outs and subsurface storage.
Potential improvements in St. Albans, Queens, include storm water bump-outs and subsurface storage.
Jan 28 2019
Climate change challenges a fundamental principle of storm water management: the assumption of stationarity. Of course Earth’s climate has never been…
StormSensor CEO Erin Rothman installs the system in Jersey City.
StormSensor CEO Erin Rothman installs the system in Jersey City.
Jan 28 2019
Accurately quantifying the problem is one of the biggest challenges to successfully controlling combined sewage overflows (CSOs). The most recent…
The facility reduced concentrations of copper, zinc and total suspended solids in its storm water.
The facility reduced concentrations of copper, zinc and total suspended solids in its storm water.
Jan 28 2019
With growing water quality concerns over the past two decades, industrial storm water permit requirements have become ever more stringent. For more…
The project involved installing a sediment forebay near the inlet and stabilizing the outfall channel.
The project involved installing a sediment forebay near the inlet and stabilizing the outfall channel.
Jan 28 2019
A storm water facility that outfalls at the top of a hill inevitably will cause erosion. However, there often are several competing priorities during…
Native bushes, trees and seeds were planted after system installation.
Native bushes, trees and seeds were planted after system installation.
Jan 28 2019
Mountain Creek flows through the community of Red Bank, Tenn., to the Tennessee River. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC…
Jan 28 2019
C+ The SWS City Report is a year-long project, where SWS and a small committee of industry professionals collaborate to assign grades to the storm…
Jan 28 2019
A draft of the Trump Administration’s long-awaited rule replacing the definitions used to determine what waterbodies are subject to federal…
Jan 28 2019
It has been a big month for water legislation. New revisions have been proposed for the “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition. The proposal would…
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