Case Study: Putting Green Infrastructure to Work

The blank slate of a new project can offer invaluable opportunities for innovative design and construction methods. The design and construction of the Water...

Western Sydney Airport Highlights Importance of Technology in Earthworks

The Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSA) project is a rare greenfield opportunity for a new airport rather than a reconstruction or renovation...

From Stuck in a Hole to “Dr. Dirt”

Jim Spotts Devotes Career to Learning and Teaching All Things Soil As a young boy with a lot of time on his hands, Jim Spotts...

Perspective: The Equatorial Rainforest’s Role in Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

There is no doubt that the global sea level is rising. The global mean sea level has risen 8 to 9 inches (21 to...

Assessment of Potential Impacts of Highway Construction on Streams

Road construction is a substantial disturbance of the terrestrial environment that may also impact stream water quality. Logging and clearing the right of way,...

Topsoil Preservation and Restoration on Construction Sites

Topsoil, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “surface soil usually including the organic layer in which plants have most of their roots and which...

Drones Enhance BMP Planning and Compliance Monitoring

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) — also known as drones — are quickly becoming one of the top 21st century...

Wetland Response to Climate Change

Climate change is expected to have numerous effects, including more intense storms, periods of drought and rising sea levels. These effects are likely to...

Modeling Hydraulic Performance of a Bioretention Basin Using Tracer Dyes

By Gleicy Cavalcante, M.S., EIT; Gary L. Hawkins, Ph.D.; Ernest “Bill” Tollner, Ph.D., PE; Jon Calabria, Ph.D. The increase of urban areas and climate change...

Improving the Effectiveness of Saturated Riparian Buffers

By Andrea McEachran, M.S. Nitrate exported from agricultural lands contributes to surface water quality impairment. Subsurface drainage, often referred to as tile drainage, is commonly...

Modeling Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Erosion for Hazard Assessment

By Thad Wasklewicz, Ph.D; Richard Guthrie, Ph.D; Paul Eickenberg, PE; Benjamin Kramka, PE Post-wildfire secondary hazards (debris floods and flows) play a prominent role in...

Inlet Protection Effectiveness – Fact or Fiction?

By Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC Years of conducting inspections have shown me that inlet protection methods are ineffective in capturing suspended particles in runoff...

Use MS4 Certification Requirements to Drive Education

By Thomas Schneider, CPESC In this series, we have discussed the three groups that a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) needs to educate to...

Dale Hodges Park

Improving Stormwater Treatment and Restoring Environment By Matt Williams, AALA, OALA, CSLA Dale Hodges Park is a transformative landscape along the Bow River in the City...

Take A Good Hard Look at Yourself

By Judith M. Guido Most of us have heard the expression: sit back and take a good, hard look at yourself. Doing so can be...

Controlling Construction Site Dust

By Rich McLaughlin, Ph.D. Controlling “fugitive” dust on construction sites is often required as it is a major source of air pollution and a health...

Tailor MS4 Education to Audience

By Thomas Schneider, CPESC In the first article of this series, the importance of sampling to evaluate the progress of the MS4 program and to...

Project Preview: Trout Unlimited to Address Drought Resiliency

By Jesse Kruthaupt; Cary Denison; Lydia Bleifuss Extreme drought in Colorado’s Gunnison River region has negatively impacted agricultural operations, wildlife populations and watershed health. In...

Road Salts Remobilize Heavy Metals; Increase Environmental Harm

By Ann Ryan; Carsten Dierkes, Dr.-Ing Designers and manufacturers who are developing the next stage of advanced stormwater treatment are considering the impact deicing salts...

Creating a Solid Foundation for Solar Project Success

By Aaron Mlynek, CPESC, CESSWI, CISEC, QSD/P; Joseph Ridley, CCIS, QSWPPP, CESCL “Without a solid foundation, you will have trouble creating anything of value.” –Erika...