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Innovative LID BMP Design for Impermeable Soils

Innovative LID BMP Design for Impermeable Soils

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This article discusses a novel approach of using a sand lens to convey the stored volume of runoff gradually into the deeper layers of the soil, or to the water table, to overcome some of the design challenges resulting from clayey soils.  … Read More

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

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There’s no doubt that technology is changing the way we work, the way we live, and, very possibly, the way we’re going to move between the two—how we literally get from place to place. Our future modes of transportation might look a bit different from what most of us expected.  … Read More

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Reduction in Urban Runoff

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Reduction in Urban Runoff

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By Jane Clary, Brandon Steets, Jonathan Jones, Eric Strecker, and Marc Leisenring   Pathogens are the top cause of stream impairments nationally, with over 10,500 stream segments identified as impaired as of 2012—typically due to elevated concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) in waterbodies. Although strict numeric effluent limits for  … Read More

Stopping a Sinkhole: A Case Study (Part 1)

Stopping a Sinkhole: A Case Study (Part 1)

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This article first appeared in the May 2016 issue of Water Efficiency. Read part 2 here. 

Flooding, sinkholes, danger, suspense, a race against time, and Mother Nature—this story is not the latest adventure film served up by ­Hollywood, but it could be! In 2013, the real-life saga of the stormwater pipe collapse  … Read More

Sand Filter Systems with Detention: A Perfect Solution

Sand Filter Systems with Detention: A Perfect Solution

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For stormwater detention and filtration in small, highly impervious drainage areas, sand filter systems with detention may be the perfect solution. In urban areas, they may sometimes be the only solution. They’re appropriate for commercial, municipal, and industrial operations.  … Read More

An Acre of Algae

An Acre of Algae

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It’s not quite as serious as the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that cut off Toledo’s water supply a few years back, but it’s pretty dramatic nonetheless: A pond in Maine has an acre-sized blob of algae beneath its surface, and some local officials are calling the situation an  … Read More



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