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Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

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This one hit home for me because of the location, but it’s a scenario that unfortunately plays out all too often during the summer. Just days ago in Arizona, the local sheriff’s department plucked two stranded hikers from a flooded canyon by helicopter. I grew up in that area and  … Read More

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Stormwater magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Stormwater content.  … Read More

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

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“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”  … Read More

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

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What does it take to get people to care about what’s going on in their watershed? Or maybe there’s a question we need to ask even before that one—how many people really understand the dynamics of the water cycle, or for that matter what a watershed is? (Previous studies have  … Read More

The Sooner You Know, The Sooner You Can Leave

The Sooner You Know, The Sooner You Can Leave

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There are few things as frustrating as following the instructions, doing what you’re supposed to do, and then learning that your efforts were seemingly for nothing. At some point you might have received that dreaded evacuation notice because of a storm—and, ideally, you got out of the way if you  … Read More

Predicting the Weather: Not As Easy As It Looks

Predicting the Weather: Not As Easy As It Looks

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A few weeks ago, I noted that insurers in the US reported more losses from severe storm events in the first quarter of 2017 than at any other time in the last 20 years. If there’s a flip side to this news, perhaps it’s that at least one source is predicting fewer  … Read More

We Want a Shrubbery

We Want a Shrubbery

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We know trees are good for the urban environment, despite the occasional complaint that they shed too many leaves or eventually break up sidewalks. Now researchers in Europe are promoting what they say is an even better idea: hedges.

Prashant Kumar of Surrey University and others have just published research showing  … Read More

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

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Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)  … Read More

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

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The amount of plastic debris in the oceans now amounts to hundreds of millions of tons, much of it concentrated in gyres or patches each the size of a largish US state. Although it doesn’t really go away, plastic does break down into smaller pieces—microplastics—that are easily ingested by birds  … Read More

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

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Two people were swept downstream and died during a catastrophic flash flood that struck Ellicott City, MD, on the evening of July 30, 2016. The infrastructure designed to carry stream flow and storm runoff along Tiber Run, which runs through the historic district, was unable to meet the demands of  … Read More

Reagan and Thatcher in a Burlap Bag

Reagan and Thatcher in a Burlap Bag

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It’s amazing the things you realize, relatively late in the game, that you don’t really know, or that you sort of know but can’t readily explain to someone else in a comprehensible way. The lucky thing is, there’s usually a source that can help you.

Some years ago I came across  … Read More

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



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