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“Giant Toilets You’re Unable to Flush”

“Giant Toilets You’re Unable to Flush”

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After the devastating floods from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we’re hearing a lot about the houses and other structures that have been destroyed. But what if your house was flooded and is salvageable? It’s not only water you’re dealing with—which would be bad enough—but also the many toxins and pathogens  … 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

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

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A few weeks ago in this space, I mentioned the algae blooms plaguing Florida this year, largely the result of nutrient-rich water being released from Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately, it’s not just Florida that’s experiencing the problem—there’s plenty to go around.

A recently published study in Science shows that excess nutrients  … Read More

We Don’t Have Much Time

We Don’t Have Much Time

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We knew it was coming, and now it’s here. The public comment period is open to determine the fate of the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the US Rule. But the window for getting your comments in is a narrow one—more details on that below.

Those of  … Read More

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

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Pierce County’s Surface Water Management (SWM) division is charged with maintaining both the natural surface water systems and the stormwater collection and conveyance infrastructure within its unincorporated 1,800-square-mile service area (population 380,000). These areas include an impressive variability in landscapes: from glacial streams of Mt. Rainier to fertile farmlands of  … Read More

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

Green Infrastructure Stormwater BMPs

Green Infrastructure Stormwater BMPs

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The primary objective of these green infrastructure projects were to design and construct two green infrastructure stormwater BMPs to treat nitrogen, and to monitor both BMPs for a period of years to evaluate stormwater flows and water-quality parameters.  … 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

Nobody Wants to Swim in This

Nobody Wants to Swim in This

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Just over a year ago, I wrote about the algae blooms that were driving residents away from some sections of Florida’s Atlantic coast. They’re back. And what was once considered an unusual situation could become a permanent summer ritual. “Could the situation that occurred last summer be the new normal?  … Read More

Sea Slugs From Outer Space

Sea Slugs From Outer Space

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You might never look at gummy bears in the same way again. This summer, fishing crews all along the West Coast of the US and Canada are finding an abundance of pyrosomes—colonies of jelly-like sea creatures, or zooids—that have been compared, in texture and appearance, to the dense, transparent candy. Typically  … Read More

Integrating Land-Use Changes for Future Stormwater Projects

Integrating Land-Use Changes for Future Stormwater Projects

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In early July 2013, 2 inches of rain fell within a 45-minute period at the city-owned Lebanon Municipal Airport in Lebanon, NH. This storm created devastation for the city and the airport, with multiple slope failures and roadway washouts. In all, 3.47 inches of rain fell during the 10-year storm  … Read More



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