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Nut Island Effect: Lessons in Treatment Plant Management

Nut Island Effect: Lessons in Treatment Plant Management

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The Nut Island Effect is a management dynamic first outlined by Paul Levy, former executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in a Harvard Business Review article titled, “When Good Teams Go Wrong.” In the article, Levy relates the systematic breakdown in communication within a wastewater treatment plant team—an  … Read More

Getting Ready for the Next Full Moon

Getting Ready for the Next Full Moon

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To be honest I haven’t the faintest idea whether more bad things take place when Luna is at her most radiant than when she’s gone into hiding, but whatever the truth, tying her phase to disasters makes for a useful metaphor in reminding us that stuff happens, and furthermore that  … Read More

The Day of Infamy, Operation K, and Elvis

The Day of Infamy, Operation K, and Elvis

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With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, there has been, and continues to be, widespread speculation as to what the future holds for various industries. Of course, one of the more sizeable elephants in the room is infrastructure. There has been no argument from either  … Read More

A Long and Expensive To-Do List

A Long and Expensive To-Do List

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Many other states are probably in the same boat, so to speak, but Michigan right now is in the spotlight. A commission appointed by Governor Rick Snyder has recommended more than 100 fixes—costing about $4 billion a year—to address infrastructure shortfalls, including many water-related ones.

Michigan, of course, is home  … Read More

The Low-Down on Dirt

The Low-Down on Dirt

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Monday, December 5, was World Soil Day. Proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences back in 2002 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, World Soil Day has been used to raise awareness of soil—something the great majority of people take for granted—as a vital resource.  … Read More

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

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Historically, the high up-front cost of solar equipment—from $10,000 to upwards of $20,000—has made solar systems a challenge for lower-income homeowners to afford. Furthermore, leasing programs and financing options like PACE require good credit scores, often making them inaccessible. This issue has not only created “solar deserts” in disadvantaged areas,  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Deep Hydrology: Discovering H2O in the Earth’s Mantle

Deep Hydrology: Discovering H2O in the Earth’s Mantle

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Ultra-deep diamonds aren’t the type of glittering gems that jewelers covet. Instead, they are rough, oftentimes milky-looking minerals that travel up from the transition zone, a region hundreds of miles deep in the earth’s mantle. These precious stones are not only historical artifacts, formed some 90 million years ago, they  … Read More

You’re Surrounded by 500 Enemy Soldiers: What Do You Do?

You’re Surrounded by 500 Enemy Soldiers: What Do You Do?

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Question: What if you train your people and they leave, taking their newly acquired skills with them?
Answer: What if you don’t train them and they never leave?

In my callow youth I had the privilege of wallowing in mud, choking on dust, and enduring insults and inane commands from the mouth  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

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

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … 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

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Energy in Every Droplet

Energy in Every Droplet

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The intersection of water and energy is an interface that in the water industry we often explore in terms of operational efficiencies, conservation policies, and cost perspectives. But on a micro scale, the water-energy nexus is encapsulated within a single molecule. And the research surrounding the separation of this molecule’s  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

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Selecting a turbine to fit the environment it will operate in is really all about designing the right air filtration system to protect the gas turbine and compressor components. Filtration systems should be adapted to the specific site conditions to provide the best possible protection and optimized engine performance.

There is no “all-in-one” filter. There  … 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

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

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The skid-steer and the compact track loader (CTL): two powerful little workhorses designed to perform the same basic functions—so what’s the difference? Hint: the difference is based on the working conditions each is best suited for. “It all comes down to wheels versus tracks,” sums up Ashby Graham, product manager for JCB.

“Skid-steers are tired machines, whereas  … Read More

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

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Energy audits and assessments are wide-ranging first steps to creating energy-efficient business models and supporting sustainable practices. By assessing energy usage, analyzing internal processes, and calculating energy inefficiencies, audits provide a custom blueprint to help businesses of all types recognize opportunities to achieve immediate and long-lasting financial savings. Insight derived  … Read More

Programs to Protect and Restore Eroding Shorelines

Programs to Protect and Restore Eroding Shorelines

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Rising sea levels in many locations add power to a storm’s negative punch. And when storm surges race many miles inland—as they did after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast—then coastal erosion is magnified.  … Read More

New Technology Improves Switchgear Performance

New Technology Improves Switchgear Performance

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It’s no secret to the manufacturers who provide switchgear that their products are in ever-greater demand today. That’s because switchgear plays such a critical role in the operation of uninterruptable power supply systems. And these days, there are more end-users than ever—data centers, hospitals,financial institutions, manufacturers—that can’t afford to lose  … Read More

Management of Solid Waste From Tourism

Management of Solid Waste From Tourism

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Small island developing states (SIDS), especially those that are tourist destinations, face numerous issues associated with the relatively limited land that may be spread over a number of islands. From a solid waste perspective management, siting facilities such as landfills can be problematic. One SIDS country, the Republic of Maldives  … Read More

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

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Quantum Biopower, a waste-to-energy company in Southington, Connecticut, is prepared to make energy and environmental history. Last spring, the company received approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to build a food-waste, anaerobic digestion plant. In June, the Southington Planning & Zoning committee gave its approval for construction. When completed—scheduled for  … Read More

A Gentle Blast From the Past

A Gentle Blast From the Past

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A year from when I turned the editorial reins over to Arturo, he asked if I’d like to do a guest blog sometime knowing full well that I pined for the chance to return, however shortly, to my favorite editorial stomping ground. So after due consideration of the many topics  … Read More

Getting an Erg to Fly

Getting an Erg to Fly

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After allowing the Thanksgiving feast to settle happily into my innards and bored by the prospect of watching a couple of brightly outfitted gangs bash one another into insensitivity, I decided to haul out my three-year-old quadricopter, with the less-than-generous intention of buzzing the neighbor’s cat as a means of  … Read More



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