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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

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

Foliar Rainfall Retention

Foliar Rainfall Retention

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Trees and forest systems play an important role in the water cycle by intercepting rainfall and regulating water flow to the soil for more efficient stormwater infiltration. Traditional urban development practices have reduced the function of these systems by eliminating the vertical structure (tree canopy cover), removing existing ground cover  … Read More

Mosquitoes and Other Unpleasant Things

Mosquitoes and Other Unpleasant Things

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito—yes, that’s the one that carries the Zika virus—is either spreading to more places in the US, or else we’re looking more closely for it and finding it in places we didn’t notice it before. In any case, the Centers for Disease Control says it’s in 38  … Read More

“Water Managers Were the First Rulers of the Land”

“Water Managers Were the First Rulers of the Land”

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Two recent, and contrasting, articles recently caught my attention. One, a BBC piece called “Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas,” focuses not just on still-in-the-future possibilities of different sea level rise scenarios, but on what’s already taking place in Florida with scary frequency: flooded basements, pools of water in parking lots  … Read More

Storm Drain Inlet Protection

Storm Drain Inlet Protection

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If a stream or other waterbody is showing an increase in sediment or pollutant contamination, nearby active construction sites are usually the first suspect. As any developer or construction crew chief knows, devices to stop runoff from the site are an absolute necessity.  … Read More

Underground Stormwater Storage Case Studies

Underground Stormwater Storage Case Studies

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Underground retention and detention systems continue to increase in popularity as urban and suburban infill prompts careful consideration of proposed land uses on high-value real estate. Placing stormwater management underground frees up space for higher value land uses and greater return on investment. Additionally, trends toward water awareness and reclamation,  … Read More

It’s Manslaughter

It’s Manslaughter

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Last week, as you’ve probably heard, five people in Michigan were charged with involuntary manslaughter for circumstances related to the Flint water crisis—specifically for their failure to sound the alert about increases in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease. It’s believed that pipes corroded by the city’s new source  … Read More



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