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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

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

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

Paying for Damages—Sometimes Before They Happen

Paying for Damages—Sometimes Before They Happen

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The first three months of the year are usually easy on insurance companies—and the rest of us—simply because it’s not hurricane season, when claims for property and vehicle damage are typically much higher. Not this year, though. US insurers are reporting that extreme and more frequent weather events have made  … Read More

Are We Finally Winning Against the Mosquito?

Are We Finally Winning Against the Mosquito?

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It’s been a long time in the making, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that three countries, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, have been selected to begin trials of a new malaria vaccine next year. At least 120,000 children in each country, ranging from five to 17 months old,  … Read More

The Nutrient Separating Baffle Box: A Key to Trapping Pollutants

The Nutrient Separating Baffle Box: A Key to Trapping Pollutants

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A Florida Park Revitalized
Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, FL, desperately needed revitalization. New facilities and buildings were planned and built, and paved surfaces were restored. Another big part of the project was installation of stormwater treatment best management practices (BMPs).

The park covers about 25 acres, situated between the downtown urban  … Read More

Updates in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling Software

Updates in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling Software

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Developers of hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software have recently unveiled exciting new program updates and products to increase the efficiency and effectiveness. Dramatic decreases in model run times, thoughtful assembly of multiple information sources, and greater flexibility within hydrologic connectivity options demonstrate just a few ways these changes have improved  … Read More

What’s in a Name? Just Possibly Your Funding

What’s in a Name? Just Possibly Your Funding

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In the 1850s, a Portuguese man named Pedro Carolino set out to create an English phrasebook for his students. The problem? He did not actually speak English himself, and did not have at his disposal a Portuguese-English dictionary. He did, however, have a Portuguese-to-French dictionary and a French-to-English one, and  … Read More



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