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Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

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It’s been done in a lot of other places, but Dallas is doing it bigger than anyone else: turning a floodplain into an urban park. The 10,000-acre park—actually a series of them—along the Trinity River will be part of a nature preserve containing green spaces and other public amenities like  … 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

Mend the Roof While the Sun Is Shining

Mend the Roof While the Sun Is Shining

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For quite a few years now, and especially since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, communities along the East Coast of the US have been preparing for the ever-larger storms that we’re told we can expect. Many attribute the coming increase in the size and frequency of hurricanes to climate change, but  … Read More

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

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Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.  … Read More

Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

Rehabilitating Stormwater Pipe

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In the booming 1990s, Orange County took a close look at its growing—and aging—water infrastructure to make decisions about maintaining and upgrading it. They decided to contract outside their own stormwater department for making the repairs to the system. The Stormwater Management Division in Orange County has been through many  … Read More

“The Future Looks Smaller”

“The Future Looks Smaller”

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As with many other cities that have combined sanitary and storm sewer systems, Chicago has a combined sewer overflow problem, with an average of more than 60 overflows a year. And, as many other cities are doing, it’s turning to green infrastructure to help solve the problem—infiltrating as much water  … Read More

Random Facts About Water Harvesting

Random Facts About Water Harvesting

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As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2016, let’s revisit Stormwater’s  top posts for the year.

This blog post received several comments in 2016.
Some Random Facts About Water Harvesting
In May 2016, the governor of Colorado signed a bill legalizing rain barrels. Before  … Read More

A Renewed Battle Cry Over Water

A Renewed Battle Cry Over Water

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President Obama recently signed a $10 billion bill that authorizes various water projects across the country. Two that have gotten the most attention are helping Flint, MI, recover from the lead-tainted drinking water debacle earlier this year ($170 million authorized), and providing relief to some of the people affected by the  … Read More

The Story of Billy Barr and the Snow Gauge

The Story of Billy Barr and the Snow Gauge

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You might have heard of Billy Barr, a Colorado man who’s having his proverbial 15 minutes of fame because of something he’s quietly been doing, year in and year out, for the last four decades.

Barr lives in Gothic, CO, a long-abandoned mining town that’s one of the coldest spots  … 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 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

Here We Go Again—Fees and Taxes

Here We Go Again—Fees and Taxes

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By some estimates, more than 1,400 stormwater utilities now exist in the US, but each time a community attempts to set one up, it’s a new process all over again—introducing residents and potential ratepayers to the concept, enlisting the support of elected officials, setting up a rate structure. And each  … Read More

“Mildly Radioactive”

“Mildly Radioactive”

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Those of us concerned with surface water quality generally keep a wary eye on the amount of nutrients entering our lakes and rivers. Nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers—much of it from agricultural lands, some from urban stormwater runoff—are a big contributor to algae blooms and dead zones, and in high  … Read More



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