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Scientific Literacy: How Do You Rate?

Scientific Literacy: How Do You Rate?

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This is a bit off the topic of stormwater, strictly speaking, but it does deal with how people understand scientific concepts and the scientific process—people, for example, like the public to whom we explain why we need to pay for stormwater management.

This recent article questions what we mean by “scientific literacy.”  … Read More

Street Sweepers Keep Stormwater Cleaner

Street Sweepers Keep Stormwater Cleaner

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Keeping a city’s streets, storm sewers, and catch basins clean is an essential service for its residents, even though they might not pay much attention to the work as it occurs. Cleaner air and water are the result—proven by numerous studies—and that’s important to every person within a community.

San Diego,  … Read More

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Reduction in Urban Runoff

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Reduction in Urban Runoff

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By Jane Clary, Brandon Steets, Jonathan Jones, Eric Strecker, and Marc Leisenring   Pathogens are the top cause of stream impairments nationally, with over 10,500 stream segments identified as impaired as of 2012—typically due to elevated concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) in waterbodies. Although strict numeric effluent limits for  … Read More

StormCon Myth Busters: Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure

StormCon Myth Busters: Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure

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This year we are excited to announce new curriculum the days leading up to the main event. Select from eight preconference courses designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need to advance your career. Participants may register for preconference courses without registering for the main conference.  CEU/PDH Credit  … Read More

Advanced Stormwater Treatment: Dissolved Pollutants

Advanced Stormwater Treatment: Dissolved Pollutants

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Did you know that on average in stormwater, 45% of the phosphorus load and ~50% of the metal load (cadmium, copper, zinc, etc.) is present in dissolved form? And unfortunately, most of these dissolved pollutants travel downstream to our receiving water bodies and wildlife untreated (thanks to physical treatments which  … Read More

Could Flint Happen Again? The Road Salt Connection

Could Flint Happen Again? The Road Salt Connection

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Most of us have been following the story of Flint, Michigan’s water supply. What happened—and continues to happen—in Flint is tragic, but it might not be an isolated case.

Here’s a brief recap of the situation: In 2013 Flint decided to stop buying its drinking water from Detroit and instead get  … Read More

Stormwater Systems Benefit from Green Roofs

Stormwater Systems Benefit from Green Roofs

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With their myriad benefits, green roofs are becoming increasingly incorporated into new and existing projects. The International Green Roofs and Walls Project Database lists 1,599 projects totaling 33,334,677 square feet, and the number is growing.

Green roofs—also known as vegetated or garden roofs—are key green infrastructure elements and are being increasingly  … Read More

Zika and the Genetically Modified Mosquito

Zika and the Genetically Modified Mosquito

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Three weeks ago, I mentioned in this blog that the Zika virus had been found in Brazil, and some of the possible consequences. Although it’s not definitively proven, there is evidence that women who are infected with the virus during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to children with  … Read More

Surface Water Master Class Series

Surface Water Master Class Series

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Join industry expert and former two-time IECA president, Dr. David T. Williams, for our 4-part live and on-demand master class series exploring surface water behavior, effects, and techniques from the first rain drops to stream restoration. In this comprehensive series we’ll dive into the surface water details starting with a  … Read More

An (Unwanted) 25-Year Record

An (Unwanted) 25-Year Record

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Many Arkansas residents got an unwelcome Christmas present last month. The US Geological Survey (USGS) is now reporting that the flooding that began on Christmas weekend was the most severe since 1990, and the water levels in many rivers are still high.

Up to 10 inches of rain fell in parts  … Read More

Temporary Diversion Sizing When Working in Waterways

Temporary Diversion Sizing When Working in Waterways

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By Shannon Tillack, Andrew Earles, Ken MacKenzie, and David Bennetts Temporary diversion methods are commonly used to reroute water from a stream or direct flows to a designated portion of the stream channel to allow for construction activities to take place in the stream, along the banks, or beneath the  … Read More



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