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Looking for a Place to Start

Looking for a Place to Start

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The Ganges River, India’s longest, flows for more than 1,500 miles, supporting cities and agricultural areas in northern India. It is sacred to many Hindus, and people make pilgrimages to visit the river and bathe in or drink its water. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most polluted rivers in  … Read More

How Much Is a Tree Worth?

How Much Is a Tree Worth?

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A new study has once again confirmed that trees provide great value in urban settings—and also that we don’t value them enough.

Researchers from the US Forest Service and the University of California at Davis have calculated that the annual cost to keep a city tree alive is $19. For every  … Read More

Using One Typhoon to Predict Another

Using One Typhoon to Predict Another

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Last week Typhoon Nepartak caused tremendous damage in Taiwan and, nearly two days later, in China’s Fujian province. At least three people were killed in Taiwan and nine in China, with several others missing and more than 400,000 evacuated. Both countries experienced power outages and major disruptions to air and  … 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

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

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At some point, all communities face possible devastation from rising flood waters. And on the front line of the flood response effort are civil engineers inspecting and monitoring flood control systems in order to protect community lives and property. But…at what risk?

Join Ryan Hunsicker and David Totman for a FREE  … 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

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

“Just Like Guacamole”

“Just Like Guacamole”

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Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency for four coastal counties. The cause this time wasn’t a hurricane, but something much more insidious: algae blooms so thick that some residents compared them to guacamole floating on the water’s surface.

Many people living  … Read More

Green Infrastructure Stormwater BMPs

Green Infrastructure Stormwater BMPs

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In 2014, EPA began a project seeking design and construction of two green infrastructure stormwater best management practice (BMP) projects on Cape Cod in Massachusetts to serve as a model for promoting public awareness and building public support for problems and challenges associated with stormwater. The primary objectives were to  … Read More

Walking on Water (You Can Do It Until July 3)

Walking on Water (You Can Do It Until July 3)

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One of the other editors here at Forester Media pointed out to me last week the latest work by Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist known for his massive, temporary environmental art installations. The new work is called “The Floating Piers,” and it consists of about 2 miles of walkways on Italy’s  … Read More

Putting a Price on Environmental Art

Putting a Price on Environmental Art

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One of the other editors here at Forester Media pointed out to me last week the latest work by Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist known for his massive, temporary environmental art installations. The new work is called “The Floating Piers,” and it consists of about 2 miles of walkways on Italy’s  … Read More

Turned to Stone

Turned to Stone

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Stormwater managers, particularly those in coastal areas, tend to think a lot about the “new 100-year storm,” about changing weather patterns and rising sea levels, and the need to plan differently—and size our infrastructure differently—because the weather is no longer as predictable as it once seemed.

A project now taking place  … Read More

Something New to Do in the Basement

Something New to Do in the Basement

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Since its peak in the middle of the last century, the city of Detroit, MI, has lost more than 60% of its population, down from a high of 1,850,000 people. The decline of the auto industry, flight to the suburbs, and other factors have led to one of the most  … Read More



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