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Serenading the Asian Carp

Serenading the Asian Carp

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Who’s afraid of the Asian carp? Lots of people, apparently, including those in the fishing industry throughout the Great Lakes region. The invasive species of fish, which was brought to aquatic farms in the Southern US more than 40 years ago, is steadily spreading north. Weighing up to 100 pounds  … Read More

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

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A few weeks ago in this space, I mentioned the algae blooms plaguing Florida this year, largely the result of nutrient-rich water being released from Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately, it’s not just Florida that’s experiencing the problem—there’s plenty to go around.

A recently published study in Science shows that excess nutrients  … 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

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

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

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“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”  … Read More

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

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What does it take to get people to care about what’s going on in their watershed? Or maybe there’s a question we need to ask even before that one—how many people really understand the dynamics of the water cycle, or for that matter what a watershed is? (Previous studies have  … Read More

The Sooner You Know, The Sooner You Can Leave

The Sooner You Know, The Sooner You Can Leave

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There are few things as frustrating as following the instructions, doing what you’re supposed to do, and then learning that your efforts were seemingly for nothing. At some point you might have received that dreaded evacuation notice because of a storm—and, ideally, you got out of the way if you  … Read More

Predicting the Weather: Not As Easy As It Looks

Predicting the Weather: Not As Easy As It Looks

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A few weeks ago, I noted that insurers in the US reported more losses from severe storm events in the first quarter of 2017 than at any other time in the last 20 years. If there’s a flip side to this news, perhaps it’s that at least one source is predicting fewer  … Read More

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



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