Tag: improving water quality

Water quality is fundamental for good river health. Water quality sustains ecological processes that support native fish populations, vegetation, wetlands and birdlife.
Similarly, many of our own uses depend on water quality that is suitable for irrigation, watering stock, drinking, fishing and recreation, and to meet cultural and spiritual needs.

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

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

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

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

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The NWQI helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The NWQI helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary

One Small Step for Bugs

One Small Step for Bugs

Like the inhabitants of the tragically fated Roman city of Pompeii, which fell victim to fallout from the Vesuvius volcano, benthic macroinvertebrate organisms in long-established communities along the river bottom received no warning of the oncoming catastrophe. They, like their human counterparts separated by millennia (and phylum), may have seen

Street Sweeping With the Best

Street Sweeping With the Best

“We run our sweepers every day of the week except the weekend, for nine to nine-and-a-half months of the year—even some days of December when the weather is mild. We don’t put water in the tank when it might freeze,” says Dale Chumley, chief of stormwater for the city of

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff in Denver, CO, flows to two entities: Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. Maintaining and improving water quality in the city’s two main bodies of water is critical to Denver’s present and future.

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Denver Models Good Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff in Denver, CO, flows to two entities: Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. Maintaining and improving water quality in the city’s two main bodies of water is critical to Denver’s present and future.

Simplifying the Dam Breach Analysis

Simplifying the Dam Breach Analysis

As a senior designer at a civil engineering firm, I have been challenged with many stormwater management designs for new facilities and retrofitting of existing facilities with current best management practices. To provide consistent results to local and state agencies during the review process, I have organized an analytic process

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