Tag: LID

LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

According to EPA, public systems face numerous challenges, including aging infrastructure, increasing regulatory requirements, water quantity and water concerns, and inadequate resources. These challenges are amplified through changes in population and climate. It is estimated that the US will need to spend upwards of $200 billion on water systems in

“The Future Looks Smaller”

“The Future Looks Smaller”

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

Issues With Clay? No Way!

Issues With Clay? No Way!

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.

Foliar Rainfall Factors

Foliar Rainfall Factors

Trees and forest systems play an important role in the water cycle by intercepting rainfall and regulating water flow to the soil for more efficient stormwater infiltration. Traditional urban development practices have reduced the function of these systems by eliminating the vertical structure (tree canopy cover), removing existing ground cover

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

IECA News

IECA News

Environmental Connection 2017 Ready for Atlanta?
Save the date for EC17!
Environmental Connection 2017 is coming soon and IECA encourages all industry professionals to start making plans to attend the world’s largest soil and water event. EC17 will be held February 21–24, 2017, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Prepare to learn from a

A Better Plan to Manage Stormwater

A Better Plan to Manage Stormwater

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) approved StormChambers for One Loudoun, a large mixed-use development in Ashburn, Loudoun County, VA. It was one of the first applications where VDOT runoff water—combined with private runoff water—went to this type of system, notes Steve Pandish, director of water resources for the engineering

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