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Stormcon is an annual surface water quality conference that continues to be the leading forum for public works directors, stormwater professionals, private sector contractors, engineers, and government representatives. Inherently multi-disciplinary, the conference is designed for all who have a direct stake in stormwater management, non-point source pollution and urban water systems.

Insights From the Journey

Insights From the Journey

One of the great gifts of writing is the knowledge that one gains from the research necessary to create intelligent composition. My high school English teacher—who also taught Kurt Vonnegut—once told me that there were seven basic plots in literature and not to worry about outlining a wholly original narrative,

Here We Go Again—Fees and Taxes

Here We Go Again—Fees and Taxes

By some estimates, more than 1,400 stormwater utilities now exist in the US, but each time a community attempts to set one up, it’s a new process all over again—introducing residents and potential ratepayers to the concept, enlisting the support of elected officials, setting up a rate structure. And each

George Washington Argued Here

George Washington Argued Here

We’ve seen them often enough in other parts of the country, and now one is flaring up on the Potomac River: a battle over water rights. The origins of this one go back almost four centuries and involve an agreement negotiated in 1785 by George Washington years before he became

“Mildly Radioactive”

“Mildly Radioactive”

Those of us concerned with surface water quality generally keep a wary eye on the amount of nutrients entering our lakes and rivers. Nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers—much of it from agricultural lands, some from urban stormwater runoff—are a big contributor to algae blooms and dead zones, and in high

102 Million Trees Gone

102 Million Trees Gone

The trees are dying.

We’ve known it for a while; in California’s forests, because of the ongoing drought, trees are dying by the millions. What wasn’t clear was the scale at which it’s happening. The latest aerial survey from the US Forest Service shows that the state has about 102

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

We’ve published quite a few articles about the thorny process of setting up a stormwater utility, about what works and what—sometimes spectacularly—fails. Although utilities are a good way for a city to generate a reliable, steady income, they often meet with resistance from a whole lot of people—from residents who

Got a Mask? It’s  Still Wildfire Season

Got a Mask? It’s Still Wildfire Season

Large parts of the Southeast are on fire this week, with tens of thousands of acres affected by wildfires. Even many of those who aren’t forced to evacuate are still struggling with the effects of poor air quality—so much so that officials in some areas are recommending people wear special

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

There’s no doubt that technology is changing the way we work, the way we live, and, very possibly, the way we’re going to move between the two—how we literally get from place to place. Our future modes of transportation might look a bit different from what most of us expected.

Tilting a Little to the Left

Tilting a Little to the Left

Here’s another reminder why that geotechnical report is so important.

The Millennium Tower, a 58-story apartment building in San Francisco, is slowly sinking—more on one side than the other, unfortunately, so it now has a distinctive tilt. The building is located in one of the many parts of the city

The StormCon 2017 Call for Papers Is Open

The StormCon 2017 Call for Papers Is Open

StormCon, the only North American event dedicated exclusively to stormwater, is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference. The deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

StormCon will take place in Seattle, WA, August 27–31, 2017. The conference venue, the Meydenbauer Center, is actually located in Bellevue,

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