Tag: stormwater engineer

Water resources engineering is concerned with the collection and management of water (as a natural resource). As a discipline it therefore combines hydrology, environmental science, meteorology, geology, conservation, and resource management. This area of civil engineering relates to the prediction and management of both the quality and the quantity of water in both underground (aquifers) and above ground (lakes, rivers, and streams) resources.

Guest Editorial: Dumbing Down Hydrology

Why are we dumbing down hydrology for engineers? When I say “dumbing down,” what I mean is that we (the stormwater profession) are telling engineers to use pre-computer, simple methods and techniques to size stormwater facilities. I recently asked a noted, national stormwater expert this question, and his response was

Barriers to Implementing LID

Barriers to Implementing LID

Low-impact-development stormwater management approaches are gaining in popularity and are being increasingly written into permitting requirements. While a number of barriers to implementation continue to come into play, advocates are finding more solutions to those obstacles, according to experts across the country. “We cannot just trumpet the wonderful qualities of

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

San Angelo, TX, home of the Concho River that flows through the downtown area and three lakes, is a lot like many cities that sprang up along the banks of a river. Stormwater runoff affects the viability of drinking water and the ecosystem not only of San Angelo, but also

Pipe and Drainage Systems

Pipe and Drainage Systems

At some point, as stormwater pipes begin to fail, almost every manager will face the decision to replace or repair them. The choice depends on a number of factors: What condition is the pipe in? Is it badly degraded, or does it just have some leaky joints? How much ground

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

Despite economic challenges, MS4 communities throughout the United States continue to put forth a significant effort in addressing one of the key elements of NPDES Phase II: pollution prevention and good housekeeping. North Port, FL In North Port, FL, stormwater manager Elizabeth Wong of the Planning Zoning and Engineering Department

Guarding the Drains

Guarding the Drains

Unlike wastewater, which flows to a treatment plant, stormwater in many areas flows to waterways without any additional treatment. Discharges often include pathogens, nutrients, surfactants, and various toxic pollutants. Since the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II went into effect in 2003, smaller municipalities and private concerns have

Johnson County’s Cooperative Flood Control Efforts

Johnson County sits on Kansas’s northeastern border. Also bordering the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which includes 11 counties in both Kansas and Missouri, the 477-mi.2 county has 21 incorporated cities and eight unincorporated townships; its current population of 450,000 is expected to grow to 500,000 by

Airport Embankment Project Tests Erosion Control Options

While building an embankment for a new runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, the Port of Seattle is also developing some new erosion control measures to help protect the water quality of nearby creeks and potentially boost compliance with state water-quality standards beyond what is required. “We want

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