Tag: water quality management

Water resource management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. It is a sub-set of water cycle management. Ideally, water resource management planning has regard to all the competing demands for water and seeks to allocate water on an equitable basis to satisfy all uses and demands. As with other resource management, this is rarely possible in practice.

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

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

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Stream Buffers

Stream Buffers

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Otterbine Launches Online App “Picture-It”

Otterbine Launches Online App “Picture-It”

EMMAUS, PA May 26, 2015 – Otterbine releases “Picture-It” with Otterbine a new online app that allows you to imagine how any Otterbine pattern would appear on a water feature. Accessible through www.otterbine.com, there is no need to download a program to use and is available anywhere with an internet connection.

“Our products provide aesthetic appeal,

How Low Can You Go? – Water Efficiency

How Low Can You Go? – Water Efficiency

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week that Lake Mead is hitting a level it hasn’t been at since it was in the process of filling up behind the brand new Hoover Dam 78 years ago, in 1937. The Colorado River is not what it used to be. The article,

Inlet Protection During Construction—and After

Inlet Protection During Construction—and After

Water—a simple molecule of one oxygen and two hydrogens, with such a simple design. It’s the very structure of water that makes it strong enough to force boulders loose on a hillside. By water’s polarity, water molecules attract more water molecules and soon the long branched “polymers” are strong enough

Inlet Protection During Construction and After

Inlet Protection During Construction and After

Water-a simple molecule of one oxygen and two hydrogens, with such a simple design. It’s the very structure of water that makes it strong enough to force boulders loose on a hillside. By water’s polarity, water molecules attract more water molecules and soon the long branched “polymers” are strong enough

Forest Service Proposes New Management Practices for Water Resources

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014– The U.S. Forest Service today announced its intent to strengthen agency management direction for groundwater resources and the use of best management practices to improve and protect water quality on national forests and grasslands.  This action is an integral component of watershed stewardship and land management.

The Costs of LID

The Costs of LID

With fourth-generation municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits in California now requiring use of low-impact-development (LID) stormwater best management practices (BMPs) for discretionary new and redevelopment projects, the need for accurate LID BMP cost data has never been greater. Indeed, for development project proponents and the regulated MS4s, the

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