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Carol Brzozowski

Articles by Carol Brzozowski

Reader Profile: Charles Martin

| An EPA consent decree became a career changer for Charles Martin, director of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Division of Water Quality. In 2006, EPA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Lexington for Clean Water Act violations based on sewage discharges into streams. Finalized in 2011, the consent decree agreement requires ... READ MORE

Cold Weather Stormwater Management

| As the winter season commences, stormwater management shifts to cold weather practices in much of the US. It brings inherent challenges, especially the effects of deicing salt, sand, and chemicals and concerns about runoff into nearby water bodies. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Richard Dunbar

| As an erosion control specialist, Richard Dunbar has spent decades being among the first on the scene of a new development and then arrives to mitigate disasters that may occur on established development. “Doing erosion control, we’re usually the first in on the project before the grading starts, so our job is to keep the ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Matt Corson

| THE FLINT, MI, water crisis has amplified the importance of water quality issues for water utilities and their consumers on the national front as well as the criticality of the work of people such as Matt Corson, director of environmental compliance and stewardship for American Water. Corson is responsible for directing the overall environmental compliance and stewardship program across more than 300 drinking water systems and nearly 200 wastewater operations owned or operated under contract by American Water throughout the country. He assists with the overall vision and strategy for American Water, coordinating with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and water industry organizations on national water quality issues and to help shape future drinking water regulations. He credits “strong teams at the state and local level that do the hard work” in helping with that effort. ... READ MORE

Accessibility and Analysis

| The water industry has been “data-rich and information poor,” notes Graham Symmonds, chief knowledge officer for FATHOM. “That will continue without a reconceptualization of how, where, and why we’re using this data,” he adds. “A lot of work has to be done on utilities to be able to collect, curate, and analyze this data. There’s ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Khalil Gharios

| “There’s no dull moment in the solid waste business at all,” notes Khalil Gharios. With nearly four million Los Angeles, CA, residents for whom Gharios and his staff at LA Sanitation (LASAN) provide services, one can appreciate his sentiments. LASAN encompasses wastewater, stormwater, solid waste management, livability, and environmental quality. Gharios is the solid resources ... READ MORE

Cold Weather Checklist

| In Green Bay, WI, fleet manager Nathan Wachtendonk is readying the fleet for winter. He oversees more than 700 pieces of equipment from trailers to solid waste trucks, including four ACX XPEDITOR 6X4 cabs from Autocar. He and 13 mechanics work out of two maintenance facilities. The solid waste collection crew covers 46 square miles. ... READ MORE

Setting the Cannabis Bar

| As more states in the US legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use (more than half of the country now allows its medicinal use), it has created a special source of product and packaging waste for solid waste operators to manage. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Pinar Balci

| Pinar Balci’s passion for ecosystem sustainability has taken her from the saw grass of the Florida Everglades to the urban streets of New York City. Balci is assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis. Among its tasks, the Bureau conducts environmental reviews for DEP in ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Tony Sparks

| Like many school districts, “we only have so much money to work with and there is a lot more need,” notes Tony Sparks, CxA, LEED AP, BOC, staff project manager for HVAC systems, energy conservation and sustainability standards for Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) facilities design and construction. APS is New Mexico’s largest school district and the 31st largest in the nation. Its 142 schools plus administrative buildings span 1,200 square miles. ... READ MORE

Access and Integration

| With an expected market growth from 44 billion in 2017 to 82 billion by 2023, the adoption rates of building automation technology are significantly increasing, while the growth of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices has extended into the buildings industry, notes Justin Lavoie, VP of Systems and Services, EcoBuildings at Schneider Electric. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Marni Aarlev

| Working for the world’s largest sanitation department—the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)—is no small task. DSNY collects more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional garbage and 1,760 tons of recyclables daily. Since June 2016, Marni Aaron Aarlev has worked as a senior business analyst with its operations management division. Previously, Aarlev had managed the ... READ MORE

Highly Efficient

| As waste composition changes with the times and as labor shortages continue and political considerations ebb and flow, efficiencies in and between the transfer station and materials recovery facility (MRF) become more critical. “MRFs that are not coordinated with transfer stations are unlikely to produce the best benefit/cost to the owner/operator and would not have ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Ryan Qualls

| Ryan Qualls was barely out of high school when he started his first company in 2004 and it didn’t take him long to figure out the secret to success was to build a company of people who share his same passion for earthwork. Hand-in-hand is giving them the top-of-the-line tools and equipment necessary to do site work for his company’s clients to construct their projects with confidence in his company’s ground work. Qualls is president of Pro Grade, a full-service site development company of 20 employees in Maple Valley, WA, which provides services throughout King County. Pro Grade engages in privately negotiated jobs, with the company’s projects a 50-50 split between site work and utility work. Qualls subs out the landscaping and concrete work. ... READ MORE

Business as Usual and Unusual

| Given the advances in graders, contractors are bringing them in much sooner on projects, notes Luke Kurth, product marketing manager, motor graders, John Deere. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Jim Lochhead

| GROWING UP IN Southern California where he enjoyed surfing and water skiing, Jim Lochhead—Denver Water CEO/manager—has always had an affinity for water. That personal connection to water has taken him to a number of professional places in his career in which he has served to protect and deliver water to end-users. ... READ MORE

Greener Grounds, Greener Business

| Mark Hurd, grounds and irrigation foreman for the Davis School District, Utah’s second largest, has seen a lot of changes in irrigation technology in the three decades he’s been doing his job. But as of late, he’s noticed them developing at warp speed. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Robin Welter

| With drought, sea level rise, and other challenges, green infrastructure “is going to become more evident in streetscape designs around the city. A large part of it is educating the public about the design intent,” notes Robin Welter, a California licensed landscape architect for San Francisco Public Works. “It’s not just a pretty basin full of flowers. There’s a technical function to these basins. That’s what’s really interesting.” As one of 20 staff landscape architects and designers, Welter designs landscape improvements for urban public spaces, parkways, recreational areas, and city parks with a green infrastructure focus. She says she seeks to alleviate stormwater runoff, “getting it to follow a more natural process to mitigate or minimize the erosion around the city, especially around the coast. We’re finding more beaches are starting to erode away at a much faster rate due to erosion and climate change. As sea levels rise, it’s going to become more of a critical component in every design.” Welter has worked in both the private and public sectors, noting that project sizes and budgets are different. “In the private sector, you tend to get closer to your clients than you do with the public, but you’re also striving for the same design goals,” she says. “In private, you can flex your design skills a little bit more because it isn’t as regulated as it can be in the public sector, but then that’s the fun part of the public sector: the challenge to accomplish that within budget and per code.” ... READ MORE

The Test of Time

| In channel stabilization, time is the test of the resiliency of a chosen solution. Several projects worldwide have demonstrated mitigation approaches that are making the grade. Case in point: the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is a 3.91-kilometer-long suspension bridge linking Kobe, the capital of the Hyōgo Prefecture on Honshu Island, to Iwaya on Awaji Island, also ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Robert Patterson

| For any stormwater program to succeed, its goals must be achievable by those involved, says Robert T. Patterson, CPESC, CESSWI. He is an approved instructor for CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control) and CESSWI (Certified Erosion, Sediment, & Stormwater Inspector) review workshops and a QSP/QSD (Qualified SWPPP Practitioner/Qualified SWPPP Developer) Trainer of Record. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Cyril Toussaint

| While overseeing energy efficiency projects at the nation’s largest public health system may seem like a daunting task to some, for Cyril Toussaint, director of energy management and sustainability at NYC Health + Hospitals, it is both a challenge and opportunity to serve his community, a lifelong role he has relished. While he never set out to get into a career in energy management, the path that led him there—economics and public policy—enabled him to craft a profession in which he has performed so admirably—using his skills in communication, collaboration, strategic analysis, and critical thinking in the service of energy efficiency initiatives—that the Association of Energy Engineers named him Energy Manager of the Year in the northeast region of the US for 2017. ... READ MORE

CHP: Institutional Applications

| Institutional facilities throughout the US are employing combined heat and power (CHP) to attain goals in energy efficiency as well as cost savings, resiliency, and greenhouse gas reductions. ... READ MORE

Technology and Connectivity Enhance HVAC Efficiency

| Building owners and operators are adopting “smart” and non-traditional HVAC technologies that not only continue to meet occupancy comfort needs, but provide operation and efficiency benefits. They’re also seeking systems that put more control at their fingertips, industry experts say. ... READ MORE

Cybersecurity Strategies for Water Utilities

| Until recently, water utilities regarded resiliency as a matter of defense against severe weather events. Now cybersecurity threats—including cyber terrorism—have taken a place on the list of water utilities' top concerns. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Sean Payne

| Payne Construction Services in Strafford, NH, dates to the late 1950s when Kenneth Payne jacked up cottages along the Massachusetts and New Hampshire coastline. His son Brian Payne officially started the family-owned and operated business in 1974, expanding services beyond coastal jacking to include bridge jacking, commercial lifting, raising and rigging, and home and commercial building relocation, as well as the transportation of power plant equipment, transformers, generators, and other large equipment. ... READ MORE

Better Numbers

| A project involving a 20-acre site with more than 100 feet of elevation change for which Ryan Qualls could not do a comprehensive takeoff was the driving factor for him deciding it was time to upgrade to more comprehensive takeoff software. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Kim Braun

| Throughout her career, Kim Braun has observed the evolution in the processing of all types of waste materials and says, “I am still fascinated by the ever-changing programs and technologies being created to manage waste globally.” Braun, manager of the Culver City, CA’s Public Works Department’s Environmental Programs & Operations Division (EPO), has been a leader in the creation of programs and technologies, such as the distribution of a customized video inside of a brochure to educate about the city’s polystyrene ban. Other EPO projects include a stormwater diversion and rain garden at its transfer station. Braun oversees in-house waste, recycling and organics collection, and processing operations for all commercial and residential accounts, construction and demolition collection and recycling programs, a 500-ton per day transfer station, street sweeping, and stormwater and wastewater services. ... READ MORE

Gaining Traction

| Tires are among a solid waste fleet’s biggest investments, points out Sanjay Nayakwadi, director, product strategy, commercial marketing, Bridgestone Americas. ... READ MORE

Matching Generators and Compressors With Your Job Site

| Adhering to a blueprint of key factors will help contractors choose the best compressor or generator for a job site. When it comes to compressors, consider rated capacities, fuel consumption, emissions requirements, operating costs, and service costs. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Trenia Harris

| Trenia Harris’ life has been marked with work experiences into which she taps as she executes her current responsibilities as the stormwater program manager for Lubbock, TX. ... READ MORE

Adapting MRFs to Technology

| As technology and automation such as optical sorters, robotics, and controls play a greater role in modern MRFs, it calls for a different skill set in those who manage them and work with them. ... READ MORE

How Smart Irrigation Controls Offer Cost Savings

| Mark Hurd, grounds and irrigation foreman for the Davis School District, Utah’s second largest, has seen a lot of changes in irrigation technology in the three decades he’s been doing his job. But as of late, he’s noticed them developing at warp speed. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Corey Huwa

| It’s not typical that an erosion control professional is a reality TV star, but Corey Huwa and his family are indeed atypical, running myriad family businesses dating back several generations. Cash Cowboys is a Pop TV reality program featuring Huwa and his family as 21st century Western cowboys reclaiming areas destroyed by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and fires by combining their knowledge, work ethic, and core company values of safety, accountability, commitment, family, respect, humility, integrity, and communication passed on through generations of farming. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Debra Burden

| IN CITRUS COUNTY, FL, irrigation accounts for about half of residential water consumption, “and our water use is threatening to grow beyond our permit limits,” notes Debra Burden, water conservation manager in Florida’s Citrus County Department of Water Resources. To enforce two-day maximum weekly water restrictions, a team patrols the city and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data is used to pinpoint wrong day and time violations. Education regarding allowable watering days is the goal of the enforcement effort, says Burden, adding that “we find most citizens want to comply and adjust schedules promptly after being noticed.” The department’s team also works with customers at their homes and in the classroom to teach irrigation efficiency principles and proper scheduling. “Many residents have never had an irrigation system before moving to Florida,” notes Burden. “It’s important to offer customers realistic expectations of landscapes and grass here. Often, new residents think that all of Florida is tropical and therefore lush, or that they can have landscapes similar to their northern homes. While we have beautiful landscapes, they are neither tropical nor similar to those in the north and supporting the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program helps send this message home.” ... READ MORE

Greener Grounds, Greener Business

| Mark Hurd, grounds and irrigation foreman for the Davis School District, Utah’s second largest, has seen a lot of changes in irrigation technology in the three decades he’s been doing his job. But as of late, he’s noticed them developing at warp speed. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Maihan Noorzay

| After 12 years working for other geotechnical consulting firms, Maihan Noorzay knew what he wanted his own company to look like when he launched Noorzay Geotechnical Services (NGS) in Southern California in 2017. “We wanted to take a step outside of the box and offer clients a tailored service providing a custom solution for every need, keeping the line of communication open with clients throughout the project duration,” notes Noorzay, M.S., P.E., G.E., QSD/QSP. And so his company does, providing umbrella services on roadway projects, bridge structures, parking structures, hospitals, residential structures, and landfills. ... READ MORE

Truth to Power

| Adhering to a blueprint of key factors will help contractors choose the best compressor or generator for a job site. When it comes to compressors, consider rated capacities, fuel consumption, emissions requirements, operating costs, and service costs. ... READ MORE

Hi-Tech has Gone Underground

| Regulations and safety are the two primary driving factors in the use of underground detection technology picking up speed among contractors today. ... READ MORE

Energy Storage for Demand Response

| With new projects emerging domestically and globally, battery energy storage is becoming an increasingly economical and effective solution for addressing demand management. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Ian Peshel

| IAN PESHEL, CEM, MSE, believes the facility management position is viewed now more than ever as a way to help businesses increase bottom-line revenue. “They don’t want facilities to be just an expense,” says Peshel, director of facilities for City Furniture, a large south Florida-based furniture retailer with one million square feet in warehouse and corporate facility space and 1.1 million square feet in showroom space across 27 retail sites, warehouses, and a corporate office. “They want to look at it holistically. What’s my ROI if I spend some money on upgrading to LED lights? What is the present value in those dollars versus investing it somewhere else in the company? Those are the types of decisions I’m seeing more now throughout facility management. In this digital age when we have all of this information about how things are performing, it’s getting more important.” ... READ MORE

Energy Storage for Demand Response

| With new projects emerging domestically and globally, battery energy storage is becoming an increasingly economical and effective solution for addressing demand management. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Cathy Hall

| Solid waste is a business, whether you work for a private company or a municipal government, contends Cathy Hall. Hall manages the integrated solid waste system for Pitkin County, CO. “Contracting and budgets are a big part of the job,” she says. “Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (SWC) is an enterprise fund that is the closest a county or municipality has to operating a business.” The SWC has its own fund balance and operates on its revenues. ... READ MORE

Sense of Smell

| Driven by odor and dust, air quality is an ongoing concern in solid waste operations. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Marilyn Hall

| “HOW OFTEN DOES a water conservation manager get to throw a wedding to demonstrate how you can save water at a big event?” asks Marilyn Hall, AICP, ENV SP. Hall, the water conservation coordinator for the public utility department of Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA, did just that two years ago, promoting water efficiency efforts throughout her wedding and reception and blogging about it for Bride 2 Be magazine. Every detail aimed to save water. ... READ MORE

Benefits of Community Microgrids

| However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy assets through market development and analysis, ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Will Enoch

| Will Enoch was first drawn into using interlocking concrete pavement (ICP) for its aesthetics. When the environmental benefits of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) emerged—including its ability to infiltrate stormwater and pollution runoff and reduce erosion—his interest intensified. He started Enoch Group SPC (Segmental Pavement Consultants and Surveyors), specializing in PICP and ICP evaluation and distress surveys. “In 1996, I found out Germany’s PICP utilization was 15% of its standard ICP usage. North America’s was only 1% of the standard ICP usage,” he says. ... READ MORE

Gabions and Channel Stabilization

| Perhaps nothing tests the stabilization of a channel or streambank like a significant flood event, such as Hurricane Harvey delivered in 2017. Such events highlight whether a long-established gabion installation has withstood the test of time. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Chris Lochra

| Flooding anywhere can cause significant life loss and property damage, but geography often dictates the extent of the damage. The chief concerns in Colorado are flash flood events, partly driven by monsoons in the front mountain range out to the Eastern Plains, notes Chris Lochra. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Eric Coffman

| As Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES) chief at Montgomery County Department of General Services, MD, it is the mission of Eric R. Coffman, CPM, CEM, CEP, LEED-AP, to ensure that the agency provides the best services with the smallest possible environmental footprint. And indeed it has under his leadership, leveraging innovation and financial efficiencies to reduce its greenhouse gas and environmental impact and provide policy and regulatory support on special energy initiatives such as utility mergers, rate cases, and overall energy policy. ... READ MORE

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

| Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams. Several projects were ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Mike Kachur

| Operating a successful business often requires diversifying to meet changing needs. Mike Kachur, the owner of Kachur Tree Service in Niles, MI, has learned to turn challenges into opportunities. His company provides site clearing, among other services. Initially, the company’s services generated so much waste, Kachur tired of trying to find places to dump it. Demand for mulch was on the rise, but not so much for wood chips, he notes. After purchasing a grinder, Kachur started generating an income stream from creating mulch onsite from the green waste. Purchasing a Bandit Beast helped him increase productivity, he adds. ... READ MORE

In the Face of Adversity

| California’s wildfires and other natural disasters that have occurred in recent months in the US have tested the endurance not only of those responding during the disasters and in the post-disaster cleanup, but also of the equipment being used in these adverse conditions. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Peter Livingston

| Renewable energy continues to be a growing field and MSW operations are ripe for leveraging that trend, notes Peter Livingston, the renewable energy program manager at Orange County Waste & Recycling (OCWR) in California. OCWR recently completed a detailed study of numerous renewable technologies and their future value, ranking anaerobic digestion, solar PVs on closed landfills, and landfill gas to CNG, among others. OCWR also did a waste characterization study to ascertain the organic fraction for each one of its active landfills and how to address that. A project that became operational in March 2016 earned a Silver SWANA Landfill Gas and Biogas Excellence Award. ... READ MORE

Efficient Use of Time

| Arizona Waste and Recycling in Tucson, AZ, runs 14 front load trucks that service 2,000 cans on the ground and 300 rolloffs with 21 employees. Owner Kevin Goode sought fleet management software that would enable him to track assets as well as provide other benefits. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Val Frenkel

| Val Frenkel’s lifelong love of water began at age five when his parents enrolled him in swimming school in his native Canada. As an adult, Frenkel rises at 5 a.m. to swim a mile prior to taking on the day’s tasks protecting water resources as vice president of process engineering and managing director for the Pacific coast for Greeley and Hansen. ... READ MORE

Get Smart

| Smart meters are taking center stage in modern water utilities as solutions that can increase water efficiency and improve customer relations. They are proving highly valuable to a range of organizations—from large water utilities concerned about water loss to rural water utilities troubled by severe drought. ... READ MORE

Stormwater Filtration Systems

| In recent years, the focus on stormwater mitigation in Surfside Beach, SC, has been on water quality, notes John Adair, public works director. “The topography along the coast is very flat, so getting the water to go toward the ocean is always a challenge because you might only have very slight variations from block to ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: John Whittingham

| Rills and gullies on disturbed landscapes are as intriguing as they are destructive, notes John Whittingham. Accelerated soil loss resulting from human activities has always captivated Whittingham’s interest. Growing up in Colorado Springs, CO, during the 1960s and 1970s, Whittingham was often found hiking through deep ravines caused by construction-site stormwater runoff or exploring abandoned mines in the neighboring foothills. As co-founder of Basic Biological Services (BBS), in Dillon, MT, Whittingham now provides his expertise in soil and water resources for a company that offers vegetation management to agriculture, mining, forestry, construction, and recreation industries. Since 1999, BBS has employed biologists, botanists, reclamation specialists, skilled laborers, and himself, the company hydrologist. ... READ MORE

Gabions and Channel Stabilization

| Perhaps nothing tests the stabilization of a channel or streambank like a significant flood event, such as Hurricane Harvey delivered in 2017. Such events highlight whether a long-established gabion installation has withstood the test of time. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Robert Taylor

| For years, water and wastewater production and treatment were viewed as separate functions with energy regarded as a byproduct, notes Robert Taylor. Now, the water-energy nexus has become a more serious consideration, he says, with energy costs second to those of human resources in wastewater treatment and water production. Taylor has devoted the last 17 ... READ MORE

Current Trends in Water Tank Maintenance

| With an eye to maintaining water quality in its potable water tanks, Huntsville Utilities in Alabama keeps all of its in-service tanks on a maintenance program that includes annual inspections. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Nick Trujillo

| As with anywhere else in the US, water is a precious source of life, recreation, and commerce in Denver, CO. Still, there are people who either purposely or accidentally engage in actions that compromise its quality. That’s where Nick Trujillo, stormwater quality investigator, comes in. ... READ MORE

Filtration Systems

| In recent years, the focus on stormwater mitigation in Surfside Beach, SC, has been on water quality, notes John Adair, public works director. “The topography along the coast is very flat, so getting the water to go toward the ocean is always a challenge because you might only have very slight variations from block to ... READ MORE

Intelligent Compaction Software Solutions

| Minimizing void content is a primary goal in asphalt compaction. For many in the industry, the tool to do so is not only the machine in which they are sitting but the computer screen in the cab, combining the intelligence and skills of the operator with “intelligent” software. ... READ MORE

Improvements Stormwater Modeling Software

| As stormwater modeling software improves, stormwater professionals are discovering the ability to obtain more accurate information for typical projects as well as an increasing number of ways in which it can be used. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Jason Catalano

| Over the 28 years since Bernie and Diane Catalano started Catalano Construction in Rhode Island, it has thrived despite numerous challenges. Bernie Catalano started his own business after working for another site work contractor, running the company out of his home. “They soon moved up to the space we’re in now, gradually doing more site work and increasing the company’s size,” says son Jason Catalano, adding that it hit its largest size in 2008 before the recession, forcing a downsize. Four years ago, Bernie Catalano’s unexpected death led to Jason Catalano running the company without a succession plan but with the full support of office and field staff. Two of Bernie Catalano’s original employees remain on staff, including a superintendent whose advice Catalano seeks on company operations. ... READ MORE

The Software Side of Compaction

| Minimizing void content is a primary goal in asphalt compaction. For many in the industry, the tool to do so is not only the machine in which they are sitting but the computer screen in the cab, combining the intelligence and skills of the operator with “intelligent” software. ... READ MORE

Techniques for Successful Sediment Control

| Siltation in water containment structures is problematic, resulting in the loss of space in tanks and other structures such as reservoirs, ponds, and catch basins. It also increases the cost of treating drinking water, with high loads interfering with coagulation, filtration, and disinfection. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Ashley Northcotte

| Successful solid waste management operations partially depend on someone within that organization to inform and educate the public in a manner yielding positive impacts. Case in point: Ashley Northcotte, the engagement and education coordinator for waste management in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. The entity’s 12 municipalities service 190,000 households and industrial and commercial properties. The Niagara Region claimed three SWANA 2017 awards, including Gold Landfill Redevelopment Excellence for its landfill end-use site development. Community outreach and engagement efforts across multiple media platforms played a significant role in the region’s site restoration efforts to create wooded grassland ecosystems including hiking trails, off-leash dog areas, and viewing areas out of closed landfills. ... READ MORE

The Tools and the Talent

| With severe weather events increasing solid waste amounts at landfills as well as increases in typical waste streams, achieving greater air space and attaining more efficiencies has become more critical. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Deborah Degillio

| Deborah Degillio is president of American Water Enterprises, the market-based products and services division of American Water. She also is a mother of two boys, ages 7 and 9. “They tell me, ‘The water we drink in our house is from you,’” she says. Degillio is not only pleased that her sons appreciate what she does for a living, but is also pleased to be part of the multi-pronged effort it takes to transmit water to customers throughout the US via the nation’s largest publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. ... READ MORE

Smart Strategy

| From large municipal water utilities to those serving rural areas, smart meters are helping managers strategize using the data the meters produce. ... READ MORE

When and Where Concrete Should Be Used

| When it comes to paving, “there is a place for asphalt and a place for concrete,” notes Bill Davenport, vice president of communications for the American Concrete Pavement Association. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: David Truax

| The workplace is often a balancing act between adhering to regulations and enhancing the bottom line. It’s the job of David Truax, CPESC, CPSWQ—a consultant/instructor at HB Next Corporation in Atlanta, GA—to help clients achieve that. The company provides services to construction companies, public and private utilities, and other industries through its five business units: safety, environmental, training, software, and utility. Business unit goals are met through comprehensive consulting, onsite safety and environmental inspections, in-person and online training, and cloud-based software solutions. HB Next provides industry-specific software solutions through Sequence to ensure that clients have control of field-level data designed to eliminate human error, increase accountability, improve compliance, foster safety, and increase the bottom line. The company operates on the concept of BSQS&P: budget, schedule, quality, safety, and people. ... READ MORE

After the Fires, Preparing for Rain

| IN MID-OCTOBER 2017, Jay Selby turned on the TV news to see what he knew to be a “really detrimental” fire. “If you’ve worked in this industry long enough, you know you’re going to be involved,” says Selby, president of Selby’s Soil Erosion Control Co. in Newcastle, CA. “There were a lot of upscale homes there and major watershed impacts.” ... READ MORE

Tailor-Made Erosion Solutions

| Geosynthetics often play a starring role in a variety of applications: drainage, cellular confinement systems, green roofs, pond liners, covers for closed and capped landfills, and reinforcement for retaining walls, among others. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Susanne Torriente

| Images of people wading through flooded Miami Beach, FL, streets have made the city the poster child for sea level rise and climate change effects. The City is actively engaged in a stormwater and flood control program including installing pumps, raising roads, and elevating seawalls. As the City’s chief resiliency officer, Susanne Torriente is aware she holds a municipal job that was unheard of until recently. She’s also vice chairperson of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce resilience committee. “A business chamber talking about resilience and sea level rise wasn’t happening 10 years ago,” she points out. ... READ MORE

Picturing the Flood

| As stormwater modeling software improves, stormwater professionals are discovering the ability to obtain more accurate information for typical projects as well as an increasing number of ways in which it can be used. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Scott Ringlein

| In 2008, Scott Ringlein’s 20-year auto industry career ended abruptly, as it did for many others during the recession’s onset. After, Ringlein worked on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a US Department of Energy technical advisor. His entrepreneurial “aha” moment came when he was introduced to a paradigm shift in energy efficiency project funding. During a 2011 networking function, Ringlein was introduced to an induction lighting company offering a product using 50% less energy and lasting 400% longer than those in use at the time, funded through a then-novel program offering financing for up to 10 years at a fixed rate. It was then that he realized the pairing of long-term funding and savings achieved from the reduced energy and maintenance costs resulted in a cash flow positive position from day one. ... READ MORE

HVAC Efficiency

| Building owners and operators are adopting “smart” and non-traditional HVAC technologies that not only continue to meet occupancy comfort needs, but provide operation and efficiency benefits. They’re also seeking systems that put more control at their fingertips, industry experts say. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Richard Ludt

| California has a zero waste goal by 2030 with a 75% diversion by 2020. In California, construction demolition makes up almost 30% of the landfill. “To get zero waste, they have to take a better look at C&D,” says Richard Ludt. He works for Interior Removal Specialist (IRS Demo) in South Gate, CA, the only interior demolition contractor in the country that runs its own C&D recycling operation (Construction and Demolition Recycling ([CDR]) to satisfy LEED and green building requirements. The operation—which has 250 employees and a 14-acre permitted recycling facility—received SWANA’s bronze honor in the 2016 special wastes management category. “Our corporate mentality is, we look out for the best interests of the building and to that end, we became certified e-waste collectors and certified appliance recyclers,” says Ludt. Some of the materials IRS Demo recovers in its operations are sent to Waste-to-Energy facilities. ... READ MORE

Prevent Defense

| Perhaps no heavy-duty truck takes a beating in the line of service as much as a solid waste vehicle. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Ryan Lanser

| Awork site accident changed the trajectory of Ryan Lanser’s career in the construction industry. “I was paving a project in traffic one day, got hit by a dump truck, and thrown into oncoming traffic,” he says. Returning to work for light duty following a few months of recovery, Lanser was directed by the company’s senior estimator to work out of a small trailer on a digitizer board doing takeoff on a program called Agtek Site 98. Lanser spent years perfecting the takeoff process, eventually learning how to build surveying models. ... READ MORE

Tabula Rasa

| Grading and excavating contractors that do site clearing are discovering equipment with the muscle to attack the most challenging jobs with speed, efficiency, and safety. ... READ MORE

Staying Power

| When it comes to paving, “there is a place for asphalt and a place for concrete,” notes Bill Davenport, vice president of communications for the American Concrete Pavement Association. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Pamela Berstler

| Every individually owned property parcel is a miniature watershed, points out Pamela Berstler, CEO of the Green Gardens Group (G3) in Los Angeles. “You can manage it to retain at least first flush onsite to build the carbon in the soil to reduce the amount of water and other inputs into that system,” she says. That concept is an eye-opener for those who have never contemplated the importance of rain on their roof or the billions of microbes in soil, but upon education, there is a high adoption rate of the watershed approach to landscaping, says Berstler. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Robert Berninger

| Ask Robert Berninger, director of plant operations, energy, and engineering for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City, what factor underscores a successful operation, and he will tell you: staff engagement. Nine of his staff have trained for their Certifi ed Energy Manager (CEM), 60 have completed the Building Operator Certifi cate Level-I, 40 have completed BOC Level-II, and 20 have attended the Building Re-Tuning classes from CUNY Building Performance Lab. ... READ MORE

The Evolution of Enclosures

| Contemporary enclosures are not only serving to help businesses meet today’s noise regulations, but also to provide optimal insulation, equipment protection, vibrational dampening, and protection in extreme environments. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Nathan Holloway

| Stormwater mitigation approaches are a complex web of solutions. Nathan Holloway’s job is to help clients sort them out while balancing budgets and regulatory concerns. Holloway has developed training and outreach programs demonstrating which technologies perform best in different applications, “and appropriate means and methods for evaluating design, performance, and operational practices across multiple cost scenarios so that engineers, consultants, regulators, contractors, and project owners can make informed decisions about their stormwater treatment objectives and risks,” he says. ... READ MORE

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

| Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have been increasing in intensity for years. If the NFIP is not reauthorized by elected federal officials by the September 30 deadline—something still undetermined as we go to press with this article—existing flood insurance policies will remain intact, but new ones cannot be issued, disrupting home sales in high-risk flood-prone areas nationwide where the insurance is mandatory for properties purchased with federally backed mortgages. The National Association of Realtors estimates that past lapses of the NFIP have delayed or canceled as many as 1,400 real estate transactions a day. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Brett Mathiowetz

| Two driving factors have fueled the success of Mathiowetz Construction, a family operation in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota for 93 years: the old-fashioned value of treating employees like family, paired with investments in the latest technology. Brett Mathiowetz, representing the company’s fourth generation of ownership, says his family’s company wouldn’t have lasted to this point “without a lot of great partners—whether it’s on the equipment side or contractors who work with us regularly—but especially the family of the people who work with us: the family of the owners, the wives who support the guys who work for us, or the guys who support the wives who work for us.” ... READ MORE

One With Everything

| Compared to just a few years ago, contractors are becoming more comfortable with using telematics and fleet management systems, notes Brad Stemper, solutions marketing manager with CASE Construction Equipment. ... READ MORE

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