This Is No Laughing Matter

| One of my favorite cable TV stations is Comedy Central. Among the shows that I watch is “The Jim Jeffries Show.” I had it on the other day, but I wasn’t really watching because it was the time of day when everyone in my family is getting home from school or just finishing the work ... READ MORE

A Pivotal Technology

| It’s fascinating to consider inventions that have shaped 20th-century American culture, such as the electric light bulb, the automobile, and the personal computer. Irrigation technology has also shifted our cultural landscape—specifically center pivot irrigation—by nourishing vast fields of circular crops across the American Midwest. Records show that in the early 1900s midwestern farmers began pumping ... READ MORE

Book Your Trip Soon

| If you’ve been thinking about a sightseeing trip to the Mediterranean, you might want to go sooner rather than later, according to a recent study, which says that many of the cultural treasures along the coast will eventually be partly underwater or eroded away. The paper just published in the journal Nature Communications surveyed 49 ... READ MORE

Fantasy League

| We’re not even halfway through the NFL season and I’m already growing weary of my friends who are immersed in their fantasy football leagues. I really don’t want to hear about who your quarterback is and how many points he earned for you in the last game or how if only your defense hadn’t picked ... READ MORE

Staying Afloat

| Several events have converged in the last couple of months to make people consider more urgently than before our relationship to the environment. These include Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as the latest report from climate scientists, warning that we have until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas pollution if we’re going limit the increase ... READ MORE

The Electrification of Transportation

| What do you get when you put microgrid developers, policy experts, and electrical engineers in a room together? An exhilarating experience. This year’s HOMER International Microgrid Conference brought together energy experts from 17 different countries to exchange case studies, share technical presentations, and to map out the future path of microgrid development. One particularly insightful ... READ MORE

Builtrite Holdings, LLC Announces its Investment in Lemco Hydraulics

| Builtrite Holdings, LLC announced the company acquired Lemco Hydraulics (Lemco) on October 12, 2018. Lemco, founded in 1967 by Dean Christensen has continuously served its long-term and valued customer base for 51 years. Dean’s son, Bruce Christensen, assumed ownership of the company in 1982, and will continue to serve as Lemco’s President. Lemco, located in ... READ MORE

New John Deere Mulching Head Shreds Wood in Minutes

| Moline, Ill. (Oct. 18, 2018) — John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro™ lineup. Designed to remove 8-inch (203-mm) trees and 12-inch (305-mm) stumps with ease, the MH60D model shreds underbrush and woody materials into beneficial mulch in minutes. Like all Worksite ... READ MORE

Induron Adds Tom Wunderlin to Sales Team

| Induron Protective Coatings, an industrial pioneer of ceramic epoxy coatings for high performance systems and potable water immersion, announced today that Tom Wunderlin has joined the company as Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic region. Wunderlin will manage the service and sales team in the Maryland and Virginia markets. “We are excited to bring Tom on ... READ MORE

Stertil-Koni Research Reveals 10 Top Tips to Raise Vehicle Lift Safety Ahead of Upcoming Winter Season

| STEVENSVILLE, MD October 18, 2018 – Following an in-depth review of bus and truck maintenance facilities across North America, combined with heightened service demands resulting from the increased severity of weather events over the past decade, heavy duty (HD) vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni recommends 10 top tips to improve safety for the busy technicians working ... READ MORE

Innovyze Welcomes Tech Leader as Chief Revenue Officer

| Portland, Oregon, U.S.A – On October 1, 2018, Walter Palhetas joined the Innovyze leadership team as Chief Revenue Officer. With over 25 years of experience, Palhetas brings extensive knowledge in leading global sales organizations in the technology space. Prior to joining Innovyze, Palhetas was CRO at EON Reality Inc, leading global sales of the company’s ... READ MORE

Komatsu Equipment Company announces plans to build state-of-the-art, $47 million customer support and service center in Elko, NV

| Salt Lake City, Utah., — October 17, 2018 – Komatsu Equipment Company (KEC), flagship dealership for Komatsu America Corp. (KAC), a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced plans to build a 189,000 ft2 (57,600 m2) state-of-the-art Service Center on roughly 30 acres in Elko, Nevada. “The new building offers an exciting opportunity to bring ... READ MORE

Topcon announces added value for the Intel Falcon 8+ Drone – Topcon Edition

| LIVERMORE, Calif., U.S./ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, the Netherlands – October 16, 2018 – Topcon Positioning Group announces the Intel Perpetual License Inspection-Surveying provision for the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ Drone – Topcon® Edition will now be included with the system. “Professional operators will no longer need to purchase the license separate from the drone, which will result ... READ MORE

Ridewell Suspensions

| Springfield, MO – Ridewell Suspensions has revised and expanded the 233-20K truck and trailer product lines to better serve customer needs.  The truck and trailer product lines have expanded availability for galvanized components.  The trailer drum brake models have a new cross-channel and hanger design. The 233-20K truck suspension family now has expanded options for ... READ MORE


| Software innovation achieves even higher levels of accuracy, complementing X-ray-based density-detection with the prioritization of single object processing and area processing TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduces a new-generation of X-TRACT machine with advanced sorting technology that allows a broader range of market segments to take advantage of its ability to boost purity levels. Today’s XTRACT features ... READ MORE

Topcon introduces new versatile addition to HiPer integrated receiver series

| LIVERMORE, Calif., U.S./ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, the Netherlands – October 16, 2018 – Topcon Positioning Group announces the latest addition to its HiPer series of integrated receivers — the HiPer VR is designed to provide a versatile solution with the most advanced GNSS technology available. “The HiPer VR is packed with the most powerful GNSS ... READ MORE

Toter’s I Can Cart Art Competition Promoted Sustainability at Breakaway Music Festival

| CHARLOTTE, N.C. [October 16, 2018] – Leading North American manufacturer of curbside refuse and recycling carts, Toter, hosted the I Can Cart Art Competition this weekend, which brought artists together to paint 96-gallon Toter carts with themes of recycling, sustainability, and the Breakaway Music Festival. The competition also challenged participants to create “I Can” pledges ... READ MORE

International E-Waste Day hailed a success!

| The first International E-Waste Day held on the 13th October to promote the proper management of electrical and electronic equipment has been hailed a ‘tremendous success’ by its organisers. The WEEE Forum, an international association of e-waste collection schemes, said that the occasion was celebrated in 30 different countries worldwide with around 50 organisations being ... READ MORE


| Machine connectivity can provide you with data that helps your operations run smoothly. Find out how you can make this data work for you in this short 60 second explainer video from Volvo CE. ... READ MORE

FINN Launches New FINNsider Campaign

| Fairfield, Ohio (October 15, 2018) – FINN, a leading provider of erosion control equipment, announced today the launch of a new campaign across various media inviting end-users within the industry to opt-in to be a FINNsider. This new campaign will be launched just prior to the GIE+EXPO, October 17-19, 2018. The campaign will consist of ... READ MORE

New identity for Cat® products reflects the brand’s premium quality

| Cat® machines, engines, generator sets and work tools will soon have a new look. Caterpillar is replacing the current “Power Edge” trade dress (Cat trademark on a black background accented with a diagonal red bar) with a fresh new graphic design called “Cat Modern Hex.” The Cat Modern Hex design combines the traditional Cat trademark ... READ MORE


| NEWTON, NH – Industry professionals from around the world gathered in Newton, New Hampshire on the week of October 1st for the 2018 CBI and Ecotec Factory Forum. CBI’s expanded on-site demo arena included live demos of twelve machines from the CBI and Ecotec product lines, including the all-new 6800CT Horizontal Grinder and Phoenix 1600 ... READ MORE

Jacobs Focuses on Resilient Future with Sustainable Solutions Across Water Cycle

| New white paper and formal giving partnership with Water For People add to company’s efforts to quench the global water crisis in honor of Imagine a Day Without Water As part of an annual giving campaign, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) is raising donations for nonprofit organization Water For People, expanding the company’s commitment to ... READ MORE

Topcon announces release of next generation all-in-one mass data processing software

| LIVERMORE, Calif., U.S./ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, the Netherlands – October 11, 2018 – Topcon Positioning Group announces the next generation of its single-environment software for processing, combining, visualizing, and performing analysis of point cloud datasets — MAGNET Collage version 2. Newly added features specifically enhance horizontal construction workflows. “MAGNET Collage has a strong foundation with its ... READ MORE

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Legal vs. Safe Water

| Water is a classic carrier of disease. A variety of bacteria, parasites, and viruses known as pathogens can potentially cause health problems if ingested by humans. In my experience, the healthfulness (hence legality) of water is based on certain presumptions and assumptions. When a sample of water measures up to a series of statutory limits ... READ MORE

A New Recycling Learning Curve

| A handful of friends and I usually get together for a weekly Trivia Night at our local watering hole. At our most recent cerebral competition, as we were placing our drink orders, one of our teammates asked for a glass of water without a straw. Immediately, multiple conversations broke out about the banning of plastic ... READ MORE

New Volvo wheeled excavators available through Sourcewell and HGACBuy procurement programs

| Volvo’s EWR150E, EWR170E and EW220E, the latest in Volvo Construction Equipment’s wheeled excavator lineup, can now be bought using purchasing cooperatives Sourcewell and HGAC. Volvo Construction Equipment’s newest wheeled excavators — the EWR150E, EWR170E and EW220E — are now available through Sourcewell and HGACBuy, adding to Volvo’s robust lineup offered through purchasing cooperatives for governments and ... READ MORE


| Fuel, Metal, and Asphalt Costs Increase by Double Digits As Labor Costs Continue to Rise, While Prices Contractors Charge to Build Projects Grow By Low Single Digits The cost of many products used in construction climbed 7.4 percent over the past year due to double digit increases in commonly-used construction materials, according to an analysis ... READ MORE

Doosan Bobcat North America partners with SafeAI to begin advanced autonomous research for compact equipment

| (WEST FARGO, N.D. – October 2018) Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with SafeAI – a startup company located in Silicon Valley – to explore how advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could be incorporated into Bobcat® equipment. Through this pilot program, SafeAI plans to demonstrate how the latest AI technologies, Deep Neural Networks (DNN) and ... READ MORE

Schneider Electric Microgrid to Service Long Beach, California Community by Creating Energy Resilience at Port

| The microgrid will bolster energy resilience through islanding and distributed energy resource (DER) integration Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced an agreement to design, engineer and build a new microgrid that will enable critical energy resilience at the Port of Long Beach in the city ... READ MORE

Water Treatment & Wastewater Treatment Reuse Experts Launch A New Water Treatment Solutions Website to Help Municipal & Industrial Businesses Across the World

| Genesis Water Technologies introduces a new website, more effectively conveying their core solutions and services to clients and partners worldwide. Genesis Water Technologies, a leading specialized water treatment solutions company focused on serving industrial and municipal clients worldwide, announces the launch of its newly redesigned website, The new site clearly illustrates the innovative solutions ... READ MORE

Buried Alive

| Nearly two years ago in the November/December 2016 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor, we published an article called, “Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers.” In that article is the story of Eric Giguere, a man who was buried alive in a trench collapse. “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, ... READ MORE


| A recent news item from San Diego illustrates a couple of things we’ve discussed often in Stormwater magazine. Three employees of a painting company were fined and received other punishments for allowing lead-based paint to flow into a storm drain. As this article reports, the company had been hired to remove paint from curbs. They ... READ MORE


| Despite Above-Average Job Gains and Pay Increases, Industry Survey Finds Contractors Are Struggling to Find Craft Workers; Association Officials Call for Reforms to Immigration, Career and Technical Education Construction employment increased by 23,000 jobs in September and by 315,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate decreased more ... READ MORE

New Goodyear Waste Haul Retread Offers Long Miles to Removal, Enhanced Traction

| Goodyear Endurance WHD is part of Goodyear’s Total Solution for waste haul fleets and the newest addition to Goodyear’s portfolio of waste haul products  AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2018 –  Waste haul fleets that want to optimize their tire investment through retreading have a new option with the Goodyear Endurance WHD. Engineered to provide enhanced traction ... READ MORE

Providing Reliable Power for Syracuse University’s Green Data Center

| Microgrids encompass a wide range of technologies and applications. However, one common thread is the objective to maintain reliable power using multiple power sources. One example of this is an application that Capstone Turbine Corporation developed for a new green data center at Syracuse University in New York State. An objective for the Green Data ... READ MORE

Loftness Introduces Battle Ax™ Mulching Attachment for Skid Steers

| HECTOR, Minn. — Loftness has introduced new models of its Battle AxÔ horizontal drum mulcher designed specifically for skid steers. Featuring a new rotor, tooth design and exclusive two-stage cutting chamber, the heavy-duty Battle Ax is designed for highly efficient vegetation management, including right-of-way maintenance, land clearing, forestry applications and more. The Battle Ax is ... READ MORE

Where Does It All Go?

| Fertilizers. Insecticides. Fungicides. These are some of the many substances—collectively known as agrochemicals—farmers apply to crops to increase production and prevent losses. They’re necessary, if at times potentially overapplied, but there is increasing concern about where they eventually end up and what effect they’re having on groundwater and surface water, especially on potential drinking water ... READ MORE

Be Safe. Work Hard. Have Fun.

| Mike Hammes, the owner of RAM Construction General Contractors, first caught the construction bug at an early age – he was 12 years old and working for his uncle’s company. “I worked for my uncle when I was younger and decided construction was where I wanted to spend my career,” he said. “I started RAM ... READ MORE

Living the American Dream

| At 27, Jordan Zahlene, vice president of Miami-based Zahlene Enterprises, has more certifications and credentials to his name than many of his peers who are twice his age. He became a Certified Building Contractor at 18, a Certified Utility Contractor at 21 and received his General Contractor license at 22. Three years later he obtained his ... READ MORE

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks off October 8

| STEVENSVILLE, MD October 4, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will ... READ MORE

AED Alert: U.S., Canada & Mexico Reach Trade Agreement

| After more than a year of tense negotiations, earlier this week, the United States, Canada and Mexico unveiled an updated trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new accord, which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), must now be signed by all parties (expected before Dec. 1) and ... READ MORE

Solesbee’s Excavator Stump Puller Features Replaceable Wear Tips

| WINSTON, Ga. (Oct. 4, 2018) — Solesbee’s, a premier equipment and attachments manufacturer, offers its excavator Stump Puller for efficient stump removal and land clearing. Solesbee’s manufactures the attachment with high-strength alloy steel and replaceable wear tips for extended service life. The powerful attachment, known as the “Stumper,” fits 15- to 40-ton excavators and can ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: Grains of Sand

| Of all the things you need to do this month, spending some time with one particular article in this issue should be on your list. It’s the summary, on page 40, of ASCE’s new certification guidelines for stormwater BMPs. ... 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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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

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

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: 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

Reader Profile: Leonard Berry

| Some people’s eyes “glaze over” in long-view discussions of climate change and sea level rise impacts, points out Leonard Berry, Ph.D. But talk about its impact on an individual’s property during a 30-year mortgage cycle and people start paying heed, he adds. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Nate Kahn

| While those living in areas affected by hurricanes make preparations, Lieutenant Commander Nathan Kahn—a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps—straps into the commander’s seat of an airborne research platform: the four-engine, turboprop Lockheed WP-3D, equipped with tail Doppler radar. Kahn is one of the “Hurricane Hunters” tasked with gathering data to help the National Hurricane Center make predictions by flying into hurricanes. Other aircraft ­missions study climate, pollution, air chemistry, and winter storms or research the Arctic, severe thunderstorms, ­tornadic supercells, and tropical storms. ... READ MORE