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

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

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

Energy Text Ad

| Many communities are considering, researching, or implementing microgrid solutions. The underlying rationale often involves complex business, operational, and economic issues. See our FREE Special Report: Understanding Microgrids. Download it now! ... 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

Advertiser’s Index

|   AbTech Industries American Peat Technology LLC AP/M Permaform Best Management Products Bio Clean/Forterra CleanWay Environmental Partners Contech Engineered Solutions Crumpler Plastic Pipe Inc. das Manufacturing ENPAC LLC Ernst Conservation Seeds ESCSI Federal Signal (Elgin/Vactor) Filtrexx International LLC Innovyze/XP Solutions ... READ MORE


| BIO CLEAN The Modular Wetlands System Linear is Bio Clean’s flagship biofiltration product and represents a pioneering breakthrough in stormwater treatment. The MWS Linear continues to outperform other treatment methods with superior pollutant removal for TSS, heavy metals, nutrients, hydrocarbons, and bacteria. With its advanced pretreatment chamber and innovative horizontal flow biofilter, the MWS Linear ... READ MORE

Summary of ASCE Stormwater Manufactured Treatment Devices Certification Guidelines

| With the advent of EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and subsequent total maximum daily load (TMDL) permits, many local, state, and industrial entities are obligated to treat stormwater runoff before discharging to receiving waters. Common treatment methods such as retention ponds, detention ponds, and wetlands can achieve economies of scale where land is available for large best management practices (BMPs). ... READ MORE

Sweeping Their Way to Clean Water

| In 2013, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) in Idaho received a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I permit. The shared permit authorizes stormwater discharge for the cities of Boise and Garden City. ... READ MORE

Restoring Euclid Beach

| By the end of the 19th century, Americans were enjoying the benefits of shorter work hours and new technologies. The cultural overhaul included the popularity of outdoor exercise and fresh air, and that sparked the advent of amusement parks, beach bathing, and other outdoor entertainments. Typically situated on lake or ocean shores, with access by special trolley trains, these warm-weather attractions brought crowds away from the urban heat for bathing, refreshments, and eventually amusement rides such as carousels and roller coasters. ... READ MORE

Managing Trash and Contaminants With Screens and Storage

| Every year, Heal the Bay, a nonprofit advocating for coastal water quality in the Los Angeles region, lists all the beaches in Los Angeles County and grades them based on visual experiences, the quality of the water, the quality of the beach, and its cleanliness. Each year the annual report lists some of those beaches on its Beach Bummer List—a compendium of the dirtiest, least desirable, and most inhospitable attractions on the Los Angeles coastline. For several years, the beach surrounding Santa Monica Pier, a recreational attraction that hosts over 6 million visitors every year, has had the dubious distinction of holding a prominent position on that list. “Many factors contribute to that,” says Selim Eren, an engineer with the city of Santa Monica. “Having restaurants on the pier and having an open timber structure and a dark and moist environment under the pier doesn’t help, overall, the situation there.” ... READ MORE

Managing Trash and Contaminants With Screens and Storage

| Every year, Heal the Bay, a nonprofit advocating for coastal water quality in the Los Angeles region, lists all the beaches in Los Angeles County and grades them based on visual experiences, the quality of the water, the quality of the beach, and its cleanliness. Each year the annual report lists some of those beaches on its Beach Bummer List—a compendium of the dirtiest, least desirable, and most inhospitable attractions on the Los Angeles coastline. For several years, the beach surrounding Santa Monica Pier, a recreational attraction that hosts over 6 million visitors every year, has had the dubious distinction of holding a prominent position on that list. “Many factors contribute to that,” says Selim Eren, an engineer with the city of Santa Monica. “Having restaurants on the pier and having an open timber structure and a dark and moist environment under the pier doesn’t help, overall, the situation there.” ... READ MORE

Pennies From Heaven

| Residents of Toledo, OH, have always seen water as a very important asset, says Patekka Bannister, commissioner of plant operations and chief of water resources for the Toledo Department of Public Utilities. There is water everywhere you look in Toledo, she says. “In terms of trade, a lot of the economy is based on water. When you go downtown you see the river running through, drive a little bit further you see Lake Erie. In your backyard there is some kind of a ditch or a creek, so we have that connection.” As part a downstream community on the Maumee River in the Great Lakes Watershed, residents see the value of water. ... READ MORE

Mowing for Water Quality

| Mowers are, literally and figuratively, the cutting edge for managing vegetation. And with new technologies and designs, they offer solutions that are also cost-effective. ... READ MORE

Making Every Drop Count

| The most dramatic and identifying characteristic of water is that it is always moving. Even so-called standing water is never completely static; it’s either being drawn by gravity to seep down into the earth or being agitated by warmth at the surface to rise into the air as a vapor. Water finds its way into every space available and into plants and animals, which help it move about across the land, sea, and into the air. It finds its way into the full gamut of human activities as well, sluicing off in various directions, carrying a complement of whatever impurities or enhancements might have been imparted by the people who used it. The complex cycle circulates from the clouds to the sea and back again in a never-ending circle. Along the way, various obstacles, impediments, and conveyances influence its movement and each, in its own way, can have a considerable effect on water quality. Understanding the dynamics of water as it moves across surfaces impacted by commerce, industry, and habitation becomes a powerful and necessary step in managing these effects. ... READ MORE

Controlling Flooding in the Desert

| The most common image of Las Vegas is probably that of its Strip of hotels and casinos. They are the reason the city is known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” ... READ MORE

Asset Management

| Asset management (AM) is a popular management strategy for maintaining the level of service for water and wastewater systems. These systems have clearly defined services and objectives and have been tested and regulated for much longer than stormwater systems. Compared to wastewater, stormwater less frequently receives direct treatment to remove pollutants, making it challenging to meet numeric effluent limitations. The main obligation of most stormwater systems was once to collect rainfall runoff for reduction of flooding. Stormwater is typically not treated. However, with the increasing water-quality regulations, more obligations are being introduced for stormwater systems, including total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). ... READ MORE

Evaluating Urban Air Deposition on an Industrial Facility in Seattle

| To better understand the contribution of metals in urban air deposition into stormwater, a study was conducted at Terminal 18, a 200-acre container terminal located on Harbor Island in Seattle, WA. Although the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP) does not make allowances in consideration of contribution from air deposition ... READ MORE

Protecting Coastal Waters

| San Diego, CA, is a city with scenic coastlines along the Pacific Ocean, a world-class zoo, a long association with the US Navy, a growing population and economy, and a lively tourism industry. Managing stormwater in this beautiful city involves dealing with a myriad of challenges. ... READ MORE

Protecting Puget Sound

| A common purpose runs through many, likely most, stormwater projects in the greater Seattle area and other western Washington cities, certainly in the projects profiled in this story. ... READ MORE