Tag: water quality management

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

Temporary and Permanent Stormwater Filtration

Temporary and Permanent Stormwater Filtration

“In California, in the Bay area, treatment is everything,” says Kelly Rogers, general superintendent of offsite development for Robson Homes. “We’re a company building single-family homes within the city limits of very large cities in the Bay area.” The firm’s projects are often referred to as infill development. In many

Clearing the Way

Clearing the Way

“In California, in the Bay area, treatment is everything,” says Kelly Rogers, general superintendent of offsite development for Robson Homes. “We’re a company building single-family homes within the city limits of very large cities in the Bay area.” The firm’s projects are often referred to as infill development. In many

Reader Profile: Robert Patterson

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

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces is causing devastating effects on the landscape of our developing watersheds. We are disrupting the natural hydrological cycle that supports our potable water supplies and natural fauna. Intentional stormwater infiltration can restore that cycle. However, the lack of awareness and the perceived lack of data

Meters, Metrics, and People Power

Meters, Metrics, and People Power

A long row of gently aging tin cabins lines the wooded shore of Douglas Lake in Munro Township on the northern tip of Michigan. First built in 1908, the cabins, rustic and durable on the exterior, undergo interior makeovers on a regular basis to keep pace with the ever-changing tastes

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

A few weeks ago in this space, I mentioned the algae blooms plaguing Florida this year, largely the result of nutrient-rich water being released from Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately, it’s not just Florida that’s experiencing the problem—there’s plenty to go around.

A recently published study in Science shows that excess nutrients

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

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

Stream Buffers

Stream Buffers

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

Constructed Wetlands to Reduce Nutrients From Runoff in Croplands

Constructed Wetlands to Reduce Nutrients From Runoff in Croplands

Wetlands have been shown to be an ­efficient way to remove nutrients and pesticides from cropland runoff. ­Appropriately positioned and sized wetlands can remove significant amounts of nutrients from agricultural runoff while restoring natural habitat and reducing flooding. Engineered treatment wetlands thus consist of a nature-based solution combined with an

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