May 13, 2013 04:01

From the Publisher

At the beginning of the year, people appeared to be optimistic and upbeat about the business climate. In the parts of the country where spring has already arrived, business seems to be up from last year. Unfortunately, for those in the Midwest, the Northeast, and some parts of the South, spring is late in coming; however, once the weather breaks, I believe business will pick up.

When spring does arrive, you will see greater momentum in stormwater management. When it comes to the subject of stormwater, we have yet to scratch the surface. Developing residential stormwater management plans and installing best management practices are gaining a lot of traction.

If you’ve noticed, especially over this past year, the EPA is pursuing cities, states, and municipalities for stormwater violations more vigorously than ever before. They have been threatening heavy fines and are beginning to enforce them. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t receive notification of another fine imposed somewhere. I guess this is what it’s going to take to get people to comply and begin to institute stormwater best management practices.

More importantly, many cities and municipalities are spending hundreds of millions of dollars replacing sewer systems, installing stormwater treatment facilities, monitoring programs, etc. In the meantime, many cities are now implementing studies to monitor and evaluate stormwater behavior.

It’s important to contain contaminants that pollute our lakes, streams and rivers, but it can also provide business for those contractors who pursue this space. Retention ponds, sediment tubes, wattles and TRMs will all play an important role in our efforts to eliminate pollution.

This is where our industry comes into play. This is our sandbox; our P.E.s, DOTs and contractors know how to do it and do it right.

What a win-win situation.

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