From the Publisher
It’s no secret that the markets we serve
are undergoing a paradigm shift. We keep talking about how we, too, have to change. We have to fine-tune our methods of doing business, just like the markets we serve.
Priorities are changing. Areas that weren’t that important a few years ago are now becoming priorities. Controlling stormwater runoff is one that has taken a front-row position. Maybe it’s the strong arm of the EPA, but whatever it is, it will make us more aware of being eco-green sustainable and environmentally compliant.
In the area of public works—and especially in agriculture—the markets are sizzling. But being green is the buzzword. Large cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, are more aware of stormwater contamination, and how it affects our waterways. They are beginning to utilize permeable pavers, rain barrels, tree trenches, and other water-saving technology.
Recently, the EPA and the City of Philadelphia signed an agreement that will result in a $400,000 investment in Philadelphia’s Green City Clean Waters program. This is in addition to a commitment of a $1.2 billion investment for a green infrastructure over a period of 25 years. The Green City Clean Waters program requires that green infrastructure be capable of keeping a minimum of one inch of rainwater out of the stormwater system in a 24-hour period.
I believe that you will see more of these projects in the near future. Needless to say, it will also be good for our business as well. Opportunities continue to abound. Those who take advantage by thinking outside the box, by keeping our eyes and ears open, and by being creative, will gain the upper hand.