March 17, 2015 12:12
If you’ve ever lived where the weather gets snowy, or there are frequent, intense rainstorms, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the “mud room.” It’s the place where you shed your snow and rain boots and other gear to keep from tracking muck into the rest of the house....
March 17, 2015 12:12
Keeping up with stormwater runoff can be a full-time job—and for many of us it is! Stormwater management is especially challenging for contractors who work in longestablished cities. Many of these older communities do not have the proper drainage systems in place to handle any flex in overflow volume....
March 17, 2015 12:12
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, “stormwater” was just rain water. It fell from the sky every now and then—sometimes less, sometimes more. It was just something you lived with. People have been channeling it, collecting it and sheltering against it for thousands of years, but they didn’t call this “stormwater management” until recently....
Jan. 15, 2015 12:07
Defensive hardware has changed a lot over the centuries. From the medieval knight’s swords and lances, to today’s drones and night-vision goggles, as technology continues to evolve, so does weaponry....
Jan. 15, 2015 12:07
It all starts with a seed. Before most plants can rise up out of the ground to seek the sunlight, a tiny capsule containing its DNA must be planted first....
Jan. 15, 2015 12:07
If you were walking along a certain part of North Carolina’s Neuse River this past October, you might have noticed a most unpleasant odor. The stench would have come from the approximately 200,000 dead fish laying on its shores—Atlantic menhaden, to be precise....
Dec. 1, 2014 02:47
Old, cheesy monster movies can teach us a lot about the work we do. Don’t disturb the soil, as the story goes, or you’ll unearth a monster. Of course, no one ever listens and, like clockwork, someone goes digging where they shouldn’t and out comes an indominable beast....
Dec. 1, 2014 02:47
When we picture hydroseeding in our mind’s eye, we automatically think about someone out there with a pumper on a sunny spring day, or a balmy fall one. We don’t usually picture someone bundled up in a thick parka, a wool hat and gloves, spraying ground that’s rock-hard and cold as ice, or buried under drifts of white snow....
Sept. 15, 2014 06:31
There’s something majestic about a river. Volumes of lore, literature and lyrics have been inspired by the ripple and flow of mighty rivers and scenic woodland streams. Entire civilizations have grown up around these lifegiving waterways . . . the Nile, the Ganges, the Mississippi....
Sept. 15, 2014 06:31
Listening to expectant parents talk about potential baby names is enough to make your head spin. How about William? What do you think of Jane? But there’s a reason they torture themselves, and anyone else within earshot, over that one little decision: no matter what that baby does, good or bad, its name is the thing that will be remembered....

In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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