Feb. 1, 2017 10:00
BY MELISSA HIGGINS Photos courtesy: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. If you’re taking on a project that’s guaranteed to move around a lot of dirt, then one permit you’ll need to apply for is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit....
March 16, 2016 12:37
For many contractors, geosynthetics are so integral to their work, that they can’t imagine how they could live without them. These geowebs, meshes, cells and textiles are the fabrics of their lives, and it seems like there’s more of them every day. Rather than sorting them by type, it may be easier to consider geosynthetics by their applications....
July 19, 2010 05:16
UP UNTIL A FEW DECADES AGO, protecting our waterways from contaminates wasn’t a big deal. Rain fell from the sky and was naturally absorbed into the soil, and wild or native plants held back erosion....
Jan. 15, 2015 12:07
A homeowner in Clinton, Iowa, has filed a civil lawsuit against the city, demanding a trial by jury. The petition alleges that a stormwater drainage and detention system has altered the natural flow of water. They claim that an excessive amount of water is being diverted onto their property, causing multiple damages....
May 15, 2015 06:08
It was one of those nights where I just couldn’t sleep, so my mind began to wander. This night, I happened to think of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Where did it come from and how did it get to be so powerful? The next day, I began to do a little research....
March 19, 2012 04:23
Chesapeake Appalachia, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, got slapped with $560,000 in civil penalties and compensatory costs for damage caused by erosion and sediment control violations, wetland encroachment and an April 2011 well control incident. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the fines....
July 15, 2013 03:59
No one wants to drink, cook, swim or bathe in the toxins that drip from vehicles onto streets and then wash into the gutters; the same goes for silt and sediment. Yet these pollutants eventually flow into our streams and rivers. Silt clogs the gills of fish and nutrients flowing into waterways cause things to grow, taking up all the oxygen....
Nov. 18, 2013 03:43
Arizona’s Granite Mountain Recreation Area, closed in June by the “Doce” fire, has recently been reopened to the public. The recreation area, near Prescott, includes the Granite Mountain Wilderness, Granite Basin Lake and trails in the vicinity. A section of hiking trails remains closed at this time....
May 19, 2014 11:41
If dirt would just stay put, there’d be no problem. But, as we all know, dirt doesn’t stay put. Once disturbed, the earth’s topsoil tends to wander off and get lost someplace. Wind blows it away, feet and vehicles track it out, and stormwater washes it away....

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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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