May 16, 2017 09:49
It was February when the problems started. Just north of Sacramento, nestled among outdoor recreation areas, the Oroville Dam started falling apart. The world’s tallest dam’s main spillway partially collapsed; dam managers started using an emergency spillway that sent water down a bare hillside, which quickly eroded....
March 15, 2017 03:22
In the first song of the broadway smash-hit Hamilton, James Madison describes how a young Alexander Hamilton realizes that opportunity lies just beyond his grasp. “Our man sees his future, drip, dripping down the drain,” says Madison....
March 21, 2011 04:57
As summarized by the EPA, “This rule requires construction site owners and operators to implement a range of erosion and sediment control measures and pollution prevention practices to control pollutants and discharges from construction sites....
Nov. 21, 2011 04:38
Bruce Ritchie applied for a permit that would allow him to construct and operate stormwater treatment facilities during the construction of the Blue Heron Pointe housing subdivision in Seaside, Oregon. An April 2011 inspection revealed that he had failed to implement many of the controls required by the permit....
May 16, 2011 04:52
“When installed improperly, it is often seen just blowing in the wind, or sagging and broken down. Some specifiers won’t utilize silt fence on their sites because too often it is installed improperly, and not maintained. An ineffective silt fence is a waste of money....
May 16, 2011 04:52
From the moment your building permit is issued, you’ll be hit with many construction site regulations—from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to state and local levels. Perhaps the most stringent of these are the measures that you’ll have to take to control dust....
May 16, 2011 04:52
PRIOR TO STARTING CONSTRUCTION, A general contractor posts that he is accepting bids for an erosion control project. You visit the site to get a feel for the project, measure the property and take pictures so you can work up the costs. While visiting the site, you notice that it is situated close to a stream....
July 18, 2011 04:48
The Howard City Council approved a fee of $80 per acre of disturbance, capped at $1,700. However, HSCD had been charging developers $290 per acre and has not enforced the cap, which has angered developers....

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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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