May 16, 2017 09:49
There are some people who keep using one method to solve every problem they face, because it’s what they know, what they feel comfortable with. There are a couple of sayings that come to mind. We tell them to ‘Think outside the box,’ or that, ‘When all you have is a hammer, all you see are nails....
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....
Nov. 18, 2016 04:15
There were mainly rattlesnakes and a few others, some harmless, some not. “The guy I was working with spots a rattler that’s stuck on a dock going out to a retention pond. He yells, ‘I have to go get that one!’ and runs over and chops the snake’s head off....
March 15, 2016 12:37
Since November, it seems that everyone has been waiting for El Niño to arrive. We’re still waiting. A few weeks ago, the waves in Hawaii rose to 50 feet. They said that was El Niño. By mid-December, Oregon experienced a rain event that dumped three inches of rain in one day....
Sept. 17, 2015 10:20
“Space…the final frontier.” Those words, of course, are the familiar opening line of every classic “Star Trek” episode. There, Captain Kirk is referring to the infinite vastness of the galaxy, which was his to roam and explore. In the stormwater game, however, you can’t always count on having big, roomy areas in which to work, especially in highly developed urban settings....
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....
March 17, 2015 12:12
Sitting here in California, with the temperatures running above normal, I was looking at the news on the TV last night when I heard and saw pictures of the snowy winter weather in Boston and New England; and now they’re expecting another foot of snow this weekend....
Sept. 19, 2011 04:42
As I read through all the various articles that cross my computer, it’s just dawned on me…where is all the work? Not a day goes by when I don’t see something about this company being fined for a soil erosion violation, or that municipality fined for stormwater contamination....
March 19, 2012 04:23
I believe that there will be some excellent opportunities for the contractor, as well as the manufacturer and the distributor of these eco-green products. Sales of native plant material and drought-tolerant seed for turf—as well as shrubs—are heading upward; so are organic materials....
July 16, 2012 04:11
There may be cattails along the shorelines, a jogging path around the banks, little kids tossing dried bread to ducks happily bobbing on the water, and the expanding concentric rings of rising largemouth bass that bring a smile to the mouth of any dedicated fisherman....

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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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