Stormwater in the Mainstream August 2014

Earlier this month the mainstream and citizens of Toledo were introduced to one significant potential harm regarding stormwater runoff – green algae. While the Toledo Mayor said the wake-up call was similar to that of a terrorist attack, a State Senator is leaning on a fertilizer management bill that should take effect at the end of 2017 according to a commenter. Swimming and fishing in the water we pee in is one thing, asking people to drink appears to be quite another.

This month’s Stormwater in the Mainstream brought to you by StormwaterTools.com and Google News is ripe with connections between stormwater and more mainstream water related concerns like drinking water and wastewater.  Enjoy…

Iowa farm groups to support water quality alliance

Iowa City Press Citizen  - ‎Aug 26, 2014‎
McMahon said the alliance can make “meaningful and substantial improvements to water quality in Iowa” and stave off efforts to regulate the state’s nearly 90,000 farmers, many of whom raise corn and soybeans.

New developments in the debate over stormwater

KRDO  
A plan to solve the Pikes Peak Region’s stormwater problem continues to find support and opposition. Colorado Springs City Council approved the regional stormwater plan Tuesday afternoon (8/26/14), but a decision on fees will take just a little longer.

Adams County stormwater fee program under question again

The Denver Post
Written by

Yesenia Robles

Adams County’s treasurer and one of its commissioners are asking for an investigation into the county’s stormwater program, which started last year, after finding that it again may be riddled with errors.

West Lafayette rain tax curbs pollution, storm runoff

Journal and Courier  - ‎Aug 25, 2014‎
Rain, so essential for life, brings with it unwanted problems of standing water where insects breed, erosion that chokes rivers with silt and runoff that carries pollutants to waterways, especially the Wabash River. Solving these problems often costs

Medway Planning Board mulls Tri-Valley’s stormwater proposal

Milford Daily News  
MEDWAY – The Planning and Economic Development Board Tuesday held the second session of a public hearing for Tri-Valley Commons, where the board, applicant and engineers primarily discussed stormwater management. The proposed plans for the …

 

 

City says sensitivity training coming to Stormwater Department

Tampabay.com
 
PETERSBURG – City officials say they are taking multiple steps to address issues in the Stormwater Department in the aftermath of a black city worker’s claim that his white boss spray-painted “KKK” on his back, and a subsequent investigation that

Green Infrastructure An Alternative Solution To Help Fix Sewage Problems

CBS Local  -
The Pittsburgh Park’s Conservancy and its partners are spending $2 million on so-called “green infrastructure” to trap rainwater before it makes its way into the sewer system.

Water quality notification lifted in Atlantic Beach

Jacksonville Daily News  -
MOREHEAD CITY– State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality notification in Atlantic Beach.

Group Talks Future of State’s Water Quality

whotv.com  -
DES MOINES, Iowa – The state’s water quality has a long way to go. At least, that’s what one might have gathered at the Department of Natural Resources’ Triennial Review meeting in downtown Des Moines Wednesday morning.

Etna completes 2 projects to keep storm water out of sewer lines

Tribune-Review  -
Officials celebrated the completion of two projects in the borough’s Green Infrastructure Master Plan that will redirect storm water that normally would flow into combined sewer pipes. The water instead will be directed into the ground. Etna and

Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff

Los Angeles Times  -
California over the last century has issued water rights that amount to roughly five times the state’s average annual runoff, according to new research that underscores a chronic imbalance between supply and demand. That there are more rights than

Peer deans at Xavier in New Orleans assist freshmen, green infrastructure

The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com (blog)  -
Parkway Partners will host Green Keepers, an educational series designed to teach residents about green infrastructure, which includes proper storm water management, the dangers of too much concrete/paved surfaces, and how to use plants and trees in …

Stormwater management plan stuck in stalemate in Unity, Latrobe, Derry

Tribune-Review  -
Officials from Unity, Latrobe and Derry Township continue to be at a stalemate regarding funding for an $8.2 million stormwater management project benefiting all three communities. After months of debate and state mediation, municipal authority board …

El Paso County commissioners OK creation of regional stormwater authority

Colorado Springs Gazette  -
The approval is a huge step in “controlling stormwater,” said Commissioner Amy Lathen, who has played a major role in the regional stormwater task force that first met in August 2012. Dave Munger, co-chairman of the task force, was at Tuesday’s meeting …

Daines should support Clean Water Act

Helena Independent Record  -
Montanans love our water. Our water is the best in the world when it comes to drinking, fishing, floating, swimming and just plain enjoying.

How to protect drinking water from stormwater pollution

WBNG-TV  -
How to protect drinking water from stormwater pollution. By Anna Norris. August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM EDT.

Town improvements will rebuild residential roads and alleys, improve

nwitimes.com  -
“We have looked at implementing storm water improvements within the alleys by installing new storm basins and laying pipe.

 

Priorities

Behind the scenes up front: Following the suggestion of a friend, I am reading the book, Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I was distracted early on with McKeown’s observation of the use of the word, priority. The singular use of the word has been around since the 1400s. The plural form, priorities, didn’t exist until the 1900s. The original word referred to the very first or prior thing. Determining our single priority is, well, essential, according to McKeown.

 

We do often think and talk about our priorities. But rarely do we settle on a single priority as guiding a particular area of our lives. Stormwater is at the top of most of our lists, at least in our professional lives. But it is likely not the priority of our company or organization. And in many cases, it’s not even considered in our company’s long list of priorities. Can that be ok?

Unless your company or organization was established for the sole purpose of managing stormwater (stormwater authority or association, stormwater contractor/designer/inspector, etc.), I believe we should accept that stormwater isn’t a “priority” for most and do our part to support our company’s mission, whatever that may be.

While protecting water quality may not be an essential element of our organization’s purpose, it must be a consideration. How do we as Stormwater professionals make the connection?

It starts with our mission and ends with responsibility. Our organization exists for a reason, to be something or do something that is necessary and/or profitable. As we engage in activities to fulfill our purpose,we introduce the potential to negatively impact the environment. It is this potential (that we caused) that triggers our environmental responsibilities. These come in the form of regulatory requirements and social expectations.

The purpose, the priority, the mission of my particular employer is to provide a transportation system for the movement of people and goods within my state. As we build, maintain, and operate that system, we engage in activities that have the potential to negatively impact the environment (our mission automatically creates a tension between preservation of natural resources and the creation and support of infrastructure resources). What we do is regulated by society. It is regulated in the form of written rules, and by an understood social contract with affected communities and individuals whom we serve.

Both ends of the process must be adequately addressed. If we fail to address our responsibilities, our ability to fulfill our mission is affected. If we fail to address our mission, our purpose for being, our very existence could be threatened.

It takes big picture thinking to make the connection between our priority and our responsibilities. It takes courageous communication to effectively share the connection. It takes leadership to keep the connection at the forefront of decision making and to ensure that adequate attention and effort is given to both ends of the process.

Recognizing and accepting that ours isn’t THE priority isn’t always easy. But service isn’t about us as individuals or us as a profession. It’s about us as a responsible company or organization, or agency, that might happen to have water quality protection as one of our many responsibilities.

 

Other People’s Problems

Speaking of Other People’s Problems here. OK, maybe other people’s dirty water.

I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to mingle with stormwater professionals from all over the country (even with some outside of the country). It is a privilege that I try not to take for granted.

Recently, AASHTO hosted a stormwater practitioners conference for state DOT stormwater professionals in Washington DC. This event comes around once every two years and is one of my favorites. During the many opportunities to share and interact with the other states, I was baffled by my reaction to a particular topic of discussion. It was baffling because I should be over it by now. While the issue isn’t prevalent in my area, the topic comes up often in other parts of the nation.

The discussion involves state transportation departments being held responsible for managing waterborne pollutants that originate upstream then cross DOT rights of way. DOTs across the nation are spending significant cash and time attempting to address nutrients, pathogens, and other nasty constituents that typically have zero relation highways.

DOT transportation facilities typically involve the movement of people and goods via cars and trucks. No industry, no golf courses, no agriculture, no sheep, no cows. No rooftops, no parking lots, no feedlots. Just you, me and the four (or eighteen, or two) wheels that we command.

Granted, some use the road as a trash can and cigarette recepticle, and some critters arrive as carion rather than as checked baggage. And there are some pollutants that typically do begin their journey on our asphalt. These aren’t the pollutants I’m talking about.

Generally not being a part of the source, DOTs often struggle to even put a dent in impairments related to these pollutants. Yet they spend the money anyway. Because that’s what the regulator wants. You accept it, you own it. It’s a weak argument and even weaker approach to addressing impairments of our Nation’s waters.

Listening to the debate makes me wonder, what if all of this energy and money were dedicated to things that actually originate on DOT rights of way? What if even a portion of the wasted money was given toward other efforts that focused on these problems by appropriate people in appropriate areas?

How we implement the Clean Water Act is flawed. It is ineffective, inefficient, and hasn’t brought us nearly close enough to meeting the Act’s goals – which were due 30 years ago, by the way. I see this topic as but one of many approaches to enforcement that are failing us.

Ensuring that our natural resources are protected and restored in the most efficient and effective way possible must be one of the primary goals of regulators, professionals, and other practitioners. The current approach misses that goal by a long shot. The waste, the distraction, the missed opportunities. What we are experiencing and continuing to allow and even promote concerns me.  It seems to be a failed attempt at management when what we really need is leadership.

Environmental challenges keep coming at us, some bigger than stormwater. If we stick to the current implementation model being applied to Clean Water Act, I’m not sure future generations will appreciate us very much.

DOTs do not manufacture poop and plant food as a general rule. But beat them up if you wish. They do have some money left and can take up an amount of slack if you want them to (as long as you are really comfortable with the roads you have now). But know that we can do better. Just recognize it for what it is – scapegoating at its finest.

Left and Right (another angle)

A few weeks back, I shared a thought in a presentation then in a post titled, Whole Brained I talked about  how we sometimes get stuck in left-brained thinking - considering only linear, logical, sequential, black and white options. I made the case for also tapping into our right brains for increased effectiveness. The right side of our brain deals mostly with less concrete things like empathy, big picture, creativity, and true design.

Connecting to the theme of left and right, Claire Quiney, a stormwatertools reader shared the infographic below.  If you are like me and have a lefty in your family you will find the creative collection and presentation of facts interesting (my son happens to write with his left hand but does almost everything else as a right-handed person would – talk about using your whole brain…).  For a direct connection to the original topic, scroll to “Cognitive Benefits” just under challenges. If you are looking for a more brain-balanced employee, you may want to at least consider finding a lefty. Pretty cool.

Click on the infographic to enlarge. Enjoy.

 

Left in a Right World
Source: SocialWorkDegreeCenter.com

Cheetahs and Hippos

Imagine the cheetahs in our profession. They are a new breed. They possess a sense of urgency. They are generally no-nonsense and understanding of purpose and accountability. They don’t wait for government to do things for them. Water quality and the goals of the Clean Water Act cannot wait on bureaucracy. Advancement of our profession rests on the back of this generation.

Now the hippos – the ruling elite. They have seen it all, but are stuck where their thinking resides today, or yesterday. They complain. They are static and stagnant. They benefit from the status quo and are content. They are fat and happy. They may be icons and sought after by those needing to just get by, but they can represent risk to our profession.

Hippos and cheetahs may be old or young in age and attitude.  In some areas they may be endangered, in others either may be valued and thriving.

It’s easy to want to take the analogy beyond my basic knowledge of the two, almost cartoon like creatures in my mind. It gets more complicated if we do. In fact, if we look deeper, both species play important roles in ecology. Both have value and both are endangered. Just like in nature, the analogous animals face very different threats.

Stormwater hippos feel threatened by the cheetah, and in some aspects they are. However, what will eventually be their demise is change, their ignorance of it, and their resistance to it. The stormwater cheetah points to the hippo as being the problem. But in reality, she is often her own enemy. She is challenged by her initiative and desire for change. But in her urgency, she runs in short bursts before tiring, which is frustrating and inefficient. She leaves all the hippos behind, missing out on their experience and knowledge.

By definition, leaders must have followers. Effective leaders inspire their followers in a positive direction. A leading hippo is missing a terrific opportunity if he isn’t mentoring and tempering young cheetahs. Hiding his own cynicism is the greatest challenge for the leading hippo. And while life may not be passing the cheetah by, cheetahs must be sensitive to the fact that they could be passing life by. A leading cheetah must have the self-awareness to pace themselves and to know the limits of their own endurance and knowledge. The young cheetahs behind them need to be shown why we are running so fast and shouldn’t be burdened by having to recreate the experiences and knowledge of the hippo.

Young cheetahs should be encouraged, informed, and guided. Young hippos may need to be directed to another profession.

 

 

Behind the scenes: Inspiration for the post came from an interview with Ghanaian economist George Ayittey discussing his TED Talk on corruption in Africa. He referred to two types of leaders there – Cheetahs and Hippos. While the topic is much different, extending the metaphor to stormwater wasn’t that difficult. I stopped short of his characterization of hippos as, “the blind leading the clueless.” It felt familiar but went a little far for my vision of the overall stormwater profession.

Stormwater in the Mainstream July 2014

It’s been hard to keep up with celebrity stormwater during this busy July. However, it appears that stormwater doesn’t take a Summer break.

Enjoy a few  stories found in the mainstream from StormwaterTools.com and Google News below.  Here’s an interesting headline and story to start you off…

 

Why NC water-quality plans must include therapy, like SolarBees, as well as

News & Observer  
Reservoirs such as the 14,000-acre Jordan Lake are built to control water quantity, not quality. Developing a cost-effective plan to improve Jordan’s water quality requires addressing these questions: What is federal policy? Is it working well? If not

New Paving Project Will Help Philadelphia Manage Stormwater

CBS Local  
KYW’s Pat Loeb reports it’s paved a parking lot with materials that will let rain drain directly into the ground. “We’re not going to have a traditional ribbon-cutting today, instead we’re going to have a water-pouring,” Water Commissioner Howard

Durham Works to Mitigate Stormwater Issues

TWC News  
DURHAM– Some business owners along University Drive in Durham say flooding has been an issue in the area for years. At Nana’s Restaurant, there have been times when the flooding was so bad they had to close their doors to customers.

Bethel: Green infrastructure grant addresses flooding, storm-water runoff

newszap.com  
BETHEL – The Town of Bethel in Sussex County is getting help to reduce flooding, manage storm-water runoff and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Miami Beach leaders proposing a hike in storm water fees to deal with threat

MiamiHerald.com
Written by

Christina Veiga

Miami Beach is proposing an 84 percent increase in storm water fees – the cost of keeping rising seas at bay – with more rises in the future.

Strongsville increases no-bid contract for stormwater repairs by $100000

The Plain Dealer  
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – On Monday, City Council increased a no-bid contract for emergency stormwater repairs from $100,000 to $200,000.

Stormwater project in Clarksville causes concern among neighbors

Evening News and Tribune  -
The existing pump station can only handle a fraction of the water that needs to be moved to the storm water lines, which currently necessitates the use of a mobile pump station to supplement the one that’s permanently affixed.

Stormwater signage to be unveiled in Nampa

Idaho Press-Tribune  - ‎6 hours ago‎
“Most people don’t realize that they can help keep stormwater pollution out of our water bodies,” said environmental compliance superintendent Cheryl Jenkins.

Walton County Commissioners Try to Resolve Storm Water Issue

WJHG-TV  
WALTON COUNTY– There is no doubt that after heavy rains, all of Walton County deals with significant amounts of storm water. During last week’s budget meeting, County Commissioners spoke about finding a way to make some room in next year’s budget …

Hazmat crew removes motor oil dumped into Lebanon’s stormwater system

Lebanon Daily News  
City of Lebanon fire crews and the Lebanon County Hazardous Material Team lower booms into the storm sewer on Cumberland Street at 10th and Cumberland streets to clean up motor oil that was dumped into the stormwater system. … for several years to

Stormwater task force says fee ready to be judged by voters

Colorado Springs Gazette  
The Colorado Springs City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday on whether it wants the city to be part of a regional stormwater effort and form an authority with El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and Fountain. The authority

City creates funding mechanism for stormwater project

Tahoe Daily Tribune  
South Lake Tahoe has created a community facilities district for properties to help pay for operation and maintenance of the $15 million Bijou Erosion Control project and meet their own stormwater requirements. South Lake Tahoe City Council … The

EOMAP, Landgate Launch New Water Quality Monitoring Tools

Dredging Today  
German and Australian scientists today launched state-of-the-art water quality monitoring tools that will enable anyone in the world to zoom in on what is stirring up under the surface of Australian waters.

 

Bethel: Green infrastructure grant addresses flooding, storm-water runoff

newszap.com  - ‎12 minutes ago‎
BETHEL – The Town of Bethel in Sussex County is getting help to reduce flooding, manage storm-water runoff and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The town is receiving $100,000 in grant funds from the U.S

Hudson River water quality falls short, Riverkeeper says

Kingston Daily Freeman  
OSSINING >> The group Riverkeeper’s recently released water quality report shows Hudson River water quality falls short of the goals of the organization. Riverkeeper Paul Gallay said the results were somewhat disheartening. “Twenty-three percent of our …

Entering the Fray

There is worse than not being helpful. It’s called being harmful.

First responders are trained to run to the fray – to hear the gunfire, smell the smoke, see chaos, and run towards it. They arrive to make things better.  Not to join one side or the other or to add fuel. First responders are our heroes. We value their training and expertise. We value their dedication. We value their willingness to help when we need them.  They are indispensable. But again, they haven’t declared loyalty to any of us or to our particular movement.

It’s a pretty cool concept if you think about it – someone, likely a stranger, is willing to risk their life to help me without knowing me, knowing anything about my personal preferences, or why I happen to be in the circumstances I am in. They help regardless of fault or responsibility, even when I may actually deserve my predicament.

In many respects, stormwater professionals also serve as first responders. If we are what I think we are, we run to the messes. We see turbid waters, and careless actors, and battles between opposing views, and if we are truly dedicated to water quality, we run toward the chaos. Not to sidle up to those with views that might match our own or to take up arms for ones cause, but to make things better.

Stormwater can be a turbulent topic. Regulation is changing. Interpretation of that regulation is changing. Expectations of regulators, contractors, developers, our neighbors, and our society are changing. Professionals who can make sense and create calm in the face of disorder and mayhem are valuable – and in many cases can be true heroes.

By now, you know that I am all for causing a ruckus. So it may be a bit confusing to you that I would recommend staying neutral as we aim to serve and protect. But there is a big difference between causing a ruckus as a servant and joining one as a professional. Which is still different than being calm and helpful during war between others.

All three types of engagement have the potential to create heroes. The leader understands which role is appropriate as each opportunity is presented.

It’s not about riding fences, taking advantage of unfortunate events, or piling on. It’s about discernment and about being professional. It’s about taking responsibility for doing what we need to do when we need to do it.

Think about your role as a peacemaker (not for the sake of peace, but for the sake of water quality). And think about your role as advocate (not for the sake of winning, but for the sake of water quality). And think abut your role as professional (not for a salary, but for water quality).

And if you still want to be a part of a fray, think about creating a ruckus of your own.

Skillful Design

I am clearly a proponent of attempting to predict the outcome of our work. I believe we should have a pretty clear picture of why we do what we do, know what our objective is, and understand how we plan to get there. I also think we should have a clue about what’s going to happen when we arrive.

I have analytical tendencies, but I also feel a need for real action.

…Models are not right or wrong; they’re always wrong.

Gavin Schmidt made this profound statement in his TED Talk about the emergent patterns of climate change.  He said that models are always approximations. They are never perfect. It yields an interesting perspective when we decide that “all modelers are liars.”

He said, “But there’s one key reason why we look at models, and that’s because … if we had observations of the future, we obviously would trust them more than models. But unfortunately, observations of the future are not available at this time.”  We don’t and can’t know what will happen in the future, exactly. But can we benefit from the process of guessing? Schmidt also said,

…if a model tells you more than you would have known otherwise, it is skillful.

Skillful – having, showing, or involving skill

Skill – the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well

The Clean Water Act set forth a very real expectation that we get better – to be skillful.  There are modeling, predicting, and estimating tools available to you today.  RUSLE2, MUSLE, GSSHA, SCS, Rational, SWMM, SLAMM, WMS, etc.  Unfortunately, many of us choose to not utilize them to better inform our work - many times because they are “flawed.” If you chose to take advantage these mostly free but imperfect “models,” could you have more information than you would have otherwise? Could modeling, predicting, and virtually tweaking your BMPs prior to ground disturbance give us a better product?

Design – to plan skillfully.

Professional – relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill.

Are you a design professional? Are you interested in becoming skillful?  Try modeling. Then do something with what you’ve gained.

After all, “What is the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” – Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Prize winner

Bite-Fight!

I went to a bite-fight the other day and a soccer game broke out.

In case you haven’t been paying much attention, a soccer tournament bigger than our World Series or Super Bowl, according to some, is currently being played out. Some call it football. Its not! Well maybe it is, but not at all like our football, the real football, where we use our hands more than our feet.

A few weeks ago, Luis Suarez, playing for Uruguay, bit a player from the opposing team. Yes – with his teeth! Granted the other guy didn’t lose an ear or anything. But this is soccer, not boxing.

The story gets more bizarre. This was his third biting offense. He has now been suspended by FIFA (not sure what that stands for) for four months but has kept his spot on the team, his paycheck, and even his coach’s loyalty. His boss is extremely incensed by FIFA’s sensitivity according to this story.

I learned all I know about the rules of biting from my oldest daughter.  She faced a permanent booting about fifteen years ago for her habit. Seems her day care didn’t care how well she could kick a ball. That kind of behavior could not be tolerated. It potentially hurt the reputation of the organization, it introduced unnecessary risk, and it left painful marks on the other players’ little soft arms. Turns out, many day care rules, like no-biting and no-hands, are also good for business (and for soccer).

I’m wondering, how should we manage an excellent performer who happens to also be a biter? Thinking about someone who is good for the bottom line or good for “compliance,” but leaves a wake of regret, mistrust, and virtual teeth marks behind them. Do we ignore them? Make excuses for them? Try to change them? Remind them of general rules of social behavior and public health? Or do we give them the old three-strikes rule when it comes to violating our team or organizational values, regardless of their technical competence?

What would one of your star players have to do to be dropped after one strike, or two, or ten? The violation of established core values (you have some, right?) does more than cause your team to be in the news every once in a while. It can erode hard earned positive cultural elements inside your company. It can cause other star players to question you - the leader, and your motives. It can erode trust in critical relationships both inside and outside of your company. It can cause the credibility of a whole profession to lose ground. It’s a big deal.

How have you dealt with over-achieving bad apples?

 

Behind the scenes – my six year old and I coined the term, “bite-fight.”  It’s a little game we like to play at bed time (really calms her down after a busy day). Even though the game stops well before drawn blood, the older ones and the wife really don’t much care for it.

Stormwater in the Mainstream June 2014

Some interesting accusations being fired back this month from the LA Times in defense of EPA.  Like EPA, Congress is now also being accused here of underhanded and sneaky rulemaking concerning the definition of US Waters.  It seems if Congress can block the implementation of EPA’s rule, they could also create a suitable definition, if that was truly their desire.

We are also seeing our own legislative “muddying of the stormwaters” here in Alabama.

Enjoy this month’s Stormwater in the Mainstream from StormwaterTools and Google News.  (The news is light this month mainly because the search term “runoff” is busy doing election primary duty.)

 

Winnetka property owners have opportunity to earn stormwater credits

Winnetka Talk
Property owners in Winetka can earn stormwater credits, which are credits to be used towards paying for a new storm water utility fee for the …

EPA raps Ivory Homes for stormwater pollution

Salt Lake Tribune-by Brian Maffly
“The agreement resolves alleged storm-water permit violations discovered through inspections of Ivory Homes’ construction sites in Utah,” the …

EPA orders stormwater release fix for communites in Luzerne and

Scranton Times-Tribune-
The Environmental Protection Agency ordered more than a third of communities in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties to address the release of …

UMaine program focuses on stormwater runoff

seattlepi.com-

ORONO, Maine (AP) — High school students and teachers and representatives of tribal communities are gathering at the University of Maine to …

 

Increased costs prompts formation of Berkeley County stormwater

Charleston Post Courier-
Berkeley County Council gave second reading Monday to an ordinance that could cost homeowners an additional $24-50 in stormwater fees ...

 

Runoff, reimagined: Grants bolster new ways of storm water

Santa Cruz Sentinel-
Across the county, nearly $3 million in projects are on tap that aim to manage stormwater better than funneling it into the sea, including keeping ...

 

Woo-hoo, stormwater meetings!

Colorado Springs Independent (blog)-

No wonder the city and county have hundreds of millions of dollars in backlogged stormwater projects. It’s just hard to get excited about …

 

Groundbreaking scheduled for Santa Rosa Co stormwater project

WEAR  
A ground breaking ceremony for a storm water project is taking place in Santa Rosa County this week. The ceremony for the Gulf Breeze Storm … The project will help improve water quality for the Santa Rosa County area. The restoration funds come from

Drilling industry, watchdogs: Testing water quality is good

Santa Fe New Mexican.com  -
The industry trade organization is encouraging oil and gas well developers to get permission from water well owners to test as a way of proving that drilling and fracking are safe and won’t hurt water quality. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association

Gulf Breeze Storm Water Project groundbreaking

WEAR  -
A ground breaking ceremony for a storm water project is taking place in Santa Rosa County this week. The ceremony for the Gulf Breeze Storm … The project will help improve water quality for the Santa Rosa County area. The restoration funds come from

Lake sediment could be used for highway projects

Sandusky Register  
John Kasich – kicked off the series Thursday to primarily discuss two main themes: lake dredging, and phosphorus farm runoff. Dredging in the Western Basin remains a critical topic of discussion for Butler’s department, he said, since the area is one

Erosion concerns resurface in Kalispell

KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News  
KALISPELL – Residents in one Kalispell neighborhood have been on edge about on-going erosion problems near their homes for years.