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Star-Struck

This week I participated in the inaugural Alabama Stormwater Symposium in Auburn, Alabama (I don’t think it’s proper to say first annual, but I do want to be sure to convey that this event should happen every year from now on). Congratulations to Dr. Eve Brantley, Dr. Thorsten Knappenberge, and to their team of partners and[…]

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Corporate Commitment – The First Ingredient of Success

This week’s post comes from Bill Robinson, Founder and President of Stormwater Risk Management, LLC and ComplianceWise Technologies, LLC in Denver, Colorado. Bill also serves as Treasurer of the Mountain States Chapter of IECA. Bill’s business model at SRM is reflects my own mission as he helps good people get better at managing stormwater – not doing the[…]

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The Hero and the Stormwater Guide

Our brains are bombarded with input. Every day, thousands of pieces of information come at us from every direction. Colors, sounds, smells, textures, sights – every waking moment, even in the calmest of environments. It takes a good portion of our brain matter to sort through the data, mostly by throwing unnecessary information away. The[…]

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Client Commitment Exchange

An understanding and commitment between stormwater professionals and their clients could be fairly straightforward. Here’s a set that clarifies our expectations. What you (the client) might expect from me (the professional): An understanding that you have a brand. I’ll know it, I’ll respect it, and I’ll promote it. (I can also help you to define it, if[…]

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Growth and Stormwater

A Tennessee bill to limit stormwater runoff regulations caught my attention recently. I am ill-equipped to provide much comment on the specifics, but just reading some of the rationale and quotes caused me to think. I have seen similar proposals in other states, including my own. Unfortunately, one of the real drivers of Stormwater awareness[…]

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Collaboration: 1-2-3

I was recently asked to outline the collaboration process using my experience as a basis. I have done and lived a fairly rewarding collaborative career. I have toured the country teaching collaboration with my friend Jesse. And I’ve shared my collaborative experiences with most of Alabama. I honestly thought I had already documented my work. I see[…]

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Two Quotes

I’d like to share two remarkable quotes from this week. The first was written by a regulatory inspector on his inspection report. He was simply making an observation and likely doesn’t have a clue that anyone would be impressed by his mention. His note was simply, “Creative BMP design and implementation appeared to be very effective.” […]

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Trust and Attention

“Just show up and good things will happen.” The late Glen Frey said that in the documentary, History of the Eagles Part 2. He wasn’t implying that we will be rewarded for simply waking up and walking in. I heard it as, if we choose to participate day after day, year after year, sooner or later, our[…]