Testing and Iteration

Inspired by THIS Seth Godin blog post, I’m once again questioning some of the most beloved, promoted, and defended BMPs of our time. In the post, Godin tells us that the world is looking for people who are polishing things until they work. Are we stormwater professionals giving society what it expects? When was the[…]

Green Infrastructure: 10 Things Every Civil Engineer Should Know

I had the honor of being invited to be a part of the Auburn University Environmental and Water Resources Engineering seminar series this week. I spoke to a crowd of civil, environmental, and chemical engineers and faculty. I spoke in a room that I last stepped in over 21 years ago. I enjoyed the experience and[…]


I wanted to share a resource for construction stormwater professionals that has been valuable to my work. The Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility (AU-ESCTF) started with a need, much thought, and a sketch. In the early 2000’s the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) recognized that most of the promoted and available BMPs and practice configurations[…]

Educational Opportunities (free webinar, etc.)

The world of construction stormwater is changing and techniques for effectively manging construction stormwater runoff are getting better every day.  We know that if we aren’t paying attention and not intentionally improving, we could easily be left behind.  Or worse, we could unnecessarily risk our client or employer’s time, money and reputation.  Or, we could miss out on opportunities[…]

Vegetation Establishment and Management for Effective Erosion and Sediment Control Seminar

The Auburn Technology Transfer Center is providing an excellent seminar topic with excellent presenters.  It is well known that StormwaterTools.com holds existing vegetation up as being the most effective and most economical form of erosion control available with established vegetation coming in at second.  This seminar covers both. The seminar content will include topics about soil,[…]