¡Adelante! (owning fault)

This is the first of a two part series about moving forward.  ¡Adelante! is Spanish for “forward!” My son and I learned the translation on a whitewater rafting trip on the Yellowstone River. We were two of the only three in our party that understood English. The guide was the other. He decided that Spanish would be the official language of the trip. Mainly becuase[…]


Thanksgiving humbles me. This time of year makes it easy to see that I have it made. I have family, friends, and coworkers that I genuinely appreciate and treasure (even though I am horrible at showing it). My family and I have health and we have fun. I live in the greatest country on earth.[…]

Excellent Consistent Local Decision Making

Quality uniform decisions made at the lowest possible level…  oxymoronic? I used to think so. One challenge of large organizations spread across multiple sectors or regions is operational consistentency.  Another is overly detailed operational control by a centralized entity that has become disconnected from the work and from reality.  In many organizations there is a cycle that repeats over time[…]

Join the club… or else.

I like LinkedIn.  I think it’s an amazing tool that allows us to share, learn and connect professionally like never before.  It adds value, it’s generous and it’s also a business. I used to provide notice of all new blog posts to applicable LinkedIn groups.  The notice brought traffic to StormwaterTools.com and hopefully added some value to[…]

In Ten Years…

In ten years your world will be different.  Your work environment will be different.  Water quality regulation will be different.  Society’s environmental priorities will be different.  Your family will be different. Will you be different? Assume that in ten years laptops, phones and tablets will have merged into one, rendering all three nearly obsolete.  Customizable software for data collection,[…]

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

We often complain about disengaged, disconnected employees, contractors, and designers.  We wonder how to best motivate them. I recently read the book, Drive by Daniel Pink.  The subtitle of the book is, the surprising truth about what motivates us.  I like Daniel Pink.  I have listened to several interviews and lectures he has given on various[…]

Professional Development in Alabama

There will be at least three opportunities in Alabama over the next 6 months for CPESCs and other stormwater professionals to strengthen their technical know-how and earn professional development hours. June 12-14, 2013       SWCS – AL Chapter Annual Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton, Birmingham August 20, 2013        Workshop: Geology, Soils, Erosion and Sediment Control, Alabama Power[…]

Stormwater People

Elwood Blues to Bob’s Country Bunker waitress, Claire: “What kind of music do you usually have here?” Claire: “Oh, we got both kinds.  We got country and western.”   Well, here at StormwaterTools.com, we got both kinds of stormwater – construction and post-construction. As we begin to see beyond regulation and mere compliance, and we start looking at why[…]