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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[…]

The Paradox of Compliance

Frequently, it is regulatory compliance, or more specifically, regulatory enforcement, that brings environmental awareness to a company or organization. Some of the best programs and hardest working companies got their environmental start with a good old-fashioned regulatory spanking. Many see increased regulation and enforcement as the only real solution to environmental restoration. This is unfortunate, but the stick is obviously[…]

On Being Naïve

Just because I’m not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me… One of the most confirming periods of my career resulted from having my character attacked. In a single week a couple of years ago I was labled naïve by representatives of two intense personalities on completely opposite ends of the socio-political environmental spectrum. The first situation involved a person with extreme (and[…]

The Clean Water Act is Turning 40

October 18, 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.  What we call The Clean Water Act is actually a collection of amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948.  The first use of the widely accepted name began with the Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1972.   Subsequent major amendments came in 1977 and[…]

Moving The Compliance Point

Leadership author Dr. John Maxwell says that two of the most difficult things to teach employees are; to think, and to do things in odrer of importance.  There is not much more important to our work than the quality of our discharge at the outfall.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could choose the topography of[…]

Toolboxes, Manuals and Handbooks.

The term “BMP selection” and its practice are reducing our effectiveness and our ability to get better.  When we limit ourselves to off-the-shelf typical details we tend to close our minds and miss out on opportunities for improvement. Being around stormwater management for just a short time makes one realize that there is no one-size-fits-all[…]

Talk Reveals Culture

Are you an “Erosion Control” contractor, inspector or professional?  Do you design, enforce or review “erosion control” plans?  Is your stormwater program an integrated part of your planning and design process or is it an afterthought?  Do your employees know that their objective is to protect water quality, or do they still think they’re being[…]

Army Worms… Finally!

I recently got on an email from our homeowner’s association warning the neighborhood of  army worm activity in the area. I actually got a bit excited. I’ve worked on projects years ago where army worm activity was present. At the time I wasn’t super involved with vegetation establishment and was likely more concerned with construction[…]

IECA Intentional Presenting Webinar Follow Up

This week International Erosion Control Association offered a free webinar titled, Intentional Presenting – Making the Environmental Connection.  The webinar offering was a perfect example of getting your WHAT and your HOW aligned with your WHY (if you haven’t read Simon Senek’s Book, Start with WHY, you should). The WHY: IECA serves its members. IECA serves its professional[…]

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[…]