Choosing Better Over Best

The letters, BMP mean different things to different professionals. While we may technically get the terminology correct, our actions sometimes speak differently. Many of us have twisted the letters to represent phrases like, Best Manufactured Product. Our reliance and focus on installed things causes increased cost-to-benefit, misplaced confidence, and distraction. There are some amazing products and technologies[…]

BMPs: the Eroding Core of the Clean Water Act

This is a guest post by Glen Ballinger.  Glen is president of  Earth and Turf Reps and is passionate about quality erosion control products. You can connect with Glen on LinkedIn and find Earth and Turf Reps on Facebook. Glen has prepared some PowerPoint slides giving more detailed information about his goals. If you would like[…]

Band Aid Solutions

The term, Band-Aid solution typically has a negative connotation. In a technical environment, it often represents an inadequate patch that will not hold for too very long. It’s image is much more positive in our private lives. At home we see the Band-Aid as being perfectly suited for the type of wound it’s designed to[…]

Ditch Check, Check Dam or Gulley Plug?

I had to make the distinction for myself years ago. Prior to 2002 I had not paid much attention to the differences in terminology. If a practice was shown on the plans and/or if the contract included a pay item for one or the other, we installed it. At ALDOT, the check dam, or Erosion[…]

Sediment Yield Reduction Challenge

In a recent post I suggested that we could achieve a sediment reduction yield of 85%-95% on our construction sites.  Now I find myself trying to stave off a possible intervention.  The challenge has made some folks very nervous and caused others to openly question my sanity. I’m seeing the following five reasons for the resistance.[…]

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[…]

How do You Define Stormwater?

The story of the Tower of Babel has always been a bit confusing to me.  I understand the need to humble a people that had become a bit too big for their britches.  What I am unclear about is the part where God decided to confuse their language because, “nothing they plan to do will[…]

Regulator Magnets – INLETS

          Inlets represent the location of our last line of defense.  Many times they serve as a gateway or direct conduit to receiving waters. They are essentially your discharge point.   The quality of runoff entering inlets can often be directly tied to regulatory compliance.  Therefore, regulators love ’em. 1) Sediment control alone[…]

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[…]