The Ratcheting Environmental Pendulum

I have been warned by some that we are currently living a ramped-up and trumped-up environmental fad that is sure to ease up as soon as the current administration is packed up and shipped off (pick your favorite “administration” to apply the statement to). I hear that our efforts to improve water quality are breaking[…]

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[…]

Without Rain

If we didn’t have rain there would be no construction stormwater discharge; there would be no erosion; there would be no sediment to worry about,with few exceptions.  Without rain there is no need for sediment basins, silt fence or rolled erosion control products.  Without rain, the construction stormwater professional is without problems (but also likely without a job). Rain matters.  Or[…]

Environmental Leadership – Active or Passive Treatment?

After IECA’s announcement of the 2012 Presenter of the Year Award, several of you asked about the content of my workshop.  Attached is a description of the basis for the workshop presented at the IECA Environmental Connection in Las Vegas back in February. The basic message presented during the workshop was that we have an obligation to lead from wherever[…]

Water Quality Protection on the Move in Alabama

In spite of the tremendous progress that has been made in Alabama in regards to water quality protection, EPA as well as environmental groups say that Alabama us still far behind where it needs to be.  A series of recent EPA audits spoke critically toward the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the state’s environmental[…]

StormwaterTools Podcast – The Five Pillars of Construction Stormwater Management

Presentation of the Five Pillars of Construction Stormwater Management recorded live at the 2010 AASHTO Center for Envrionmental Excellence Stormwater Practitioners Meeting in Denver, Colorado.  An article of the same topic can be read here.  The presentation that went along with the presentation can be viewed here. An hour long workshop will be presented at[…]

The Five Pillars of Construction Stormwater Management

For a bit of a different perspective and approach on our favorite subject, check out the article below.  The article was accepted by IECA as an abstract for a workshop for presentation at EC11. Background The construction stormwater industry seems to be in flux.  On one hand, the industry’s progress and renewed commitment to environmental protection over the[…]

StormwaterTools Podcast – Environmental History Part 2 of 2

A better understanding of the history of our environmental laws helps to provide a different perspective on current regulation and the priorities of those who regulate.  In this episode of the StormwaterTools Podcast we pick up withe the Clean Water Act and move toward the present. Listening to Part 1 of 2 prior to this episode[…]

StormwaterTools Podcast – Environmental History Part 1 of 2

 A better understanding of the history of our environmental laws helps to provide a different perspective on current regulation and the priorities of those who regulate.  In this episode of the StormwaterTools Podcast we begin discussing the history of our nation’s environmental laws.  In this first of a two part series, we look way back[…]