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[…]

The Sweet Spot

I just finished Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath; Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. The book was excellent. It explored some of the many ways we limit our own success and gave examples of negative life experiences and undesirable conditions that ironically foster winning. One of the lessons that resonated with[…]

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.[…]

Regulator Magnets – SEDIMENT TRACK OUT

Comedian Ron White tells a story of being thrown out of a bar and getting arrested for being “drunk in public.”  He unsuccessfully tried to make the case that the bouncers were the ones who should be arrested.  He argued that he was actually (and legally) drunk in the bar until he was thrown into the public by[…]

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[…]

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[…]

THE most effective erosion control BMP.

Limiting disturbance is the single most effective erosion control practice we have available.  In many cases nature has provided the most effective material for minimizing erosion – existing vegetation.  For free!  And by simply preserving this resource, we can save ourselves the money, time and risk inherent to long term temporary sediment control.  If there is[…]

Spring 2012 Alabama CPESC Review Course and Exam

The Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society are once again sponsoring the Alabama CPESC Review Course and Exam.  The review course is available for exam candidates as well as professionals looking for continuing education.  The review course and exam will be held on March 21 and 22, 2012 in centrally located Clanton, Alabama. Review[…]