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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]


I recently attended a regional stormwater summit in Spanish Fort Alabama.  Some pretty complex issues regarding regulation, financing and incentives were discussed.  Apparently the deep conversation put my stormwater thinking juices into overdrive. On my way home I passed the scene in the above photo and just had to see what was going on.  I[…]

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[…]

Clear Water Alabama/IECA Roadshow Save the Date

What do you get when you combine two great educational programs for water quality protection?   The best erosion ans sediment control show in the southeast United States!  The Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Program Steering Committee has joined forces with the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association to provide a construction stormwater event[…]