Exploring the Advantages of Mobile Technology at Treatment Plants

Exploring the Advantages of Mobile Technology at Treatment Plants

Alan Fabiano, a technology manager at Woodard & Curran, recently published an article titled, “Digital Data Collection Helps Cut Out the Paper,” in Treatment Plant Operator magazine. The article describes how operators at treatment plants can use mobile technologies—along with simple, flexible, and affordable applications developed for them—to make data management more efficient and accurate, […]

Woodard & Curran Sponsors the 2016 Darcy Lecture Series

Woodard & Curran Sponsors the 2016 Darcy Lecture Series

On July 30, the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) announced its 2016 Darcy Lecture presenter. Each year the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science, as it is more formally known, is presented at universities and other scientific institutions around the world by the chosen speaker for the year. In 2016, […]

August 25, 2015
Using an SSES to Protect Municipal Sewer Systems

Using an SSES to Protect Municipal Sewer Systems

Wastewater infrastructure nationwide is experiencing the effects of age, population growth, and severe weather. For most municipalities, underground collection systems are a patchwork of intricately connected sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and combined sewers; new sections intersect with old, and the functionality of different pieces of the system can vary widely. Even for cities that implement […]

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August 19, 2015
O&M on Massachusetts’ South Shore

O&M on Massachusetts’ South Shore

Hull, MA is a small peninsula town in Plymouth County that has been the site of summer homes for historic figures, including Calvin Coolidge and former Boston Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, grandfather of President John F. Kennedy. While it is the smallest town by area in its county and the fourth smallest in all of […]

August 4, 2015
Finding Equitable Stormwater Funding

Finding Equitable Stormwater Funding

Operational and capital costs associated with stormwater management seem to grow every year, driven higher by increasingly stringent permits, which mandate pollutant load reductions and require increased system resiliency. The costs of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and combined system infrastructure can overwhelm even the most well prepared utilities. Unfortunately for today’s utility managers, […]

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July 29, 2015
Are Public-Private Partnerships the Solution to Our Infrastructure Crisis?

Are Public-Private Partnerships the Solution to Our Infrastructure Crisis?

In 2008, Easton, Massachusetts faced the destruction of the historic manufacturing complex that created their town. From the late 1700s to the early 1900s, Easton was the home of the Ames Shovel Factory, an Industrial Revolution hallmark of progress and innovation. During the era of the gold rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad, […]

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July 16, 2015
Overcoming Challenges to Trenchless Technology for Gas Pipelines

Overcoming Challenges to Trenchless Technology for Gas Pipelines

Most new gas pipeline projects face at least some opposition from environmental activist groups. My colleague, Steve Ewing, and I recently wrote an article for the Mid Atlantic Journal of Trenchless Technology explaining how trenchless technology can be part of a strategy to alleviate the apprehension of some objectors and how best to deal with […]

July 13, 2015
Exploring the Promise and Practicality of Integrated Planning

Exploring the Promise and Practicality of Integrated Planning

In October 2014, the EPA provided technical assistance funding to five communities across the United States to help those municipalities “develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management.” One of those communities, Springfield, Missouri, recently had their sewer overflow control plan, which uses an integrated planning approach, approved by their state’s Department of […]

June 30, 2015
How the New Definition of Waters of the US Affects Regulation

How the New Definition of Waters of the US Affects Regulation

At the end of May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a significant final rule that outlines the scope and definition of waters protected under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA is the principal statute for protecting national water resources from […]

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June 22, 2015
America’s Aging Collection Systems

America’s Aging Collection Systems

It is nothing new to say that our country’s wastewater infrastructure is in need of investment. The ASCE’s 2013 Infrastructure Report Card estimated that capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems total $298 billion over the next twenty years. We expect an updated infrastructure report card to reveal a widening gap in […]

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June 16, 2015