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 […]

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 […]

Posted in: Water
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 […]

Posted in: Water
June 16, 2015
Reducing Costs and Improving Results through Comprehensive Site Remediation

Reducing Costs and Improving Results through Comprehensive Site Remediation

Owners of sites with subsurface contamination know how time-consuming and challenging it can be to eliminate VOCs or other hazardous materials from groundwater or soil. For many, it seems like just when one area has been remediated, another area becomes problematic, causing additional rounds of investigation and clean-up efforts, which are always accompanied by increased […]

June 1, 2015
Exploring the California Drought and Measures to Reduce Water Use

Exploring the California Drought and Measures to Reduce Water Use

The California drought is reaching its fourth year. State officials expect this winter’s snowpack—a valuable resource for summer water supplies—to be about six percent of normal, and the rapid depletion of groundwater from wells is causing water tables to drop, increasing the encroachment of seawater, and causing land to sink. Governor Jerry Brown recently issued […]

Understanding the Clean Power Plan

Understanding the Clean Power Plan

The largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution in this country is electric power generation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, electric power plans contributed 31% of all greenhouse gas emissions, followed by transportation at 27% and industry at 21%. Currently, there are no national limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. This […]

Posted in: Energy, Environment
May 6, 2015
Developing a Grid Modernization Plan

Developing a Grid Modernization Plan

The energy industry is experiencing a rapid evolution in its technology, and electric utilities continue to discover new ways that it can be integrated into their systems. Since the landscape is changing dramatically, it’s important for utilities to identify the ways that innovations can contribute to the overall stability of their organization and incorporate them […]

Posted in: Energy
April 29, 2015
Regulating Resiliency

Regulating Resiliency

Sea level rise and extreme weather events—both intensified by climate change—can create significant risks for municipalities. Across the country, communities are in the process of preparing for what’s to come by creating hazard mitigation plans and assessing infrastructure vulnerability. In addition, recent severe weather events have created a shifting regulatory landscape as lawmakers and regulatory […]

Posted in: Environment
April 22, 2015
A Noble Cause: Helping Breweries Reduce Water Use and Meet Wastewater Demands

A Noble Cause: Helping Breweries Reduce Water Use and Meet Wastewater Demands

In 2014, 206 million barrels of beer were shipped and sold in the United States—equivalent to more than 2.8 billion cases and 27.5 gallons of beer per consumer, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Craft breweries produced 11 percent of that total. Craft breweries are rapidly growing in the United States. In 1983, there […]

April 13, 2015
Transforming Brownfield Sites with Public-Private Collaboration

Transforming Brownfield Sites with Public-Private Collaboration

As any owner of a brownfield property knows, the obstacles to cleanup and private redevelopment can be numerous, varied, and complex. Common challenges include remediation concerns, environmental liability issues, and high costs of cleanup efforts. But there are opportunities for bringing new life to properties that have had limited use due to hazardous substances or […]

April 10, 2015