New Law Makes Significant Changes to Clean Water State Revolving Fund

New Law Makes Significant Changes to Clean Water State Revolving Fund

This past June, President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, it is “the first major water resources bill in seven years and is being applauded by organizations across the spectrum.” The law funds projects to maintain America’s ports, levees, dams, and harbors [...]

The Benefits of Using Mobile Technology for Data Collection and Reporting

The Benefits of Using Mobile Technology for Data Collection and Reporting

Many utilities today are using paper forms to collect data. That presents some serious problems. Notes coming in from the field are often hard to read and data can be inconsistent. Add to that the frequent occurrence of manual entry errors, and suddenly, your utility has a data problem. To make matters worse, these same [...]

September 22, 2014
The Steps and Benefits of Implementing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Steps and Benefits of Implementing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans is situated three feet below sea level. Despite being in a region prone to hurricanes and flooding, the hospital’s main emergency-power transfer switches were located only a few feet above ground level, leaving the electrical system vulnerable (according to a Pulitzer Prize winning article on how Memorial dealt with [...]

Posted in: Environment
September 12, 2014
Solving Complex Challenges at the Nation’s Largest Superfund Site

Solving Complex Challenges at the Nation’s Largest Superfund Site

The Upper Clark Fork Basin in Montana, which stretches 120 miles from Butte to Missoula, was heavily impacted by mine wastes from copper mining and smelting practices that took place from about 1884 through 1980, when the smelter closed. Over time and through flooding, this waste washed down surrounding creeks and the Clark Fork River and settled throughout the [...]

Posted in: Environment
September 2, 2014
Energy Diversity Is Key to Managing Operating Costs

Energy Diversity Is Key to Managing Operating Costs

The extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex this past winter brought with it a steep spike in natural gas prices. Wholesale prices more than tripled, according to the Wall Street Journal and then suddenly returned to near normal. Time Magazine referred to the situation as a “rollercoaster.” The price spike may have [...]

Posted in: Energy
August 25, 2014
Building a Partnership in St. Charles, MO

Building a Partnership in St. Charles, MO

The City of St. Charles, Missouri is located just 25 miles outside of St. Louis and is situated along the banks of the Missouri River. One of the nation’s fastest growing areas, St. Charles has doubled in size to nearly 70,000 people in the last 20 years. To keep up with residential and commercial development, [...]

August 11, 2014
Choosing an Owner’s Project Manager: Four Qualities that Determine Success

Choosing an Owner’s Project Manager: Four Qualities that Determine Success

  The intricacies that make up any large design and construction project are countless. From planning, design, permitting, and construction, any one of a thousand details can delay a project, and delays can be costly. Important project approvals related to contracts, design documents, payments, change orders, etc. fall on the owner, who may not have [...]

August 6, 2014
Safe Lab Ventilation and Fume Hood Energy Savings

Safe Lab Ventilation and Fume Hood Energy Savings

University labs are where some of the most advanced and important research in the world is performed. Because of the presence of numerous chemicals and other potential airborne hazards, labs present unique safety concerns. Having adequate ventilation to ensure proper and safe working conditions are maintained is one of the key factors that contribute to [...]

August 4, 2014
New Definition Expands Regulated Waters under the CWA

New Definition Expands Regulated Waters under the CWA

Just what are “Waters of the United States?” At first glance, it might seem intuitive, but since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), this definition has become more and more difficult to pin down. Why does this matter? Because it determines what water bodies are and are not regulated under the CWA, which has [...]

July 31, 2014
12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

Before, during, and after a natural disaster strikes, facilities should have a plan in place to execute a comprehensive and flexible response to protect staff and critical assets. The need for such a plan may be increasing. The recently published National Climate Assessment noted that the growing consensus in the scientific community points to an [...]

July 29, 2014