Category Archives: General Stormwater Stories

Our spotlight is on Seattle today as we recall an article from Pascal Mittermaier on Stormwater One, Solutions for Stormwater in Seattle, that provides excellent graphics on the effects of stormwater run-off caused by impervious surfaces. Additionally, the article offers insight to rethinking the problem when re-designing cities to function more like forests so stormwater […]

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STORMWATER REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO CHANGE Stormwater regulations across the country continue to increase in both scope and intensity. Many of the reasons for increasing stormwater regulations are directly related to property development. Developing a piece of property often entails taking it from a natural state, where 50% of precipitation infiltrates and only 10% runs off […]

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            Those operating in the stormwater industry often feel like the “THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY” message falls on deaf ears to the general public. The civil design community and regulators certainly understand that throwing away stormwater is no longer an option, but surely that message only survives in […]

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            Have you ever tried to put a fence post in the ground in Arizona, only to give up and proclaim the soil got the best of you? That’s the same soil that makes it nearly impossible for stormwater to drain in a timely fashion following a rain event. Fortunately […]

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            The prolonged California drought has gone from a footnote to one of the biggest stories in the country. Conditions have become so desperate that massive water conversation efforts are underway and a recent NASA satellite image has scientists believing there may only be a year or less of groundwater available […]

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Have you ever Googled “Arizona Drywell”? You may find a definition of a simple rock filled pit or even better, a MaxWell Drywell. Well, the historic Arizona drywell did start as a shallow, rock filled pit. It was in 1972 that the Arizona drywell began to revolutionize. As a result of increasing construction developments and […]

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“Why would I need drywall to help with stormwater?” This is a question commonly asked when I tell people what I do for a living. After clarifying that it’s not drywall like you find in your home but rather a drywell, a stormwater control measure used for hundreds of years, I still get curious looks. […]

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About 50 years later, California may finally break records as a massive storm sits above California dropping buckets of rain. This much needed storm may help the California drought and infiltrate the stormwater to replenish groundwater supplies. Residents are piling sandbags around their homes to help prevent flooding and mudslides. Even cities have rushed to […]

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