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Thoughts From Engineers: Enhanced Aquifer Recharge Goes Mainstream

May 30, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Sometimes it takes converging events to suddenly ramp up interest in a particular water-management technology. Articles with headlines such as “America is using up its groundwater like there’s no tomorrow” (bit.ly/IsNoTomorrow) do little to quell…

Thoughts From Engineers: A Pulse on the Watershed: The Evolution of Smart Water Infrastructure Networks

May 9, 2024 - in Articles, Column

The speed with which smart networks are colonizing our homes and cities’ infrastructure is proof of the technology’s adaptability to the systems…

Thoughts From Engineers: Designing for the Next Storm

April 5, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Civil engineers use a range of hydrologic methodologies and software—from the widely used Rational Method to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s HEC-HMS…

Thoughts From Engineers: Peeling Back the Pavement to Manage Stormwater in Great Lakes Communities

January 31, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Urban spaces have evolved through the decades to reflect the needs of the people who live there. Through time, we buried wetlands to build roads and paved stream corridors and other natural spaces to drive water efficiently to the nearest exit. We built…

Thoughts From Engineers: Gearing Up for Resilience

November 30, 2023 - in Articles, Column

The United States continues to move forward with plans to rebuild the country’s infrastructure with allocations from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Inflation Reduction Act and other sources. A critical shift also has been triggered to integrate…

Thoughts From Engineers: Supreme Court Slices CWA’s Reach

September 27, 2023 - in Articles, Column

I have never owned property disputed to contain wetlands or had my plans to develop a property blocked because of the presence of wetlands. No doubt, in such a situation I would have felt cheated of important rights, not unlike Michael and Chantell Sackett,…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water Two Times Around and More

September 1, 2023 - in Articles, Column

In a cooperative undertaking among Florida’s wastewater and drinking-water sectors, rulemaking is moving forward to develop regulations and standards for the safe operation of potable reuse systems. In a country that for decades has operated centralized…

Thoughts From Engineers: Who’s at Risk for Extreme Storms?

August 3, 2023 - in Articles, Column

The use of data and computer models to simulate complex physical processes, make predictions and more-effectively plan for the future has never been more important. Precipitation data, for example, have been key to the design and construction of our nation’s…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Fight to Get the Lead Out

June 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

No issue captures the failings of our nation’s drinking-water infrastructure quite like the chronic and widespread problem of lead service lines (LSLs). Starkly highlighting racial disparities in the United States, LSLs can be found predominantly in…

Thoughts From Engineers: Smart Tech Steps into the Spot (Flood) Light

May 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Any homeowner who has taken advantage of the myriad doorbell cameras, home thermostats, motion sensors and other smart devices available in the market knows the value smart tech brings to home security. (“I can’t be everywhere at once,” the thinking…