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Thoughts From Engineers: On Shaky Ground: The Effect of Human Activity on Drinking Water

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The results of a study examining the relationship between land use and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) contamination were published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology in February 2022 (bit.ly/PFAS2022).…

Thoughts From Engineers: Cybersecurity: More at Risk Than Meets the Eye

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As an indicator of how quickly events are evolving lately, by the time this column goes to print, the geopolitical circumstances in which we find ourselves…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Elusive Plea of COP26

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I’ll confess I’m probably more fixated than most on climate-related news. When the media began to post updates on the progress of the United…

Thoughts From Engineers: Stepping Up Source-Water Protection

November 29, 2021 - in Articles, Column

If a watershed was the subject of a play, this one could fill the house. Set in southwestern Wisconsin in a watershed known as Black Earth Creek, the plot has some interesting elements: a failing landfill; a Class 1 trout stream; development pressure from…

Thoughts From Engineers: Climate Report Issues Bleak Predictions

September 30, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Engineers are problem solvers by profession, but, in many respects, we are pioneers as well—now more than ever.

Thoughts From Engineers: Microplastics: An Unavoidable Reality of Modern Life?

August 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Our dependence on plastics, most of which are based on a formula developed from coal, natural gas and crude oil, is another aspect of our deep-rooted reliance on fossil fuels. The battle to move away from these fuels to support our way of life is best described…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water Reuse Enters the Spotlight

July 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The Wichita Falls Resource Recovery Facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, became a national model for indirect potable reuse (IPR) in 2018 when it captured, disinfected, filtered and oxygenated wastewater before delivering roughly 20 million gallons a day…

Thoughts from Engineers: Water Infrastructure Woes Hit the American Pocketbook

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus a few key realities about water service in the United States. Many millions of Americans worked hard to pay for water service before the pandemic hit, and many millions will continue to struggle to pay when…

Thoughts From Engineers: All Sensors (and Eyes) on the Water

May 11, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The city of Virginia Beach, Va., was recognized in November 2020 with a Digital Cities award for the municipality’s adoption of StormSense, a multi-award-winning initiative that harnesses data streamed from a network of smart sensors and uses the resulting…

Thoughts From Engineers: How to Avoid a Regional Disaster

March 31, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Some 160 years ago, in an effort to remedy the Great Stink of 1858, which refers to a time in London’s history when the Thames River was used as an open sewer, an unknown English engineer by the name of Joseph Bazalgette was hired to design and build a network…