Robert Adair

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What's the Difference between a Clogged Biofilter and a Failed Biofilter?

Posted by Robert Adair on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 02:07 PM

Check out the latest blog post by Anthony Kendrick; Business Development Manager at our Texas VAR, Construction EcoServices.

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Biofiltration Systems, Sustainable Stormwater Management, stormwater

Collaboration: 1-2-3, by Barry Fagan

Posted by Robert Adair on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Barry Fagain nails the value proposition associated with collaboration in this week's installment. We have a unique opportunity to exploit the power of this process to grow stronger, better, faster - together. But like most things, we can only get as good as we give. 

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental, collaboration

Green Infrastructure: 10 Things Every Civil Engineer Should Know

Posted by Robert Adair on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 09:42 AM

My favorite stormwater blogger, Barry Fagan, is improbably located in Alabama, improbably employed by a DOT and yet is a fascinating and intellectually challenging champion of change, particularly in the stormwater arena. I only wish he was in a position to give the presentation he outlines below, not just to the Civil Engineering department at his Alma mater, but at every civil engineering department in the country. Read on, I think you'll agree:

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Civil Engineers, Sustainable Stormwater Management

Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guide

Posted by Robert Adair on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 07:47 AM

Recently Region 3 released a publication titled, Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Governments.

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Real World Numbers: LID vs Conventional Development

Posted by Robert Adair on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Our friends at EHRA, Megan Crutcher, P.E., CFM and Justin Ring, P.E. talk about the true costs of Low Impact Development.

The cost comparison analysis they provide is based on their latest single family residential project. Camillia is a 90 acre subdivision by Legend Homes in Fort Bend County, Texas that implemented 70 FocalPoint High Performance Modular Biofiltration Systems in extended cul-de-sac bioswales. Watch this video to see a break down of the cost savings in a side by side comparison of traditional design and Low Impact Development.

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Management, Cost analysis,, single family residential,

Functional Fixedness

Posted by Robert Adair on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

One of my favorite bloggers, Barry Fagan PE/PLS, CPESC, leads Alabama DOT’s Environmental Program, as well as being ALDOT’s unoffical Chief Evironmental Evangelist. His blogs are always entertaining, thoughtful  and well reasoned. He’s given me permission to share them with you occassionally, and I believe Barry’s blog this week , offers a paticularly useful insight….

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High Performance Biofiltration System for LID-Based Roadways

Posted by Robert Adair on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Land and Water Magazine published an article recently that details the use of the High Performance Modular Biofiltration System (HPMBS) in Harris County, Texas’ first green roadway, Birnamwoods Drive. The HPMBS is an ideal solution for developing LID-based roads and Harris County has now implemented this technology on several roadway projects, with others in design or construction. Roadway projects using HPMBS have also been constructed in the City of Houston, including the Bagby Street urban green street project, which was recently named the first Greenroads Certified project in the state of Texas. Others have been completed, are in construction or in design around the state.

HPMBS delivers the water quality benefits of bioretention while significantly reducing or eliminating the major obstacles to its use in roadways. Most important, construction costs and long term maintenance costs are a small fraction of what they would be with traditional bioretention. If you’re curious about how that might work, take a look at the article, written by David Batts from our Houston-based VAR, Construction EcoServices.
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Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Environmental, Bioretention Design, Biofiltration Systems

Stormwater Infrastructure: No Longer a Stepchild?

Posted by Robert Adair on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 09:25 AM

Several weeks ago I was honored to be an invited participant at a small White House sponsored conference to explore how to accelerate the nationwide implementation of Green Infrastructure. It was truly an interesting experience and one that I believe it's safe to say, the 80 invitees and 20 or so observers from across the country, came away from feeling energized about. Voices were heard, ideas were explored in detail, and action plans expressed. I've intended to write a blog about the day-long event but our friend Seth Brown, Stormwater Program and Policy Manager, at Water Environment Federation, and occasional Guest Blogger on this site, beat me to it with a posting that captures the essence of the event very well. You'll find it by following this link:

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental

Scattershooting while wondering...how The Brain maintains his unflagging commitment to "try and take over the world."

Posted by Robert Adair on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 08:49 AM

[A tip of the hat to retired legendary Dallas Time Herald sports reporter Blackie Sherrod who introduced the idea of scattershooting, i.e., bouncing through a variety of topics in a single column, often producing interesting tidbits and food for thought.]

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Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Stormwater Management, Bioretention Design

Seizing the Day...and a New Future for Stormwater Management

Posted by Robert Adair on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in a landmark event held in Annapolis, Maryland. It was a two-day Roundtable discussion related to how Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) can be utilized more effectively to lower costs, improve performance and ultimately provide the basis for a more rapid and reliable solution to the challenges of meeting Chesapeake Bay urban retrofit TMDL goals.

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Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Stormwater Management, Bioretention Design