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

'Next Generation' Low Impact Development Technology

Posted by David Batts on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 09:43 AM

Making the Case for High Flow Biofiltration Systems

We all know the history of Low Impact Development (LID). Developed in Prince George's County, Maryland in the early '90s, adopted throughout the Chesapeake Bay, gradually adopted in the Northwest and the Great Lakes and now picking up steam and moving coast to coast; it's an important part of the upcoming post construction rulemaking and TMDL responses; and its rightfully recognized as a key piece to solving our water quality, volume and velocity woes and to meeting our sustainable development goals.

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

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

Innovate Not...Because I Can't Possibly Reach a National Market.

Posted by Robert Adair on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

Innovate or Die (part 3). Although innovative stormwater quality product offerings which deliver higher performance and reduce costs of compliance are desperately needed in public infrastructure and private development, they are few and far between. As we said a couple of weeks ago, the reasons why are numerous; let’s take a look at another one.

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

When Cookie-Cutters Won't Cut It

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

Industry Guest Blogger, Seth Brown, Joins The Innovation Conversation                                                                                                   The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has recently launched a new strategic direction,with innovation being a major focus under this new vision.  While the term “innovation” is used these days as liberally as “sustainability” was used a few years ago, WEF intends to put meat on the bones of our new innovation initiative by supporting approaches in the water sector that challenge the status quo and breakdown barriers that impede the creative thinking needed to address the water stresses our country, and the world, face now, and to a greater degree, will face in the future. 

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

Innovate Not.....Because the regulations prevent it.

Posted by Robert Adair on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

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

Innovate or Die

Posted by Robert Adair on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:45 AM

This is the underlying theme in the technology industry. It’s a mantra with a sense of urgency and primal struggle that drives innovation which has fundamentally changed the world many times in the last thirty years. It’s an ‘in your face’ challenge that’s led to the solution of problems previously thought to be unsolvable, some relatively insignificant, and others so massive and complex that they’re hard for mere mortals to fathom.

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

Analyzing Biofiltration Media Performance for Stormwater Solutions

Posted by David Batts on Fri, Feb 03, 2012 @ 02:32 PM

The short and long term performance of engineered media specified for use in biofiltration systems is something that must be taken into account when utilizing bioretention as the primary solution for stormwater management and stormwater quality. Many times only the short term infiltration rates of a biofiltration media are considered as instead of what actually takes place over time. Another common mistake is to assume that results attained with one batch of the biofiltration media will be the same results with the next batch using identical specifications. Although biofiltration medias are “man-made” they are still a natural system that are always evolving.  Plant type, the biological health of the system, the weather patterns for a given time period, and many other variables create this discrepancy among the different batches of biofiltration media.

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

The Houston Low Impact Development Experience

Posted by Robert Adair on Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:39 PM

Houston is undoubtedly more often thought of as an example of urban sprawl than as a model for sustainable development. However, some in the EPA (particularly in Region 3, which encompasses the critically challenged Chesapeake Bay watershed) actually see Houston as a good example of how to move rapidly from an unsustainable to a sustainable development model. As Dov Weitman, Chief of the EPA’s Nonpoint Source Control Division put it, “The bottom line is they just implemented an amazing consciousness raising process that has hundreds (at least) of developers, civil engineers, architects,landscape architects, etc., thinking differently about stormwater than they did six months ago. And the way they did it seems to me to be replicable in cities across the country.”

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Stormwater Management