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

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,

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