Category: General Civil / Municipal

Bioswales: More Than Just a Ditch

Consider the lowly ditch: a sometimes weed-choked area along the side of the roadway or at the edge of a parking lot. It’s there to catch precipitation draining off the solid surface – and too often also becomes a catch basin for discarded aluminum cans and fast-food wrappers. But here’s a twist: What if a… Read More »

Something to Celebrate: Long-Term Partnerships

So far, the year 2020 has brought surprise after (frequently unwelcome) surprise. One thing that hasn’t been surprising is the dedication of many essential service workers. Beyond healthcare and emergency workers, municipal and utility workers all over the nation also showed their dedication by keeping the lights on, the water running, the garbage picked up,… Read More »

UNDER PRESSURE: How Municipal Water Commutes to Work

For the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Ayres designed a 1.5-million-gallon water tank located in a west-side high-pressure zone, an area that includes two business parks. By Michael Stoffel, PE With a mere turn of the faucet, water arrives when and where we need it so routinely that few give this modern-day miracle a second… Read More »