Category: General Civil / Municipal

Best Management Practices Clean, Control Stormwater

Most communities have a substantial investment in a system that historically has been nearly invisible: the system of drains and pipes that diverts stormwater and snow melt from streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. If it’s working correctly, the system does its job, water disappears, and people go on with their day. It’s a natural system… Read More »

The Detail Behind the Design – Creating a New Community Pool

By Katie MacDonald, PE When most people see an image like the one above, hopefully they see a fun pool and a cool place to take their family in the summer. An engineer, however, tends to see all the thought that went into the site layout and pool vessel and utility design. Pool Design Starts… Read More »

Best Management Practices for Stormwater Runoff Facilities: Detention vs. Retention

April showers bring more than May flowers. Snow melt and springtime rains also bring stormwater runoff pains. Why is stormwater runoff a problem? Stormwater runoff impacts two areas: water quantity and water quality. When vegetative surface cover is replaced with streets and buildings, the rate of stormwater runoff, which starts as precipitation (rain, sleet, and… Read More »