Tags: Low Impact Development
A major hurdle for a stormwater designer is ensuring the performance of the system after it’s been constructed. It doesn’t matter how good the design looks on paper, if it’s not constructed properly and within specification, the system is bound to clog or fail. In the 16 years that Construction EcoServices (CES) has been in business, we have seen this happen all too often, sometimes at the expense of the design firm or the end user. Those opportunities gave us the chance to learn how to prevent failure and ensure performance. We learned that stormwater management systems for GI need performance criteria, they help establish liability during construction. On a recent project in North Texas, the use of performance specifications prevented the premature failure of a newly installed bioretention system.Read More
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As you may know, Construction EcoServices has had representation throughout Texas for many years, offering engineer-specified stormwater management solutions. We are pleased to announce that in addition, we are now expanding our Construction Compliance Services (SWPPP) and Post-Construction Stormwater Compliance Services (SWQ/WPAP/SWQMP) to both Central and North Texas.
The turnkey model we pioneered for providing construction and post-construction compliance services in Southeast Texas, and now in Central and North Texas, has proven to deliver the highest level of compliance at the lowest possible cost. We are a valued liaison between our clients and regulators, and act as change agents in supporting the best interests of our client-partners as new regulations spread across the state. Differing rules among municipalities and counties create the need for the ongoing development of expertise and relationships to ensure that our clients are compliant everywhere they operate. Developers, general contractors and subcontractors, engineers, architects, landscape architects, property owners and property management firms, as well as regulators, permitting and enforcement agencies all rely on our expertise.Read More
Due to strict detention requirements in the City of Houston and Harris County, problems can arise very quickly for groups working through the preliminary engineering stage of a project. With added issues such as a particularly shallow outfall, and TXDOT approval, due diligence is a prerequisite to beginning any such project. One example of a project in which performing due diligence in the beginning stages saved both time and energy was a project presented to Construction EcoServices and a partnering engineering firm. The site needed a solution that could work in a 3.5’ section and detain 21,140 cubic feet in a very condensed area which also happened to outfall into a TXDOT right of way.Read More
Concrete pipe and catch basins has been a common tool for engineers to convey runoff from impervious areas, but traditional grey infrastructure isn’t always the solution. This is a scenario that plays out regularly during downpours in older regions of Fort Worth, especially on Texas Christian University’s (TCU) campus. Flooding in North Texas during 2015 and 2016 made this problem even more apparent, with some areas receiving more than double the average annual rainfall. TCU took steps to solve this problem by taking advantage of next generation Low Impact Development (LID) practices.Read More
A common issue with pond slopes in the greater Houston area is loss of adequate vegetation. Quality vegetation is vital to maintaining a functioning slope as a quality root structure is what keeps all dirt in place. Langham Creek YMCA was approaching their deadline for their annual Stormwater Quality permit renewal. Being their stormwater consultants for the property, we advised them of the challenges they were experiencing. The issues were lack of adequate vegetation in various areas of their SWQ pond as well as excessive rilling and erosion on the slopes. These conditions would prevent the Engineer from certifying that the pond was in compliance with Harris County regulations and would prevent them from renewing their annual Stormwater Quality permit.Read More
Tags: Pond Stabilization, slope stabilization, hydraulic erosion control, vegetation, harris county stormwater regulations, stormwater quality permit renewal, harris county stormwater quality permit, case study
Cities all over Texas are beginning their annual budget cycle in order to be able to pass a balanced budget by the end of September. Public Works officials have identified their street maintenance priorities and are preparing to justify their budget to the City Councils. There is never enough money or resources to satisfy all the needs of a City or County. But what if I told you there was a way to stretch your street maintenance dollars. What if I told you that the streets that you repave this year can get 50 percent or more life expectancy and at the same time, be more rut and crack resistant extending the normal degradation of the pavement condition index.
The innovative and forward thinking officials at the City of Seguin asked that question and have taken the first step to armor their roads. City Engineer, Joe Ramos, PE, and Public Works Manager, John Donnelly asked the right questions and got the right answers.Read More
Stabilized Construction Exits (SCE)
One of the most important tools in preventing stormwater pollution from a construction site is the Stabilized Construction Exit (SCE). Also referred as - Stabilized Construction Access, Construction Exit, Exit, Rock Exit, etc. These can be made of various materials, however, the majority are done with rock. The specification for a rock exit is very specific. This type of BMP, if not done per spec and not maintained regularly, is one of the major citizen complaints that initiates a visit by a city or MS4 inspector. This ultimately could lead to violation of compliance and costly fines. The spec is as follows:
The stormwater and Civil Engineering Industry is one of the most highly regulated markets in the United States. Recently, within that market, one particular topic of discussion consistently comes up. - That their simply are no easy sites left when it comes to civil design and the stormwater regulations associated with it.
This isn't entirely true. There are various stormwater technologies that actually make regulations work in favor of the developer. Low Impact Development (LID) is not only a more environmentally conscious solution to stormwater civil design, it can also be a more cost-effective solution.
For instance, it may allow a developer to take a space with site constraints, that would have been too expensive to develop or simply not feasible using traditional methods and transform the site into a viable, economical, and environmentally conscious showcase for the developer.Read More