We have curated several informative and entertaining news stories from the stormwater industry, as well as a few other items of interest. We appreciate you taking the time to read our ezine and hope that you find this stormwater related information as interesting and informative as we do.
Until next month, please work safe and stay well.
The Construction EcoServices Staff
According to the Houston study, atmospheric conditions in the city prompted about 45% more total precipitation to fall during the storm than would have fallen without the city’s influence. The researchers theorize that cooler, denser winds from the Gulf of Mexico mixed with the warmer, lighter air above Houston to cause stronger convective forces. This caused the storm to begin approximately 30 minutes earlier than it would have without Houston’s influences, researchers describe. Additionally, even after sea breezes tapered off, residual heat from the city continued to drive convection and resulted in a longer storm.
Containing specific provisions to address plastic debris in stormwater runoff, SOS 2.0 intends to empower state and local governments to better manage plastics and microplastics in runoff. Microplastics in runoff are considered one of the most prevalent sources of U.S. marine-plastic pollution. In addition to addressing plastics in stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water, SOS 2.0 also subsidizes new grants, studies, and projects to identify reuse opportunities for environmentally hazardous discarded materials such as plastic packaging.
Last year, more than 800 U.S. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program permittees shared information about the challenges facing their organizations and the resources they need to surmount them. Survey administrators partnered with software developer 2NDNATURE to create a dynamic Data Dashboard that adds context to the results. Dashboard users can filter survey results by location, organization type, service population, and other factors, as well as how those values have changed over time.
The program is one of the recommendations included in the Incentives for Green Development study and report, released in August of 2019 and funded by the Houston Endowment. It will offer direct tax abatements to qualifying projects through an application process, which further the goals outlined in Resilient Houston, the City’s Resilience Strategy released in February of 2020. Resilient Houston also identified a target of at least 100 new green stormwater infrastructure projects by 2025.
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FEATURED VIDEO CASE STUDY
As Hurricane Season 2021 begins, let’s revisit the Downtown Houston Project repairing an eroded Buffalo Bayou slope caused by Hurricane Harvey.
It was the flood water forces resulting from Hurricane Harvey that damaged both the supporting hillside and Bayou Place to the extent that the building needed to be closed. Four days of unrelenting downpour created an overwhelming amount of stormwater runoff that brought the rushing Bayou above the building’s foundation line, allowing the turbulent water to chip away at the building’s concrete base, as well as wash away layers upon layers of the hillside. As Harvey pulled away and the water receded, several large holes in the building wall became visible, meaning the entire underbelly of Bayou Place had been flooded and was now open to the elements. In addition, the once vegetated hillside below the building was decimated, leaving it vulnerable to erosion and now an unsightly section of Buffalo Bayou Walk. Houston First, the building’s management company, would need to repair the damage to both the building’s wall and the hillside.
- Only 1% of the water on Earth is readily available for human use. This water recycles through the water cycle. We are using the same water from years ago.
- One gallon of soap washed down a storm drain can pollute 200,000 gallons of water.
- One quart of used motor oil washed down a storm drain can pollute up to 250,000 gallons of water.
- Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one water pollutant.
- Due to hard surfaces like pavement and rooftops, a typical city block generates five times more runoff than a woodland area of the same size.
TSPE Conference & 83rd Annual Meeting
The TSPE Conference & 83rd Annual Meeting will be held June 16, 2021 at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas. This meeting is a great opportunity to meet other professional engineers of multiple disciplines from all areas of Texas. It is also a convenient and worthwhile way to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) which are required in Texas to renew your PE License. Our seminars will include the required PDHs in ethics for professional engineers as well as topics that address the professional, economic, social and political aspects of engineering in Texas.
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Getting Smart about Stormwater: Webinar
June 18 @ 11CST
David Batts, VP of Construction EcoServices, will take us on a journey charting the progression of stormwater from gray to green to smart. Seth Brown, Executive Director of the NMSA, illustrates how smart stormwater strategies can be utilized to generate credit offsets and set the stage for a CBP3 program approach. And finally, Joan Nassauer, a professor in the School for Environment & Sustainability at the University of Michigan, shares recent research into how certain noticeable changes in landscapes affected by smart stormwater systems, combined with characteristics of communities where smart stormwater systems are being considered for implementation, may affect community acceptance of these systems.
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2021 EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference – Weathering the Storm: Resiliency & Protection Through Design
EPA Region 6, in partnership with, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana Jefferson Parish, and the Sewage & Water Board of New Orleans, are hosting the 23rd Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference enables knowledge sharing, education and discussion on Municipal, Construction & Industrial Stormwater Management, Watershed Protection Planning & Implementation, and Advancing Resiliency in Water Infrastructure, Special Water Programs, and other innovative stormwater management topics.
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