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
In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dumped massive amounts of rain across the Houston area. The City of Houston, Harris County and other stakeholders created a plan to address the inadequacies of the region’s flood infrastructure. Unfortunately, large parts of the plans were not implemented. In 2010, the City of Houston adopted Rebuild Houston, a plan championed by engineers, to create a dedicated funding source for drainage improvements. But the pay-as-you-go funding stream meant that the projects defined in the plan would take decades to complete. That plan is still in place. After large storm events in 2015 and 2016, a variety of organizations united to decry the lack of progress by Harris County and the Corps on flood control infrastructure. On August 27, 2017, the largest rain event in U.S. history, Hurricane Harvey, made landfall, causing $125 billion in damage and loss of life. Many organizations that had decried progress on flood control infrastructure organized into Houston Stronger, an advocacy association.
Rethinking How We Develop Our Cities – Going Green
Old Miss Edu
“Without green stormwater infrastructure, a city is not doing all it can to reduce water pollution,” Alexander said. “Wise use of green infrastructure allows a city to address its stormwater runoff obligations while also improving the livability of the community. “Ordinances have to be popular to get passed, so the first step for officials is to show how green infrastructure can help make their city a better place. They can do this without ordinances by making changes to city-owned property. Put in rain gardens or even planters. Reduce curbs that prevent water from flowing into landscaped areas, especially in parking lots. This lets the water soak in, instead of flow away quickly.”
Erosion – the displacement of soil from one place to the other – can happen on large properties and small. When soil from your yard runs into the street, it can block storm water systems. Erosion is unsightly at best and an environmental problem at worst. But you can do some simple things to protect your yard – and our environment – from erosion. The best way to prevent erosion is by covering your soil. Bare soil is vulnerable to both wind and rain erosion. Soil needs to be covered year-round in order to be protected.
Fort Worth storm drain rehab program earns national award
Fort Worth Gov
The Storm Drain Rehabilitation Program builds on the city’s previous efforts and lessons learned, and it provides a strategic, long-term framework to guide condition assessment and rehabilitation. The program leans heavily on data-driven decision-making, which requires structured coordination of the data and key priorities of the internal stakeholders. “This has been a very successful program, as inspection metrics were exceeded in Year 1 and Year 2, and more than 100 high-risk pipes were identified with structural concerns and packaged as capital projects for near-term repair,” Fort Worth stormwater infrastructure manager Cannon Henry said.
Technology reduces the risks of most construction related accidents
As construction bounces back from the pandemic, industry leaders are placing a stronger emphasis on safety. Minimizing illness and injury on-site can improve employment rates and job satisfaction. The digital revolution is helping engineers create supportive construction technologies. When builders adopt job-site technologies, they reduce injuries and anxiety levels. Researchers notice higher employee productivity when individuals use technology in the workplace. Technology also increases employee morale and satisfaction by limiting injury risks.
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PAST 2021 ISSUES
Bayou Greenways Park Trailhead
Solving Difficult Drainage Issues While Enhancing the Existing Built Environment
Houston Parks Board and its project partners are transforming bayous into Greenways, carrying out an ambitious plan to create 150 miles of interconnected trails that will enable people to better explore and enjoy the city’s beautiful bayou landscape. That continuous ribbon of green extends all the way to a parking lot at the Bayou Greenways Park Trailhead, located on Studemont Street off I-10. While the lot doesn’t take up a lot of space, it has provided a great opportunity for Houston to flex its green muscles by utilizing innovative stormwater management solutions. Specifically, in the Fall of 2020, Construction EcoServices installed open join permeable pavers, which can reduce flooding, combat the costs of aging grey infrastructure, and help improve the overall quality of our waterways.
ECO On The Move
It’s Alive @ ASLA Texas
We Built Two Large Living Wall Displays for the Show
That isn’t fake grass or plants. Those are two, 4-foot high, reinforced wood and metal mesh walls, stacked up with Flex MSE, then planted and hydroseeded, for our booth at the ASLA Texas show last month. Show attendees were able to touch, feel and see this versatile product up close and “in action”. In simple terms, the Flex MSE Vegetated Wall System is comprised of brick-and-mortal style stack of geobags filled with media, with cleated interlocked plates in between each joint. Then, we hydroseeded one display using Profile Products’ Flexterra, then used various plant plugs on the other. They were quite a hit at the show and now live on the grounds of our Houston headquarters.
Our Mowing Services Just Got Bigger!
We have the tractor and now a big mowing deck. Do you have a large detention pond or field?
POND MOWING – Keeping Your Pond Functioning Properly
The lawn around Detention/Retention Ponds needs consistent mowing to maintain the functionality of the pond itself. Although there are clear functional differences between a Retention Pond and a Detention Ponds, both need the same style of lawn care and they require the right equipment that can efficiently and effectively cut grass on slopes and steep banks.
FIELD MOWING – A Healthy Field With Less Weeds
Construction EcoServices has the expertise and equipment to efficiently mow and maintain your large fields, leaving you with beautiful, healthy fields to view and/or utilize. Additionally, when a field is properly mowed on a regular basis, it creates a healthy environment for grass to thrive in, while keeping weeds and unwanted plants at bay. And, if you have both a stormwater pond and a field, we can cost-effectively take care of both for you.
Whether a business, HOA, property manager or private owner, we have your pond or field mowing needs covered. Competitive pricing. Fast and professional service.
Construction EcoServices Lunch & Learns
At Your Convenience
If you and your team would like to learn more about any of the wide variety of stormwater related topics, schedule a LUNCH & LEARN today. We can discuss with your team anything from our turnkey compliance services during construction activity to our post-construction stormwater management systems; or our stormwater quality treatment to our erosion and sediment control solutions. Learn some key information while also earning yourself a PEU. Here are a few common LUNCH & LEARN topics we discuss with our clients:
- Cost-Effective Low Impact Development
- Sustainable Site Design Solutions
- Underground Detention Options
- Rainwater Harvesting Answers
- Erosion Control Issues & Answers
- Traditional SWQ Treatment Systems
- High Performance Bioretention & Biofiltration
- SWQMP or SWPPP Documents & Compliance Services
- By the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.
- The number of people living in river basins under severe water stress is projected to reach 3.9 billion by 2050, totaling over 40% of the world’s population.
- Compared to today, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” by 2050.
- Feeding 9 billion people by 2050, will require a 60 percent increase in agricultural production and a 15 percent increase in water withdrawals.
- Water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050 (including a 400-percent rise in manufacturing water demand).
- By 2050, 1 in 5 developing countries will face water shortages, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Between 2050 and 2100, there is an 85 percent chance of a drought in the Central Plains and Southwestern United States lasting 35 years or more.
- If farmers in Kansas keep irrigating at present rates, 69 percent of the Ogallala Aquifer will be gone in 50 years.
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We offer stormwater consulting and value-engineering services, turnkey SWPPP compliance services during construction activity, erosion control solutions for slopes and channels, and post-construction compliance services for stormwater management systems for detention and stormwater quality treatment. Need help? Contact us today.