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The Construction EcoServices Staff
Hydroseeding Provides Eco-Friendly Solution on Job Sites
To complete these projects, the MCTC Joint Venture (MCTC-JV), needed to earn a Notice of Termination, which requires revegetation efforts along the newly constructed railways. There were several ways the group could fulfill this requirement: to control erosion, the contractor could install erosion control blankets or use hydraulically applied erosion control products (HECPs); to amend the soil, contractors could truck in compost or use soil amendments. To better understand all options available to them, MCTC-JV met with erosion control and revegetation professionals to develop a solution that would work on the first try.
Nature Can Reduce Costs, Extend Life Of Infrastructure Projects
“People tend to think of roads and bridges when we say ‘infrastructure,’ but infrastructure is really anything that represents the foundation we build society on, including our waterways, coastlines and ports,” he said. “Transitioning from concrete and steel to natural elements is not ideal for every project, but we need to begin looking at ways to implement these methods, especially where natural change is dynamic and projects need to be more flexible within the changing environment.”
Key Programs From Landmark $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Act
Last Friday the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Act”), which passed the Senate on August 10, 2021, was passed in the House. The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Act includes $550 billion in new funding for private and public sector initiatives related to energy, transportation, water, manufacturing, technology, and environmental infrastructure. Here are some of the key programs in the Infrastructure Act:
10 Reasons Why You Must Pay Attention to the Water Shortage
If you are currently living in a drought stricken area, you have been experiencing firsthand the impact of a water shortage. For the rest of us, we occasionally hear about it in the news but it doesn’t necessarily impact our daily lives. That is about to change. Water shortages are real and with climate changes are going to be more widespread and frequent. Water shortages impact everything in our daily lives—the economy, food, energy, disease, and our overall livelihood. Everything from where you vacation to how you do your laundry will be impacted a water shortage. Here are ten things that you should know about water shortages.
Ocean Pollution – From Land to River to Ocean to Fish to Your Mouth
Ocean pollution is a complex mixture of toxic metals, plastics, manufactured chemicals, petroleum, urban and industrial wastes, pesticides, fertilizers, pharmaceutical chemicals, agricultural runoff, and sewage. More than 80% arises from land-based sources and it reaches the oceans through rivers, runoff, deposition from the atmosphere – where airborne pollutants are washed into the ocean by rain and snow – and direct dumping, such as pollution from waste water treatment plants and discarded waste. Ocean pollution is heaviest near the coasts and most highly concentrated along the coastlines of low-income and middle-income countries.
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PAST 2021 ISSUES
Local Fire Station’s 3-Alarm Disaster of a Detention Pond Gets Remediated
Even your local fire station must address the amount of stormwater that falls on the station’s property. As with most developments today, a large detention pond was built to retain the stormwater at Harris County ESD No. 48, Fire Station No. 5, located in Katy, Texas. Unfortunately, the pond’s original design and development did not hold up well to the elements and stopped operating as expected, largely due to poor slope stabilization. Being keenly aware of the environmental risks of a poorly operational detention pond, as well as the stormwater regulatory compliance violations, the fire department looked to the Construction EcoServices and Jacobs Engineering team to renovate the pond and bring it back to proper operational status
Myth: Water is plentiful.
BUSTED: Although 70 percent of the earth is made of water, only 3 percent of the water is drinkable, while 97 percent is saltwater or otherwise undrinkable.
Myth: The average person does not use that much water.
BUSTED: The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.
Myth: Dishwashers waste more water than hand washing.
BUSTED: An automatic dishwasher uses 4 to 6 gallons of water, whereas hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water.
Myth: Taking a bath uses less water than taking a shower.
BUSTED: A full bath tub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
The market size of the United States Stormwater Management Market was estimated to be 5315 million in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.79% to reach 8434 million by 2026.
An increase in the number and intensity of landslides due to heavy storms, snow and rainfall is expected to drive the adoption of stormwater management solutions for efficient water management and sustainable infrastructure development.
Moreover, technological advancements, growing investments towards water infrastructure and management systems, and shifting focus of government towards the adoption of advanced water management systems as compared to traditional wastewater and water management systems is expected to fuel the growth of the United States Stormwater Management Market in the coming years.
For this research, the market is segmented into Grassed Swales, Rain Gardens, Pervious Pavement, Green Roofs and others. Grassed Swales segment dominated the market in 2020 and is expected to maintain its market dominance during the forecast period. Grassed swales are vegetated channels designed to treat and attenuate stormwater runoff for a specified water quality volume. As stormwater runoff flows through the channels, it is treated through filtering by the vegetation in the channel, filtering through a subsoil matrix, and/or infiltration into the underlying soils.
The municipal segment was the largest contributing segment by application in 2020 and is expected to maintain its market dominance during the forecast period and this is due to the large number of infrastructure projects pertaining to the collection of runoff water to avoid environmental and water pollution carried out by the municipalities. Municipalities across the country are building grassed swales, bio-retention ponds, and pervious pavement to restore stormwater to avoid water pollution, which is expected to bring vast growth opportunities over the coming years.
Based on region, South region held the largest share in the United States Stormwater Management Market in 2020 and is expected to maintain the market dominance during the forecast period. South region accounts for the dominating share in the country’s stormwater management market, owing to the presence of highly precipitated states including Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Additionally, states like Texas and Oklahoma are susceptible to a large number of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, hailstorms, etc., which are expected to increase demand for stormwater management in the region.
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