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August 16, 2013 – 1,761 views
Public Works Resource
Due to recurring drought and storm conditions, potable water for landscapes seems to be increasingly unviable. Most people tend to wastefully irrigate their gardens with water, which is mostly used for human consumption. Through integrated landscape designs, we can arrive at... Full Story 
July 15, 2013 – 2,004 views
Public Works Resource
A roundabout is an intersection in traffic that is circular and allows for passage of vehicles without the need for a traffic signal. The road at the junction is built in a circular way around a space in the center through which the road does not pass. Around this space, vehicles continuously take the leading and intersecting roads without the need for a traffic signal to direct the flow... Full Story 
June 14, 2013 – 2,163 views
Public Works Resource
The ability to foresee the unforeseen is a necessary skill for estimating the hidden costs of infrastructure development. Even the clearest and carefully worded disclaimer about unknown variables is likely to go unnoticed and unremembered when a project exceeds expected costs. The key to reducing the number of unknown variables is to gather as much information as possible before projecting costs for a project... Full Story 
May 7, 2013 – 1,107 views
Public Works Resource
In a volatile financial market, municipalities need money more than ever to build and expand local initiatives. Federal monies are much slower coming down the pike and private financing is getting much more difficult to procure even for cities, towns and counties with good credit - banks simply do not want to lend money to projects that do not have a short term and extremely low risk profile. This basically reduces private banks to lending to corporations on the basis of account ledgers, which municipalities have a harder time providing. However, there is still a way for all municipalities to raise money for local projects... Full Story 
April 17, 2013 – 1,081 views
Emerson Paynode
Storm water is water that has accumulated from periods of acute precipitation. The term can also be applied to water that originates from melted snow, which then enters the storm water system. Storm water that is not absorbed into the ground becomes surface runoff, which either flows into surface waterways or is channeled into storm sewers. Surface runoff also discharges into natural water sources such as rivers and lakes... Full Story 
April 4, 2013 – 1,101 views
Emerson Paynode
When storms and heavy rains come, the possibility of flooding is always present. In rural areas, this is rarely a problem because the soil, trees, and other plants easily absorb any excess water in the ground. However, for urban areas, concrete and other impervious materials prevent the absorption of runaway water into the ground. Thus, a lot of drains and elaborate sewer systems are in place to help keep flooding from inundating cities... Full Story 
March 15, 2013 – 1,214 views
Dan Biersdorf - Biersdorf & Associates
In eminent domain cases, sometimes the condemning authority does not follow the proper steps as required by eminent domain law. For example, the condemning authority might take a portion of your property or property rights without formally declaring a taking and paying you just compensation. When this occurs, the property owner has the right to inverse condemnation. This means they can go to court, explain that the actions of the condemning authority amount to a taking of property, and move on to the damages phase of their case... Full Story 
March 11, 2013 – 1,138 views
Emerson Paynode
Industrial pollutants in rainwater runoff and storm sewer systems have degraded the environment so much that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Regulations for Storm Water Discharge (40 CFR 122) for industrial facilities discharging storm water. Industrial facilities must find a way to separate grease, oil, and other pollutants out of water runoff to meet federal, state, and local requirements... Full Story 

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