More stories about Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

  • Pond potential

    Many areas within Florida's Orange County contain secondary outfalls that discharge into landlocked lakes. The county has no easement agreement or right of way (ROW) for these outfalls, which historically conveyed floodwater from upstream areas where most of the stormwater system predates...

  • Desalination development pushed

    Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., has introduced legislation to increase the federal government's role in developing desalination plants.

  • Pumping out the water

  • Making choices on the frontline

    The final responsibility for all decisions made in any business belongs to the manager. Managers strive to make informed decisions that will improve communication with staff, implement efficient business practices, and provide speedy resolutions to problems. Clear communication with staff allows...

  • Embracing controversy with confidence

    The most challenging aspect of a municipal water professional's job is not always technology, budgets, and capacity issues. Rather, it is often the increased levels of public attention and conflict over new policies and projects. Managers, engineers, and their customers are finding that they need...

  • Fake grass, real controversy

    In December, Ed Ehlen covered his 11,000-square-foot yard with artificial turf. The Marco Island, Fla., resident stated that the green covering is more aesthetically pleasing than grass, promotes water conservation, and doesn't require harmful pesticides or fertilizers to maintain its appeal.

  • EQAB helps solve tough beaver dam problem

  • Sound environmental advice

  • Replenishing ground water

    Despite the recent dramatic rains in California. Orange County remains in the midst of a prolonged drought affecting the entire Western United States. And with projections for large population increases of up to 500,000 people by 2020, combined with other environmental and political factors, Orange...

  • Teeing up a solution

    Despite the fact that Florida is surrounded by water, an increasing demand for a fresh water supply—especially for irrigation purposes—is a challenge many municipal officials in the state continually face.