More stories about Commissioning

  • Bacteria in the Bayous

    In urban waterways, bacteria can come from many sources: storm-water runoff, illicit discharges, wildlife, leaking septic systems, sanitary sewer overflows, stream sediments, wastewater effluent, topsoil, and leaking sanitary sewer systems. Some contribute pollutants during dry weather and some...

  • Sewer District Cuts $8 Million from Long-Term Control Plan

    Building completely separate pipelines for wastewater and stormwater is an enormously expensive proposition for which federal funds are generally unavailable, and most EPA consent decrees allow just 20 years to pay off the bonds they issue to raise money.

  • Farewell to the highway trust fund?

    Two recently formed commissons are looking at ways to shore up revenue for the perennially underfunded federal program that states, counties, and cities rely on to pay for road construction and improvements.

  • Phase II: Now what?

    Your municipality is in the midst of its first NPDES Phase II permit. What should you expect for the next one?

  • Scrutinizing your sewer

    Sewer utilities can improve performance and reverse the aging process by implementing buried infrastructure management (BIM), a systematic planning process that allows them to leverage resources to maximize the immediate and long-term benefits of every action.

  • Walking the line

    Many public agencies have created effective procedures to curb new encroachments onto rights of way. But there remains a larger issue: What to do about existing encroachments that may have been in violation for years, or even decades?

  • Baltimore/Washington announce Clean Water Act

    Two major Clean Water Act settlements recently announced by Baltimore County and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are anticipated to lead to more than $1 billion in sewer system improvements.