Tag Archives: Stormwater

Award-Winning Bio-Filtration Wetlands Improve Water Quality for City of Aliso Viejo

The City of Aliso Viejo’s (City’s) Dairy Fork wetland and habitat restoration project uses bio-filtration wetlands to naturally treat urban runoff from about 1,500 acres of mixed residential and commercial areas within South Orange County. Bio-Filtration Wetlands Best Practices Bio-filtration wetlands are the accepted best management practice for treating stormwater and urban runoff before it

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Innovative Wetlands Water Treatment Project will Improve OC Water Quality

The City of Aliso Viejo (City) has started construction on its third wetlands project to naturally treat water runoff and improve water quality and restore natural habitat near a local creek. The Dairy Fork wetlands water treatment project will restore natural habitat near Aliso Creek and reduce pollutants by up to 99% in water runoff

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How to Fortify Your Property to Avoid Winter Storm Damage

California’s 4-year drought may have further exacerbated rain- and drainage-related issues such as shrinking wood structures creating leak points; vegetation, debris, or sediment build-up that impedes drainage; and unnoticeable changes in upstream drainage patterns that may have downstream impacts. To protect property and structures from costly erosion and water damage anticipated due to El Niño’s

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Ensuring Construction and Stormwater Compliance During Wet Weather Events

The potentially strong El Niño and exceptional rain this winter requires project owners pay special attention to Construction General Permit (CGP) and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) regulations to ensure construction site compliance and avoid project delays and violations. Paul Walsh, a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) with Dudek, said “The most effective SWPPP designs utilize

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5th and 6th Graders Add Stormwater Quality to Curriculum

Students in the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) are developing and writing campus Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) as part of a year-long program. Support and enhanced education is provided by the cities of Encinitas and Carlsbad, Encina Wastewater Authority, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, and Dudek. Students Become SWPPP Interns Last year, EUSD hired Bill

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Tips for CGP and SWPPP Compliance

We are in the midst of the California rainy season, and construction project sites must be compliant with the Construction General Permit (CGP) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) regulations to avoid project delays and violations. “The most effective SWPPP designs combine environmental knowledge to ensure regulatory compliance while minimizing SWPPP implementation and maintenance

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Analyzing Surface Water Issues during Solar Site Evaluations

Analyzing surface water issues when evaluating a solar site for development can play a pivotal role in successfully entitling, permitting, and operating a project. The following outlines three key considerations. Surface Water Analysis Requires Thorough Hydrology and Hydraulics Due Diligence Hydrology and hydraulics surface water analysis should go beyond a simple Federal Emergency Management Agency

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California Urban Area Bioswales

Although requiring more space than conventional concrete-lined open channels, habitat-friendly bioswales are now a common substitute for impervious channels in California urban and suburban areas. Bioswales are an ecological method to meet stormwater treatment regulations for pollutant removal while maintaining stormwater management efficiency. Designed with drought-tolerant, native habitat vegetation, bioswales remove stormwater pollutants by filtration,

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