Insights by Kari Nichols, PE

A watershed protected: Drinking water and habitat
A watershed protected: Drinking water and habitat

The Bull Run Watershed is managed in collaboration with many entities.

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Cautious implementation of low impact development recommended
Cautious implementation of low impact development recommended

Many communities want the well-publicized benefits of green infrastructure, aka low impact development. However, LID may also have potentially adverse impacts.

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Diversifying the engineering profession takes continued support
Diversifying the engineering profession takes continued support

This week we celebrate National Engineers Week, which made me curious about the number of women currently in engineering.

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Converging federal regulations impact floodplains and critical habitat
Converging federal regulations impact floodplains and critical habitat

NMFS concluded that implementation of NFIP is likely to jeopardize the existence of 16 species protected by the ESA in Oregon due to impacts to critical habitat.

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Capital improvement project prioritization: Which projects to fund?
Capital improvement project prioritization: Which projects to fund?

Municipalities have the arduous job of maintaining an acceptable level of service for public infrastructure, being responsible stewards of taxpayer money and providing long-term sustainability of a community.

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Navigating the regulatory process for our wetlands and waterways
Navigating the regulatory process for our wetlands and waterways

Successful project execution can be achieved by getting your regulators involved early when wetlands and waterways are involved.

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One Water: The value of stormwater
One Water: The value of stormwater

Capturing and reusing stormwater reduces the overall water supply demand. It can be done by recharging ground water aquifers for water use or harvesting rainwater for irrigation.

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Transportation projects: Enhanced by decentralized green infrastructure
Transportation projects: Enhanced by decentralized green infrastructure

A decentralized approach of distributing small-scale green infrastructure throughout a project is most effective.

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MS4 communities: Keeping it all in sync
MS4 communities: Keeping it all in sync

MS4 communities are continually faced with keeping codes and design standards in sync with federal and state requirements, and evolving best management practices related to stormwater management.

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Path towards dynamic equilibrium
Path towards dynamic equilibrium

Earlier this month I attended the River Restoration Northwest Symposium held at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. I started the week with a short course on Stream Restoration Hydraulics

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