Insights by Kari Nichols, PE

Get rid of over-paving for healthier communities
Get rid of over-paving for healthier communities

Unnecessary pavement contributes to stormwater pollution, degrading water quality, and disconnects us from the natural world.

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To improve water quality, focus on the source!
To improve water quality, focus on the source!

Water Environment Federation made a recent announcement that stormwater infrastructure will soon receive a national report card.

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Keeping a pulse on stormwater trends: the future is GSI
Keeping a pulse on stormwater trends: the future is GSI

Green infrastructure practices continue to gain ground, leading to code modifications, new maintenance practices, and community support—along with healthier, livable communities and environs.

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Growing through diversity
Growing through diversity

I look forward to the Women Leading Water symposium to network and share experiences with my fellow women engineers. Each year I leave the day feeling empowered, full of new knowledge, more optimistic about the future, and eager to share.

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Ecology and engineering intersect to make “room for floods”
Ecology and engineering intersect to make “room for floods”

Climate change is producing increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. This growing uncertainty necessitates alternative management strategies.

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Waste not, want not: reclaimed water can help secure a sustainable future
Waste not, want not: reclaimed water can help secure a sustainable future

Water, in all its forms, is valuable, and our collective future depends on careful use of this resource. Large quantities of water supply withdrawals can be saved by wastewater reuse, so reuse of water will necessarily increase with the global population and climate change.

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Mitigation site provides economic and environmental uplift to the region
Mitigation site provides economic and environmental uplift to the region

When an airport and a creek intersect creating hazards to airfield safety, waterway functions can be replaced elsewhere providing an opportunity.

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Consider social equity in stormwater retrofits
Consider social equity in stormwater retrofits

Communities benefit when social equity is a factor when prioritizing stormwater retrofits.

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LID retrofit fulfills unique benefits: walking trail, native plantings, sustainable facility
LID retrofit fulfills unique benefits: walking trail, native plantings, sustainable facility

y implementing LID BMPs, we were able to impact social, environmental and economic outcomes for our client.

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Low impact development retrofits: Addressing site constraints
Low impact development retrofits: Addressing site constraints

Evaluating various design alternatives of a neighborhood-scale low impact development retrofit project requires understanding and addressing site-specific constraints.

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