Insights by Kari Nichols, PE

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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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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