Insights by Kari Nichols, PE

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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Capitalizing on green infrastructure means training and maintenance
Capitalizing on green infrastructure means training and maintenance

Breaking down the obstacles to the green infrastructure revolution by considering maintenance in design selection and providing training opportunities for maintenance staff.

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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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Valuing our natural systems: Community asset management
Valuing our natural systems: Community asset management

Natural systems, such as waterways and wetlands, can be incorporated into a community asset management framework just as we do for other traditional capital improvements.

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Key to removal of aged infrastructure: Historic dams
Key to removal of aged infrastructure: Historic dams

Civil engineers apply rigorous study and consideration to removing infrastructure.

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