Insights by Kari Nichols, PE

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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Fish passage due to award-winning collaboration
Fish passage due to award-winning collaboration

The Roseburg Regional Airport asked for improved safety, which we helped deliver. They also received improvements to the local environs while maintaining floodplain functions.

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Keeping our toolboxes stocked
Keeping our toolboxes stocked

Expanding the engineering toolbox to keep it well-stocked benefits engineers and clients, but feedback after tool implementation really helps enhance tool application.

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Newton Creek gets a step up
Newton Creek gets a step up

Newton Creek demonstrates how smart fish passage design allowed a runway extension for safety to proceed.

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New ways to overcome fish passage challenges
New ways to overcome fish passage challenges

Technical challenges for fish passage present opportunities for consultants and clients to achieve new ways of protecting migratory fish.

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The whole picture

Involving stakeholders early in the project process identifies goals and objectives. Doing so vets competing interests and leads to a balanced project solution.

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Endorsing engineering

Each year, Engineers Week reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the nation largely through volunteer support by engineering professionals.

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Natural progression back to the natural cycle – Part 3

Although water quantity and quality components were becoming standard with new development, and municipalities were enforcing construction site and post-construction best management practices, awareness was growing regarding increased runoff volume and broader water quality impacts.

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A natural progression back to the natural cycle – Part 1

This three part series investigates the history and evolution of stormwater management from nuisance to benefit.

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