stormwater

  • P&N’s pipe-cam helps clients stretch their pipe inspection budgets

    P&N’s pipe-cam helps clients stretch their pipe inspection budgets

    August 25, 2014

    Many communities routinely televise the inside of buried pipes before they design a road or street project. If you have a limited budget, you might consider pre-screening pipelines using P&N’s pipe-cam. For a small investment, you can see inside as many as 30 manholes a day for a fraction of the cost of televising, saving […]

  • Lyons completes downtown project

    Lyons completes downtown project

    August 7, 2014

    Using a $670,000 MEDC Downtown Infrastructure Grant, the Village of Lyons (Ionia County) re-paved, beautified, improved drainage, and added parking to serve its downtown area. The Village had parallel storm sewer systems running on both sides of Bridge Street, one of which was a 6-inch clay sewer that dated from the Work Progress Administration circa […]

  • What will happen when all this snow melts?

    What will happen when all this snow melts?

    February 18, 2014

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. I just returned from a warm vacation, and whenever I’m away, I always wonder what’s going on at home. This time, I wondered how much more snow could pile up in my driveway. Answer: six inches! As I look out my office window right now, it’s still snowing. I’m already dreaming […]

  • Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    May 30, 2013

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. Unlike many Grand Rapidians, I missed the worst of Grand Rapids’ Great Flood of 2013. I was in Clearwater, Florida, reading the national news about our flood from the safety of my beach chair. Being in a relaxed and contemplative state, I began to ruminate about “our” flood in terms as […]

  • Green Streets in Michigan – APWA Annual Meeting Presentation

    Green Streets in Michigan – APWA Annual Meeting Presentation

    May 24, 2013

    Did your community experience flooding and subsequent issues this spring?  Have you considered using Low Impact Development (LID) or stormwater best management practices for your storm sewer system? Jim Hegarty, P.E. and Jason Washler, P.E. gave a presentation yesterday at the American Public Works (APWA) conference at Shanty Creek Resort in Belaire, Michigan, about how […]

  • Lifelong Learning at Calvin – Water

    Lifelong Learning at Calvin – Water

    October 24, 2012

    Tom Newhof has been speaking at Calvin College weekly in a series about Water for the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). His talks tackle the relevant issues of Great Lakes health, water conservation, water quality, stormwater, and water treatment and come from his 52 years of experience as an engineer specializing in water. His […]

  • Low Impact Development

    Low Impact Development

    September 27, 2012

    Click below to view a snazzy introduction to Low Impact Development (LID) as it relates to stormwater management. As we’ve said before, stormwater management is an emerging issue in West Michigan as methods and technologies are changing. Stormwater Management Technologies for Low Impact Development on Prezi

  • Michigan’s first pervious concrete intersection built in Ionia

    Michigan’s first pervious concrete intersection built in Ionia

    September 18, 2012

    [youtube=http://youtu.be/BBJG4rJdnA4] When the City of Ionia re-built Lafayette Street, they replaced two existing asphalt intersections with pervious concrete pavement. This video shows the City’s Vactor Truck emptying 5,000 gallons of water directly on the intersection. The water flows through the pavement, collects in the specially-designed soil below it, and infiltrates and recharges the groundwater. Jason […]

  • Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    July 10, 2012

    Rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement will filter stormwater and reduce the amount that reaches White Lake during storms — reducing pollution and flooding. This summer, Whitehall will transform a ½-mile stretch of Lake Street into Michigan’s first “green road.” The street will be equipped with a state-of-the-art stormwater system to collect runoff from 60 […]