Fast Forward: Rising to the Occasion
A parking garage fitted within a stormwater overflow reservoir is designed so that it rises out of the ground during storms as the reservoir fills with water....

Austin Green
A former brownfield site in Austin, Texas, has been converted into a mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood—known as an EcoDistrict—that focuses on renewable and innovative energy systems, water conservation...

Beneath Biscayne Bay
To improve the reliability and resiliency of one of its most critical wastewater components, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department replaced more than a mile of aging force main used to convey flows...

Pipeline Protection
To improve the seismic reliability of three critical pipelines, California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District installed what is believed to be the first large-diameter earthquake-resistant ductile iron...

Water Resort Rolls With the Terrain

A Boost for Butte
The first gravity-powered municipal treatment facility featuring ceramic membranes in the United States, the Basin Creek Water Treatment Plant in Butte, Montana, uses innovative approaches to minimize...

Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity, By Sandra Postel. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2017

Maclay Highline Makeover
Looking to accommodate excess flows from the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power turned to the Maclay Highline, a dormant system once used to convey water from the aqueduct...

Senate Water Resources Bill Emerges as Possible Contender for Passage This Year
Bipartisan water resources legislation recently introduced in the Senate could become one of the few major infrastructure bills to pass Congress this year....

Central Texas Project Seeks to Ensure Water Supplies Keep Pace With Growth

Infrastructure Solutions: For Dams, Safety Comes First
Because the bulk of dams in the United States were built before this century, they are particularly plagued by aging infrastructure. Over the generations, the goal of those working on dams has moved from...

What Does the Crystal Ball Say? Energy and Water Issues Are Too Great to Ignore!
Over the past 15 years, the Geoprofessional Business Association's (GBA) Emerging Issues and Trends Committee has held a series of Crystal Ball Workshops (Workshops) to identify long-term emerging issues...

When Things Became Muddy: TVA's Response to Seepage Discharge at Boone Dam
In October 2014, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) profited from investments in a robust dam safety program. This profit did not come in the form of money, but more importantly in the protection of...

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, By Jeff Goodell. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Brewers Make Beer Using Recycled Water to Promote Potable Reuse In Arizona, Colorado

Whose "Fault" Is This? Overcoming Faulting and Ancient Landslides in a Dam Abutment
The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project (CDRP) is the largest project in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) $4.8 billion, multi-year Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). The program...

Testing the New Locks (part of "A Greater Wonder")
The recently completed third set of locks at the Panama Canal incorporates several civil components and hydraulic design features that are intended to reduce routine maintenance and conserve water. For...

Where Geosynthetics Meet Mining Geotechnics: Part of the Mining Engineer's Toolbox
From enhancing stability to providing environmental containment, geosynthetic materials play an important role in mining projects and geotechnics in general. While often overlooked, advancements in geosynthetic...

New York City Adds Constructed Wetland to Staten Island’s Bluebelt System

Raising Gatun Lake (part of "A Greater Wonder")
Raising the maximum operating level of Gatun Lake was one of the four main undertakings of the Panama Canal expansion project. Its goal was to increase the storage capacity for water used for human consumption...

 

 

 

 

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