Colorado’s Stringent Floodplain Rules

By Rick Behning, PE

In an effort to increase public safety and reduce flood losses across the state, the Colorado Water Conservation Board issued new floodplain rules and regulations that became effective on January 14, 2011.  These rules build off the FEMA rules.  The hope is to provide uniform standards for regulatory floodplains in Colorado and activities in those floodplains.

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What to Do with Fracking’s Flowback Water?

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering

energyApproximately one million gallons of “flowback” water return to the surface, and is typically hauled to a disposal site where it is injected thousands of feet into the ground, a process environmentalists and some residents of oil fields worry may contaminate ground water.  Many agree that this practice is not sustainable and are considering it to be the next 800 lb. gorilla that the EPA will be addressing.  ...

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How to Invest for Potential Fracking Regulation

energyThe following article was published on www.bakkenoil.org on January 23, 2012.

Michael Filloon of Seeking Alpha has a five-part article series on investing for potential of EPA regulation of fracking as a result of public concerns about water usage and contamination. Below is a synopsis of his excellent analysis, but for an in-depth assessment of how to invest, be sure to read his series.

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is an industry practice ...

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U.S. Water Infrastructure Receives Nearly Failing Grade

By John McLain, PE

The Water Innovations Alliance (WIA) recently completed an assessment of the state of the U.S. water infrastructure, which was given an overall grade of D- by the American Society of Civil Engineers in its most recent infrastructure report card.

Underlying that nearly failing grade, WIA produced some startling statistics in a recent newsletter (not yet posted to their website):

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Sustainable Pavement Design – Pavement’s Future

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringAs pavement technology continues to change and advance, a major emphasis is being put on environmental stewardship. Highway administration’s efforts are increasingly aimed at the industry’s overall use of recycled materials, environmental and ecological constrains, as well as the Long-Term Pavement Performance. Better determining the current condition of the country’s pavements will serve as a roadmap for where we go next in continuing to advance and implement today’s ...

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Colorado’s Current Snowpack and Reservoir Storage

By Chris Rundall, PE

 In the state of Colorado, where our offices are headquartered, there is constant concern over snowpack levels and reservoir fill.  Because snowfall in the Rockies provides the main source of water for the state’s reservoirs, we keep a close eye on annual percentages and averages. Currently, the statewide snow pack is well below where we were last year at this time.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation ...

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Weld County Oil and Gas Boom on Horizon

By Rick Behning, PE

energyBillions of dollars have been earmarked to be spent in the Niobrara Shale in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.  According to an article published January 4 in The Coloradoan:

“The Niobrara shale spreads across northeast Colorado, but it’s only about 400 feet thick and thousands of feet underground. Because the shale is so thin, energy companies couldn’t drill it very efficiently before horizontal drilling technology was developed ...

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