Urban Infill Development

In the Denver Metro area and Northern Colorado when “urban infill” projects are mentioned, we might think of the downtown Denver area just North of Coors Field or Stapleton as prime examples of the term.  Wikipedia defines infill as “the use of land within a built-up area for further construction; especially as part of a community redevelopment or growth management program or as part of smart growth. It focuses on ...

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Lessons Learned about Low-impact Development

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringLow-impact development (LID) is a term used to describe a land planning and engineering design approach to managing storm water runoff. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality. This approach implements engineered small-scale hydrologic controls to replicate the pre-development hydrologic regime of watersheds through infiltrating, filtering, storing, evaporating, and detaining runoff close to its source.

Baseline has been involved in numerous stormwater management projects that utilize LID techniques over the last decade. Here are some of the things the company has ...

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Fracking and Water Usage

By Rick Behning, PE

One of the concerns related to the fracking process is water usage.  Kenneth Carlson, co-director of the Colorado Energy-Water Consortium, was interviewed for a recent Greeley Tribune article.  The article explains that 0.1 percent of water diverted for beneficial use will be used for fracking over the 5 year span from 2010 to 2015.

Based on water usage, it turns out the new horizontal wells are more efficient ...

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Economic Downturn and Land Planning for Self-serve Storage

By Rick Behning, PE

The economic downturn of the past several years, while devastating to the real estate and financial markets, has simultaneously created opportunity for many industries.  Rental properties are in high demand, many law fields are busier now than ever, and car mechanics are swamped with aging vehicle maintenance.  One wouldn’t expect land development to remain as a viable opportunity in the current economy; however, there is still a demand for new development ...

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Utilities Energy Audits

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering

In the water/wastewater industry, the popular “energy audit” is what many companies are doing to promote sustainability, a reduction in carbon footprint, and lower operating costs…but are they being done correctly?  The answer, more often than not, is no.  Many of these companies recommend simply replacing a motor or adding a variable frequency drive (“VFD”) to a pump or blower, which is NOT always the answer.

A proper energy audit dives into the root cause of the inefficiency ...

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De-Mystifying ALTA Surveys

By Aaron Demo, PLS

Professional Land Surveyors are constantly helping clients understand what they need when they say they need a “survey.”  Surveys can range from Improvement Location Certificates (“ILCs”) to the infamous “ALTA surveys”.  Surveys are generally subject to state and local regulations, but can still vary in dramatic ways.  The ALTA survey is unique in that it is governed by a very detailed set of requirements and should only ...

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Colorado Floodplain Rules

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 of the FEMA rules with the hope to provides uniform standards for regulatory floodplains in Colorado and activities in those floodplains.  For your reading pleasure, the rules can be found here: http://cwcb.state.co.us/legal/Documents/Rules/CWCBFloodRulesRegs2010.pdf.

One of the more stringent criteria found in the CWCB rules ...

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Bakken and North Dakota Development

As of 2012, North Dakota has overtaken California to become the third-largest U.S. oil-producing state, as fracking technology has boosted shale oil output.  Production has doubled in the three years since 2009. The boom in oil production in the region has also effectively cut the Midwestern state’s unemployment rate to the lowest in the country, at 3.3% as of December 2011.  In fact, oil companies say there are more jobs than people in North Dakota. The oil boom has arrived ...

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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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