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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4 Bid Openings in 4 Days

The week of March 7 was super hectic. We had 4 bid openings in 4 days. The biggest was the $2M Benkelman Water Treatment Plant. Others were for a water meter project and two SS Collection System replacement projects. All lowest qualified bidders came in below engineers estimates – whew!  Good job to Noah!

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EP Magazine Covers Benkelman Water Treatment Plant

waste-waterBaseline Engineering has completed the master planning, design, engineering, funding, and construction documents for a 600-gallons-per-minute water treatment plant.

Baseline Engineering is ready to break ground on a project the firm has been working on since 2007 to remove arsenic and uranium from Benkelman, Nebraska’s drinking water. The town has a population of about 1,000 people, according to the 2000 census.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered the arsenic standard for drinking water to ...

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