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Technical Unit Credit from Operator Certification Program Office Available Performing Energy Audits Improving Pump & Blower Efficiency Identifying Energy Recovery Opportunities Discovering “Green” Generation Technologies Getting Electric Utility Rebates Wasting Money By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering No doubt these topics are all hot issues, but how do you find the time to learn everything you need… Read more »

Colorado Transportation Funding

By Chris Rundall Here in Colorado, consumers pay a 40.4 cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline: of this tax, 18.4 cents goes to the federal government and 22 cents goes to the state.  The state tax portion, which funds maintenance and improvements to our state’s roads and bridges, has not changed since 1991.  However, inflation and improved vehicle… Read more »

Lessons Learned about Low-impact Development

By Noah Nemmers, PE Low-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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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,… Read more »