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    Our mission is to drive awareness to protect our most precious natural resource: water. Our expansive thought leadership network of blog content provides insight into the latest rules and regulations surrounding the water management industry. From trends and news from across the country regarding stormwater and lift station assets, you can trust the expertise and knowledge of the AQUALIS team. Learn more in our blogs below.

    Blogs

    Our mission is to drive awareness to protect our most precious natural resource: water. Our expansive thought leadership network of blog content provides insight into the latest rules and regulations surrounding the water management industry. From trends and news from across the country regarding stormwater and lift station assets, you can trust the expertise and knowledge of the AQUALIS team. Learn more in our blogs below.

    October 15, 2021
    Deficiency Breakdown: Flooding
    By Jason Abert, Vice President, Service Delivery Rushing waters moving at a high velocity or cities completely underwater are images [...]
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    October 1, 2021
    Happy New Water Year: AQUALIS Celebrates the Start of the 2022 Water Year
    by Erin Zaske, Chief Development Officer Happy New Water Year October 1st, 2021 is the start of the 2022 water [...]
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    August 30, 2021
    Florida’s Stormwater Crisis
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is one of North America’s most diverse estuaries comprised of [...]
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    July 28, 2021
    Deficiency Breakdown: Erosion
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Running water is one of the great forces that shape our natural landscapes. Its power [...]
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    June 29, 2021
    Deficiency Breakdown: Sinkholes
    by Jason Abert, Vice President, Service Delivery Sinkholes are a serious stormwater runoff threat, with damages to commercial property and [...]
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    June 22, 2021
    Little Wings, Big Waves: How Bees Clean Our Waterways
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Next time you stop to smell the flowers, thank a pollinator. Pollinators are the reason [...]
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    May 28, 2021
    Stormwater Runoff Threatens the Chesapeake Bay
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Lake Waterford, a Maryland lake found in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is the spawning ground [...]
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    May 24, 2021
    Flushing PPE Is Flooding Businesses and Facilities: How to Prevent It
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator It is not a new phenomenon in the wastewater industry. Non-flushable wipes, clothing, diapers, plastic, [...]
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    May 13, 2021
    How to Extend the Life of Your Often-Neglected Lift Station: Site Specific Retrofits and Repairs
    by Wade Stafford, Vice President, Wastewater Services The life of a lift station is strenuous. Working to elevate wastewater is [...]
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    April 30, 2021
    North Carolina’s Revolutionary Stormwater Action Plan
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator   “When you take a drink, swim or eat seafood, you share my concern for [...]
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    April 30, 2021
    Four Signs Your Lift Station Requires Maintenance
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Wastewater infrastructure is under constant stress and failures occur as buildup from non-flushable materials like [...]
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    March 22, 2021
    World Water Day: How AQUALIS Values Water
    by Erin Zaske, Chief Development Officer Every year, World Water Day is celebrated March 22 to appreciate the essential element [...]
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    March 17, 2021
    The Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Has Changed
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Stormwater regulations are never stagnant for long, and with the recent transition to a new [...]
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    February 23, 2021
    Infrastructure Failures in the Face of Freezing Temperatures
    by Kara Sabatino, Director of Marketing More than 70% of the continental United States is currently covered in snow. Communities [...]
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    January 29, 2021
    Stormwater Vegetation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator There are many complexities tied with stormwater vegetation management that may lead to confusion. From [...]
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    December 28, 2020
    LIDs in the Winter
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Looks can be deceiving. With winter finally here, plants leaves are turn from a vibrant [...]
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    November 23, 2020
    Is Your Stormwater System Prepared for a 100-Year Storm?
    by Kara Sabatino, Director of Marketing Every second, the NYC Climate Clock strikes another second down, stormwater systems face greater [...]
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    October 16, 2020
    How COVID Could Flood Cities
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator 2020 has left businesses unprepared. As COVID-19 made its way across the globe, companies took [...]
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    September 2, 2020
    Thermal Pollution; The Effect of Summer Heatwaves on Stormwater
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator When you think of water pollution, images of sea life swimming through plastic or agriculture [...]
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    August 21, 2020
    How Prepared is Your Stormwater System for a Hurricane?
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator June marked the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with multiple named storms in [...]
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    July 15, 2020
    Stormwater Spotlight: Colorado Springs into Action in the Fight Against Stormwater Pollution
    by Erin Zaske, Chief Development Officer For the last few years Colorado Springs has been dealing with a lawsuit from [...]
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    June 25, 2020
    AQUALIS’ Chicago Roof-Top Pollinator Gardens
    by Jason Abert, Vice President of Service Delivery In honor of National Pollinator Week, it seemed fitting to share our [...]
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    June 22, 2020
    National Pollinator Week 2020
    by Jason Abert, Vice President of Service Delivery What’s the buzz? It is National Pollinator Week, June 22 – 28! [...]
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    June 17, 2020
    Stormwater Spotlight: How to Manage Your Meltwater in Washington
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator Stormwater Spotlight: How to Manage Your Meltwater in Washington As warmer weather comes, it is [...]
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    June 1, 2020
    Texas Stormwater Scorecards
    by Erin Zaske, Chief Development Officer Texas Stormwater Scorecards Rain is what the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center (ETC) [...]
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    April 15, 2020
    Spring Cleaning for Stormwater Facilities
    by Jim Leamy, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance It’s that time of year again when days are getting longer, temperatures [...]
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    March 27, 2020
    Stormwater Maintenance Crews versus Landscapers
    by Jason Abert, Vice President of Service Delivery Have you ever wondered whether your stormwater control measures (SCMs) could benefit [...]
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    March 6, 2020
    Concrete Jungles Going Green
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator While the U.N. and U.S. Census Bureau disagree on when the human population will reach [...]
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    February 19, 2020
    Stormwater Spotlight: Protecting the Puget Sound
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator The Puget Sound is the pride and joy of the State of Washington, expanding over [...]
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    January 31, 2020
    Anatomy of a Parking Lot
    by Jason Abert, Vice President of Service Delivery The design and functionality of a parking lot incorporate more than asphalt [...]
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    January 10, 2020
    The Twenty-Thirst Century: Retaining Stormwater as a Vital Resource
    by Anna Espenhahn, Marketing Coordinator We are known as the blue planet for good reason: 75% of the surface of [...]
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    November 20, 2019
    Stormwater Spotlight: Vancouver, Wash. and the Columbia River
    by Jim Leamy, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance When Lewis and Clark embarked on their intrepid mission to affirm the [...]
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    October 21, 2019
    Stormwater Spotlight: Eastern Texas, Louisiana and the 100-Year Storms
    by Jim Leamy, Senior Manger of Quality Assurance It has been made dramatically and tragically clear in recent years that [...]
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    September 18, 2019
    Stormwater Spotlight: Baltimore Stormwater Management and the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
    by Jim Leamy, Senior Manager of Quality Assurance It’s been decades since the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed in [...]
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    August 29, 2019
    Anatomy of a Wet Detention Pond
    by Jason Abert, Vice President of Service Delivery Did you know that oftentimes the ponds you see on the side [...]
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    July 12, 2019
    EPA Stormwater Management: Understanding Stormwater Inspection, Reporting Standards and Requirements
    Did you know that for your business to be compliant with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater management guidelines, it must [...]
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    June 21, 2019
    AQUALIS Celebrates National Pollinator Week
      Restoration + Recovery celebrated National Pollinator Week in a big way this year. In an effort to combat the recent [...]
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    June 18, 2019
    Preparing for BMP Inspection in the Southeast: How to be Raintime-Ready
    The Southeast US is going through a major growth spurt, and the growing pains the area is going through are [...]
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    May 24, 2019
    Anatomy of a Filterra
      Knowledge of how Stormwater SCMs work is crucial to have to recognize when one of your structures may be [...]
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    November 19, 2018
    LA County Just Passed a Major Stormwater Overhaul; Here’s How it Affects Your Business
    Stormwater in Los Angeles County has been neglected for a long time.  
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    November 5, 2018
    Iron Butterflies: Heavy Metals Runoff is Putting Businesses and Ecosystems at Risk
    One of life’s best little pleasures is the soft melody of rain falling on a tin roof. Backdropped by a [...]
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    October 22, 2018
    For Greenness’ Sake: Meeting Consumer Demand for Corporate Environmental Stewardship
    In our modern day and age, the product quality and availability of a business isn’t all that’s going to cut [...]
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    October 8, 2018
    Common Stormwater Violations and their Consequences
    Getting a notice of violation (NOV) is never a fun experience. Having a violation found during a stormwater inspection means [...]
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    September 26, 2018
    Extreme Rain Events: Lessons on Hurricane Runoff Learned from Florence
    It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Restoration + Recovery office. Hurricane Florence brought on high wind speeds, [...]
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    September 12, 2018
    Functionally Equivalent Stormwater Technologies: An Eye on the Future
    How far back into history does the first stormwater management system go? Our civilization has been implementing systems using low-impact [...]
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    August 6, 2018
    Wildfires and Watersheds: The Forest as a Water Pump
    Brace yourselves. We are on the cusp of another fire season, and its year-to-year intensity is only increasing. Like many [...]
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    July 30, 2018
    The TAPE Process: Assessing Emerging Technologies in Stormwater
    The Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) Program is the Washington State Department of Ecology’s process for evaluating and approving [...]
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    July 23, 2018
    Rural Regulation: Non-MS4 Stormwater Management
    Rural stormwater management plans are growing in popularity. The proper development and maintenance of BMPs is important even in areas [...]
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    June 19, 2018
    Proprietary Systems: Illuminating the Vaults Beneath Our Feet
    A healthy stormwater system should be able to handle the most torrential of downpours with aplomb. These heavy downpours can [...]
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    December 8, 2017
    Bluffton SC Mandates Stormwater Repairs, Maintenance and Inspections: What You Need to Know
    The town of Bluffton, SC recently announced that it has begun inspections of all stormwater drainage and treatment systems in [...]
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    September 5, 2017
    Solar Surge: Eclipse Causes Intense Traffic, Shedding Light on Overflows
    Let’s be real: Summer in the Pacific Northwest is not the time that its denizens are most vigilant about maintaining [...]
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    August 29, 2017
    How can citizens help prevent stormwater pollution?
    In the summer, it seems like someone in a residential neighborhood is washing their car every day. Giant buckets of [...]
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    July 6, 2017
    Integrated Water Resources Management
      There are many factors that put pressure on water resources which effects the options and requirements for water management. [...]
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    May 23, 2017
    The Clean Water Act: Legal Basis & Intent
    Legal Basis of the Clean Water Act:
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    October 23, 2015
    NC Minimum Design Criteria (MDC) for Stormwater Control Measures
    The Restoration and Recovery team recently attended the North Carolina State University Wet Pond and Wetland Design Update in RTP.  [...]
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    July 22, 2015
    Plants and Your Stormwater Control Measures
    Vegetation establishment is an important component of many stormwater control measures (SCM).  Grasses, trees, shrubs, and other herbaceous plants help [...]
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    April 17, 2015
    Problems Associated with Urbanization and Stream Function
    Anyone walking along a degraded urban stream may see signs of the effects of urban development: heavily eroded stream banks, [...]
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    March 20, 2015
    Addressing Headwater Drainage with Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC)
    Headwater streams provide many ecologic and water quality benefits.  In a natural setting, these small drainage tributaries filter rainwater, recharge [...]
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    March 16, 2015
    Stormwater Nuisance Issues and Maintenance Solutions
    There are many preventative measures that can be taken into account for a site-specific stormwater management plan, but even well-maintained [...]
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    March 6, 2015
    SPRING-TIME CHECKLIST FOR YOUR STORMWATER FACILITY
    Winter can often be very taxing on stormwater facilities for a variety of reasons.  First, these systems are often neglected [...]
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    February 25, 2015
    STORMWATER SYSTEM MANAGEMENT DURING THE TRANSITION OUT OF WINTER
    Regardless of where your property is located, there are key strategies for proper management of your stormwater system (BMP) year-round. [...]
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    February 21, 2015
    Managing Stormwater with LID Techniques
    To clarify, LID is not something you place on top of your trashcan to keep out unwanted canines.  Since the [...]
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    February 18, 2015
    Chatham Park Planned Development District
    A new development underway, Chatham Park, is the local buzz amongst residents of the Triangle area. The 7,100 acre project [...]
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    February 6, 2015
    Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) Water Resources Advisory Committee
    I am in my second year on the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) Water Resources Advisory Committee.  So far [...]
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    January 30, 2015
    Stormwater in 2014: The Stormwater Rule
    On January 7, 2015, Water Environment Federation released an article, Year in Review: 2014 Under the Stormwater Lens, which summarized [...]
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    January 23, 2015
    Working Safely in Confined Spaces
    A couple weeks ago the R&R Durham team completed an OSHA course entitled “Working Safely in Confined Spaces + Lockout/Tagout [...]
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    January 16, 2015
    NC Stormwater BMP Inspection & Maintenance Certification Update
    I recently participated in the NC Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification Update with Dr.
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    October 15, 2014
    WEFTEC
    As the host for water professionals around the globe, the annual WEFTEC conference is an authoritative source for all things [...]
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