Environmental

Erosion Presents Growing Risk to Pipeline Infrastructure

by Rick Besancon July 13, 2016

All around the United States, a hidden danger lies in channels and waterways — natural gas pipelines exposed by erosion and channel degradation. All it takes is a single heavy branch carried along by rushing water to cause a rupture, resulting in the potential loss of life and property in populated areas. With tens of […]

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Waterline Replacement: Trenchless Technologies Can Minimize Community Disruption

by Mike Lehrburger July 11, 2016

Trenchless technologies are emerging solutions for installing, replacing, repairing and restoring underground utilities. As the ever-present demand for reliable water resources continues to grow, and our existing infrastructure continues to age, communities are turning to trenchless technologies to improve their water infrastructure with minimal disruption to the community. Here’s a look at how our team […]

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Bat Species Buzz: a USFWS Update for Your Next Project

by Josiah Maine July 1, 2016

While bats may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you consider the global economy, these winged mammals provide vital — and valuable — services to our society. With the ability to consume their body weight in insects every night, bats act as nature’s pesticide by combating crop pests, saving farmers billions […]

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How Power Plants Can Prepare for Overlapping EPA Regulations

by Diane Martini April 18, 2016

Last fall, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in power plant effluents. The rule will likely affect about 12 percent of steam electric power plants that must reduce the levels of metals, nutrients and other pollutants by 1.4 billion […]

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Surveying Project Sites for American Burying Beetles: What You Need to Know

by Brian Roh March 30, 2016

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) might not be the most glamorous insect — it depends on carrion (dead flesh) from dead birds and small mammals for food and reproduction — but it plays a crucial role in our nation’s ecosystem. As the beetles decompose old carcasses, they return valuable nutrients to the soil, and […]

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Preparing for Environmental Compliance at EUEC 2016

by Block Andrews March 4, 2016

Each year thousands of people flock to the Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC), the nation’s largest and longest-running professional and educational event focused on energy, utilities, renewables and the environment — and this year was no different. With more than 2,000 attendees, 400 speakers and 200 exhibits, EUEC 2016 was the place to be […]

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