SFA graduate student investigates effect of tree coverage on roof-harvested rainwater quality

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Research conducted by Stephen F. Austin State University environmental science graduate student Kimberly Gamez is adding to a growing body of work with the goal of alleviating the ever-increasing demand on one of Texas’ most precious natural resources — water. According to the Texas Water Development Board, Texas’ population is expected to increase […]

8 ways to protect Pittsburgh’s streams and rivers by keeping storm drains clear

Pittsburgh’s streets have more than 25,000 storm drains, to catch stormwater and direct it into the sewer systems. Unfortunately, rainstorms often overwhelm the sewer system, and untreated sewage overflows into our streams and rivers. That rainwater carries anything on the street — from leaves, pet waste and motor oil to deicing salt, fertilizer or other […]

Portland’s PAE Living Office Building Designed For Hospital-Level Quake Performance

Last summer, Paul Schwer, a green mechanical engineer, met with Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler to talk about a subject dear to him—resilient structures for the earthquake-prone city. Those who don’t know Schwer, president of PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., might question why a mechanical engineer would be asking a mayor for a city grant program […]

Column: California water war re-ignited

Competing demands among agricultural and urban users and environmental advocates for a limited supply of Delta water have played out in political and legal arenas for decades. (Photo: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)   The COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told, is transforming how we live, but one aspect of life in California appears immune to change: […]

Large Scale Aqualoop Greywater System for DGS Natural Resources Headquarters

Sacramento, CA – Installation is underway for a 2,850 gallon per day Aqualoop greywater system for the State of California’s LEED Platinum DGS Natural Resources Building in Sacramento, CA.  The P Street Building will serve as a new 20 story, 838,000 square foot Department of Natural Resources headquarters.  The tower, which will also encompass a […]