Water Resources

Construction within FEMA Floodways and Floodplains – Things to Keep in Mind

By |2018-11-02T08:18:50+00:00October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

During the planning phase of any construction project, it is imperative to verify if a project is located within an area identified as a regulated floodway or floodplain as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most construction activities within a regulated floodway or floodplain require coordination with FEMA and the local Floodplain [...]

Progressive Design-Build Enters Transportation Market

By |2018-11-02T08:58:20+00:00June 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Progressive design-build is prevalent in the water and wastewater market sector. However, this procurement type has lagged in the transportation market, specifically the heavy highway market. Could progressive design-build mitigate the liability concerns associated with traditional design-build in other markets? The answer is yes.

Main Similarities and Differences that Impact Congress’s Decision on the Water Resources Development Act

By |2018-11-02T08:23:20+00:00October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Have you heard about the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016? Not to be confused with the WRDA of 1974 or WRDA of 1992 - those are just three of 11 WRDAs. All WRDAs are related to water resources needs, but the actual applications are varied among environmental, structural, navigational, flood protection, [...]

HUC Boundaries and the Watershed Approach: The Wrong Tool for the Job

By |2018-11-02T08:25:01+00:00August 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

As scientists, we’re always on the lookout for universal theories, model applicability, and patterns in nature. Regulators are called upon to develop methodologies that are rapid, repeatable, and accessible. Permittees are looking for consistency in regulatory requirements so we can assess project feasibility. All of these are understandable and worthy goals, but oftentimes their [...]

7 Important Milestones of the Clean Water Rule

By |2018-11-02T08:29:57+00:00March 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Five months ago, a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay of the Clean Water Rule (commonly referred to as the Waters of the U.S or WOTUS rule). The stay will be maintained while the legal battles surrounding it are reviewed by the country’s courts. But, the buzz about this controversial rule didn’t [...]

New Clean Water Act Rule Still Pending

By |2018-11-02T08:35:05+00:00April 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Last year around this time, we updated our subscribers on the EPA's new proposed Waters of the U.S. ruling. Not surprisingly, there is still no final rule, and maybe for good reason. The EPA administrator recently apologized during the National Farmers Union for how they handled the proposed, new definition of Waters of [...]

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Houston-Conroe Mitigation Bank

By |2018-11-02T08:36:52+00:00April 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

The RS&H Tyler office is celebrating an exciting milestone this summer. The Houston-Conroe Mitigation Bank (HCMB) will soon have a signed Mitigation Banking Instrument (MBI) and can begin selling stream mitigation credits for impacts in the greater Houston area. Located in Splendora, Texas, approximately 25 miles northeast of Houston, the HCMB will be [...]

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Building Earns LEED Certification

By |2018-08-07T01:27:31+00:00March 6th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

The first building at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has achieved LEED Silver certification. According to a recent article in Island Access, the Wallops Engineering Building E-109 has earned the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in the building operations and maintenance category. Wallops and RS&H partnered to document operations, develop new [...]

Village of Pinecrest in Miami Completes Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast

By |2018-08-10T15:25:41+00:00August 13th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

The Village of Pinecrest is a residential community located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The area is on the front line of a changing climate due to low elevations, high population densities, and porous limestone topography, which make it difficult to keep out floodwaters. As a result, even modest amounts of sea level rise have [...]