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Shop Talk - Pervious Pavement/Pavers

Shop Talk - Pervious Pavement/Pavers
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law that regulates the quality of the nation’s water bodies. The CWA, through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, establishes pollution limits for anyone discharging into streams and lakes, including cities.One of the greatest tools in the engineering toolbox when it ...

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Shop Talk - Hydrant Flow Test

Shop Talk - Hydrant Flow Test
For a new residential or commercial building program, a hydrant flow test is required. A hydrant flow test determines the water availability for firefighting activities, fire sprinkler systems, or domestic water demand. The tests are also useful in determining the general condition of the water distribution system.  The data that’s collected is ...

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Shop Talk - Wetland or Detention Basin, Timing is Everything

Shop Talk - Wetland or Detention Basin, Timing is Everything
Do you own or are you planning to acquire a Massachusetts property with a detention basin that has turned into a wetland?  When a detention basin is not maintained for several years, there can be standing water, woody growth, wetland plants, and even animals living within what was previously an engineered and constructed ...

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Three Reasons Homeowners Should Contact A Surveyor

Three Reasons Homeowners Should Contact A Surveyor
While you will often hear a surveyor extol the virtues of having a survey, it is the conversations we have with homeowners with buyer’s remorse that hit us the heaviest.  We are often contracted to provide a survey after-the-fact.  When a client has a boundary situation and needs to decide whether ...

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Smart Strategies for Pollinator Enhancements in Your Landscape Design

Smart Strategies for Pollinator Enhancements in Your Landscape Design
Beneficial insects that include what we typically consider pollinators (i.e. bees, butterflies, etc.) are essential for human health, food production, and wildlife management.  Pollinators are responsible for $18-27 billion in the US food industry.  Simply stated, no pollinators equal no food, and there is an unprecedented scale of habitat loss ...

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