Greetings respected colleagues: I have started a blog to explore various stormwater and watershed topics. Thanks for reading, and let me know your thoughts and if you have ideas or topics that you’d like to explore together.  

The Tenacious Bloom Is Here!

I have enjoyed writing this blog for the last several years, and thanks for reading. Admittedly, my posts have been on the erratic side, but I have an excuse. I was working on a book! It started out as non-fiction and mysteriously transformed into fiction — and environmental mystery that is.

Phosphorus — No Funny Business

February 26, 2024
I posted Obsessed with Phosphorus several years ago.  I had done a little research on the element, including the 61-mile long conveyor belt in Western Sahara that can be seen from space. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we all know phosphorus as one of the big three pollutants included in the Bay’s pollution diet.  Recently, I read Dan Egan’s book, The Devil’s Element – Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance, and realized there is a lot more to mysterious #15 (that’s periodic table talk) than I had known.  In fact, “P” could just as easily stand for “paradox” as phosphorus.

Stormwater BMP Maintenance Plans — Notes from the Bush

We have always known that long-term maintenance was part of the picture for stormwater BMPs. However, for many years, that notion was an annoying rattle in the background as we’ve gone about the often more gratifying work to design and install BMPs. Now, maintenance is front-and-center with any project. Most practitioners would agree that lack of adequate maintenance is unacceptable, as the result is not good for the site, for water quality, or for the property owners and public. Poor long-term maintenance also represents a huge betrayal of the initial investments of money, time, creativity, and energy we put into planning, designing, and installing the practices.

Gratitude for the Trees

Gratitude for Trees

There are no Truffula trees around here, but I am particularly thankful this season for the trees in my yard, neighborhood, parks, down along the river trail, and out in the forest. Over the past months, the value of trees keeps coming up in conferences, conversations, my Toastmasters club, and books and articles. You don’t have to be knocked in the head by a black walnut to realize how fortunate we are to be accompanied on life’s journey by trees.

The Alchemists of Waste

The ancient alchemists attempted to transform base metals into gold and silver, endeavoring to enrich  low-value materials. Today, there are modern-day alchemists out there working diligently and largely under the radar to transform many materials upon which our society places very little value: stuff otherwise headed to our landfills for disposal.