By Jim Albert
Managing a landfill is a complicated process that requires a large amount of preparation, planning, and adhering to government regulations such as meeting airspace requirements and assuring that the landfill is being built as designed. A well-planned landfill works in conjunction with its surroundings, assuring that the leachate that is produced from the decomposing trash does not enter streams and aquifers.
By Stefanie Farrell
Fire department employees around the nation are very cognizant of what “ISO ratings” can mean to a community. As they know, these ratings come from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and classify a community’s ability to suppress fires through a grade or “rating” of 1 to 10.
By Stefanie Farrell
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a disability, which can include difficulties with hearing, vision, cognitive ability, mobility, self-care, and independent living. As of the 2010 Census, 15% of Tennessee’s population was living with some kind disability.
By Riley McMillan
Future City is a program for middle school students that encourages and fosters application of math, science, writing, teamwork skills, and critical thinking, to real-world issues. Each year Future City publishes a universal problem facing cities today, and asks Future City participants to solve it in the best way possible.
In the pursuit of economic development, companies and individuals alike choosing to live, work, and play in areas with better quality of place over those with tax breaks and subsidies. So, what key resource can promote this type of live, work, and play environment? The answer is surprisingly simple—streets. Streets that promote economic development are accessible, safe, and diverse.
On June 18, 2015, the University of Tennessee SMART Center and TDEC conducted the inaugural design training course. The course was for the new Stormwater Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (RRAT). I was excited to participate in the course held in Knoxville, Tennessee. The class was coordinated by Mr. Tim Gangaware, and was taught by Dr. Andrea Ludwig and Dr. John Buchanan.
To bring attention to the topic of Green Infrastructure, LDA is doing a blog series about GI with topics including proposed GI stormwater regulations in the State of Tennessee, GI applications in stormwater and wastewater, specific GI controls such as pervious pavement and bio-retention, and GI funding. The term Green Infrastructure has been used interchangeably with terms such as Better Site Design, Smart Growth, and Low Impact Development (LID), often leading to confusion. But how you use GI may very well define what GI is to you. This is the first blog in a series focusing on Green Infrastructure.
By Jim Albert
Recently I gave a series of presentations to local east Tennessee schools, learning centers, and a Veterans outreach program. The purpose of these presentations was to give an introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) and to show how GIS is used across a wide variety of careers.
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The word of the week in Chattanooga during the first week of May was “Infiltration”. If you have been following stormwater news for the Chattanooga/Hamilton County area for the past few months, you know that the word infiltration has been a hot topic for a while. However, during this week in particular, I heard a lot about estimating or maintaining infiltration rates.