“We realize that you may never walk a mile in one of our nation’s heroes’ shoes, but you do have the opportunity to walk alongside them to honor what they’ve done.”
This is what I read about “Carry the Load,” a group of people walking from West Point, New York, to Dallas, Texas, to bring recognition to the true meaning of Memorial Day. I fell in with the group at a fire station in Chattanooga, was immediately handed a U.S. flag and jumped in line behind a group from the Chattanooga Fire Department, a veteran honored with the Purple Heart, several representatives from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and various other supporters.
By Lee Gentry, P.E.
Back when I was engaged in nonpoint source stormwater pollution research, the famous opening line of Bulwer-Lytton’s 19th century novel, “Paul Clifford,” invoked an image different than what the author intended. I imagined that it was raining and nobody was looking. But since then, all of that has changed. It’s still raining, but somebody is looking.
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By Eddie Wade, P.E.
Chattanooga is a perfect place to appreciate all types of engineering. Described as the River City, Scenic City and Gig City, the Tennessee town owes its legacy to engineers.
Stroll across Market Street Bridge. Run down the Tennessee Riverwalk. Ride your bike around
VA’s Raccoon Mountain Reservoir or drive over Chickamauga Dam. These are only a few of the examples of the engineering feats that serve as the foundation for this City.he River City, Scenic City and Gig City, the Tennessee town owes its legacy to engineers.
By Jason Brooks, P.E.
Because infrastructure lies underneath the surface, most people only become aware of its necessity when something goes awry. However, a recent bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives intends to make it easier to fund much-needed water infrastructure projects.
By Eddie Wade, P.E.
Though much of our work takes place underground and out of sight, the effects of our work are felt throughout the community. LDA Engineering recently partnered on a project with Cannon & Cannon Engineering to solve overflow issues at Citico Creek. Not only was Citico Creek the first interceptor project completed under the EPA Consent Decree, but there was also additional pressure to complete the project within the strict schedule of 180 days.
By Don Mauldin, P.E.
A project with layers of perks that extend beyond the scope of the initial problem are more likely to be funded by cities. Other single-solution projects are increasingly being postponed or canceled entirely in favor of ones with multiple benefits to the city and its taxpayers.
Assessing the Capacity of a Small Community’s Sanitary Sewer System
In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee (City), that it must upgrade its sanitary sewer system to eliminate sewer overflows. The notice was a “tall order” indeed. The major components of the Administrative Order were to:
- Document previous sanitary sewer overflows;
- Prepare a sewer overflow response plan, or SORP;
- Implement a management, operations and maintenance program, or MOM;
- Complete a system evaluation and rehabilitation plan, or SERP; and (5) implement the rehabilitation plan.
Starting this October, some property owners should expect to see a rate increase because of changes in how flood insurance is managed on the federal level.
At LDA Engineering, our response is to offer our clients insight into what this mean on a local, state and regional level. The answer is of considerable importance since our communities and clients are affected by water issues, particularly in a year of record rainfall.
When was the last time you considered the wastewater infrastructure that operates behind the scenes in your city? Although these systems may operate well in the background, maintaining and updating the infrastructure is critical to preventing asset failure thereby better protecting public health and safety. It may be out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind.
LDA Engineering is proud to sponsor the The Rooftop Hop, a fundraising event for Green Spaces, in downtown Chattanooga on October 19. Green Spaces is a local charity created in 2008 that promotes sustainability in daily living, business operations and building practices in East Tennessee.