Author Archives: Brad Schleeter

A Comprehensive Guide to Stormwater BMPs

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 by
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Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) offer a number of environmental benefits to overall water quality. They can remove pollutants, reduce runoff volumes, and increase biological diversity through the use of native plantings that attract wildlife. A great tool for moving communities forward, we’ve outlined a variety of BMPs, how they work, and keys to their […]

USACE Restores Ecosystem in Parkville, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 by
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the process of restoring wetland and riparian habitats in a 130-acres site in the Missouri River floodplain in Parkville, Missouri. The restoration effort is aimed at increasing native plant and animal diversity by adding native plantings to two existing wetland areas and grading and shaping one […]

City of Overland Park Reduces Flooding for Local Neighborhood with Storm Sewer Repairs

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 by
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The City of Overland Park, Kansas wanted to address street and structure flooding issues and upgrade infrastructure in one of its residential neighborhoods. The Walmer Street Major Storm Sewer Repair (MSSR) project was designed to achieve these goals while minimizing impacts to homeowners. A part of the city’s CMP replacement program, our team was responsible […]

Improvements to Camp Funston Will Reduce Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 by
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The Fort Riley Directorate of Public Works (DPW) wanted to provide an efficient drainage system for Camp Funston. DPW worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Affinis to design a solution that drains the very flat grades and improves undersized pipes to meet the current 10-year design standard. Improvements will reduce […]

The City of Shawnee Saves Dollars with Stormwater System Evaluation

Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 by
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Knowing when to replace aging corrugated metal pipe (CMP) can be an involved process that requires commitment and resources from cities managing infrastructure. There are obvious signs of CMP failure that are easier to identify once they occur, such as crushed, bowed, or deformed pipes or a rusted pipe bottom. But, staying on top of […]

SMP Shifting Focus to Fund More Large Watershed and System Maintenance Projects

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 by
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Johnson County has been working on a strategic planning effort to update their Stormwater Management Program (SMP). Since 1990, the SMP has been very successful in helping Johnson County communities address local street and structure flooding issues. However, many larger flooding issues still remain, due to their high cost and the challenges that come with […]

Extended Detention Basins Use Technology to Offer New Solution

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by
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The complexity and benefit of stormwater basins varies to meet the specific design intent of a project. If reducing peak flow rates to existing conditions is the priority, a dry detention basin should be considered. If downstream channel stability is a concern, an extended detention basin should be considered. Or, if improved water quality is […]

Stormwater Master Planning Prepares Communities for Growth

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by
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Any community that either has experienced growth or desires to grow understands that master planning is key to making a sound investment of resources, providing a framework for growth, and expanding in a way that is consistent with the long-term vision of the community. Stormwater master planning takes this approach and applies it specifically to […]

Preliminary Assessment for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by
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The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) has identified problems in creeks on their Reservation. These issues include streambank erosion, sedimentation, and poor water quality, and they impact wildlife habitat within and adjacent to these creeks. Under the authority of the Tribal Partnership Program, the tribe sought to partner with the United States Army Corps of Engineers […]

Crossing Jurisdictional Boundaries with a Watershed Approach

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 by
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Although it’s been popular in other parts of the country for decades, using a watershed approach to stormwater management is a relatively new method in the Midwest. A watershed is simply an area bounded by an elevation divide that drains to a particular waterbody. Because watershed boundaries rarely follow jurisdictional lines, a watershed approach to […]