Stormwater

City of Olathe Improves Aging Neighborhood with Full Reconstruction

Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in cedar street stormwater reconstruction

The City of Olathe, Kansas maintains the integrity of their infrastructure with an ongoing reconstruction program. They monitor pavement thickness to determine which roadways need to be paved and which should be reconstructed. When analyzing Cedar Street, between S. Parker and the East End Cul-de-Sac, they decided a full reconstruction was required and selected it […]

3 Water Quality Application Trends in Kansas City

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 by Brad Schleeter
In Stormwater, tagged in water quality applications

The interest in improving water quality is increasing in the area with places, like Johnson County Kansas and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, paving the way. This change is driven by several factors locally, including the region’s commitment to sustainability and making our outdoor spaces more accessible and engaging. In addition, the growing national […]

Tested Strategies for Improving Utility Coordination

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Stormwater, Surveying, Transportation Engineering, tagged in utility coordination strategies

Utility coordination is an important component of many of our projects. In today’s post, we interviewed Survey Technician Brandon Gann, Intern Engineer Levi Cole, and Municipal Streets Group Engineer Chris Farney about their favorite strategies. Find out what works well for them and how their strategies change based on the utility and phase below. What are a […]

APWA Reporter Magazine Article Tackles Stormwater Prioritization, GIS, and PCSWMM

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater prioritization affinis

Affinis project engineer, John Spell, PE recently wrote an article for APWA’s Reporter magazine. It discusses a Kansas municipality’s stormwater study, which analyzed a historic portion of town. We interviewed John about the article, asking him about the project and his background with GIS and PCSWMM. Can you tell us about the catalyst for the […]

Prairie Village Stormwater Program Improves Three Local Areas

Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Stormwater, tagged in prairie village stormwater improvements

The City of Prairie Village, Kansas identifies and repairs maintenance-based stormwater issues as part of their annual Drainage Improvements Program. The purpose of this effort is to fix old pipes and undersized boxes, which are failing. For the 2019 program, our team worked with them to improve three sites. Each came with their own distinct […]

The 2021 Flood Season: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 by Jason Davis
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , 2021 flood season predictions

Flood season formally begins April 1 and ends August 1 each year. Experts are predicting we can expect an average or below average runoff for the Missouri River Basin based on soil moisture conditions, plains snowpack, mountain snowpack, and long-term precipitation and temperature outlooks. While some factors are outside of a levee operator’s control, proper […]

Customized Approach to Storm Sewer Repairs Maximizes City of Shawnee’s Budget

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 by Brad Schleeter
In Projects, Stormwater, tagged in city of shawnee pflumm storm sewer

On a recent project with the City of Shawnee, Kansas, our design team used a customized approach to maximize taxpayer dollars. Instead of performing a wholesale replacement, we reviewed the condition of each storm sewer pipe and inspected sections of pavement to determine which should be left in place, rehabilitated, or removed on Pflumm Rd. […]

City of Overland Park Replaces 1,944 Linear Feet of Pipe with 2020 Project

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 by Maeve VanLandingham
In Stormwater, tagged in Overland Park Stormwater repair

The City of Overland Park, Kansas targets deteriorating infrastructure as part of their yearly stormwater maintenance plan. This annual investment protects commercial and residential areas across the city. For the 2020 effort, the city chose seven, separate sites. The Affinis team began by analyzing the existing drainage areas for each. Then, we worked with the […]

Evaluating Risk and Resilience in Stormwater Systems

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2020 by Kristen Kocen
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater risk and resiliency

The practice of risk and resilience assessment has been around for years for the evaluation of dams, levees, and bridges, because if one were to fail, the effects would be catastrophic. Now, we are seeing risk and resiliency evaluations being applied more broadly to stormwater systems. It is being used to prioritize stormwater improvements and […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Stormwater BMPs

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 by Brad Schleeter
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater bmps best practices

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 […]