Floodplain Management

Urbanization and land development cannot be possible without adequate storm water infrastructure. Changes in land use result in increased runoff volumes and changes in water quality, which requires infrastructure features to capture, manage, treat, and convey storm water in a manner that keeps lives and structures safe without an adverse impact to receiving streams. From site development and roads, to low impact development and regional drainage studies, we have combined the technical elements of hydrology and hydraulics, the applicable policy and design criteria, and the creativity of our engineers to produce vibrant environments in which storm water is managed and treated in a cost effective and sustainable manner.

Drainage Master Planning
Drainage, as any other element of infrastructure, needs to be planned prior to design and construction to identify space requirements, capacity, cost, and phasing.  Our experience with many municipalities and numerous large, complex site developments provides us with the knowledge to envision effective drainage strategies within specific limitations.

Drainage System Design
Hydraulics, a specialized science, is the basis for good drainage design. As water resources professionals, mastering this science is a must. We use hydraulics to identify optimal ways to move, store, and release storm water into features such as canals, pipes, ponds or reservoirs, outlets, spillways, erosion control, pump stations and others.

Low Impact Development (LID)
Detaining and treating storm water on site while avoiding or minimizing impact to receiving streams is the ideal solution. Experience has taught us water can be better managed by designing optimal features to treat storm water, reduce runoff and enhancing the aesthetics of the site. 

Stream Restoration
Urban development and increased flow have changed the behavior of streams to the point they no longer provide ecological and social value.  Stream restoration allows communities to reconnect with nature and water flow.  We work with clients to understand the nature of the stream and design engineering systems that support the intended ecological value.

Storm Water Quality and NPDES Consulting
Storm water discharge has water quality regulatory requirements. We provide clients with storm water quality management plans, strategies, and programs that allow clients to not only achieve appropriate water quality standards, but also meet mandated regulatory requirements.