March 10, 2014

USGS Streamflow Stations in Washington-Current Conditions

Current Conditions for Washington: Streamflow — 267 sites

March 1, 2014

Controlling Fugitive Dust at Construction Sites-Air Quality in Idaho

What is Fugitive Dust?

It’s Air Pollution. Dust is particulate matter (PM) consisting of very small particles. Fugitive dust is PM suspended in the air primarily from soil that has been disturbed by wind or human activities, such as earthmoving and vehicular/equipment traffic on unpaved surfaces.

Idaho Department of
Environmental Quality
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0502

January 3, 2014

Utah State University Extension Online Water Quality Course

Utah State University Extension Online Water Quality Course



Testing Drinking Water

Water Problems and Treatment

Fertilizer and the Environment

Pesticides and Drinking Water

Drinking Water and Home Use

Wells and Springs

Testing Water

Question and Answer Session

December 22, 2013

Utah State University Extension Online Landscape Course

October 19, 2013

EPA Watershed Academy

Welcome to the Watershed Academy’s Distance Learning Program — Watershed Academy Web. This Web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes listed below. Modules vary in the time they to complete, from ½ hour to 2 hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks * below) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

Urban watershed creek restoration.


August 21, 2013

Guide to Meteograms, Part 2

Meteograms: Messages in Time

As an apprentice forecaster, you will learn that sometimes it’s advantageous not to display weather data “spatially” (on a map), but, instead, to display weather data with respect to time. In these instances, weather forecasters focus their attention on a specific weather station or airport and watch how atmospheric variables on the station model unfold in time (usually over a 24-hour period). Such a “time display” is called a meteogram (a sample meteogram appears below, courtesy of Unisys Corporation). It represents the evolution of a series of weather observations taken at the Pittsburgh International Airport. More…

Thanks to:

Meteorology 101 Course
Pennsylvania State University

June 2, 2013

Prominent Pierce County Developer Sentenced To Prison For Criminal Violations Of Clean Water Act

Prominent Pierce County Developer Sentenced To Prison For Criminal Violations Of Clean Water Act

One of First Prosecutions in the Nation for Stormwater Violations


October 10, 2012

A prominent Sumner, Washington developer was sentenced to prison today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for a felony violation of the Clean Water Act. BRYAN STOWE, 65, was sentenced to six months in prison, one year of supervised release, and a $300,000 fine for knowingly violating a national pollution discharge elimination permit. In addition, STOWE will make a $100,000 payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for environmental projects targeting resources impacted by the illegal discharges. STOWE, as president and co-owner of Stowe Construction, Inc., admitted knowingly violating the Construction General Storm Water Permit for the Rainier Park of Industry project, located on West Valley Highway in Sumner. Permit violations contributed to two major landslides at the site in 2010 and 2011. Both slides forced closure of the West Valley Highway. This case is one of the first storm water pollution criminal cases brought in the United States. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton referenced the Clean Water Act saying, “These regulations serve a broad and useful purpose. You violated them persistently. You were wrong.” MORE…

May 19, 2013

Guide to the Meteograms

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One very useful way to look at a time series of meteorological data at a particular point is by ploting the data in a “meteogram.” In a meteogram, time progresses from left to right across the figure. One or more quantites may be plotted, either as line graphs, bar graphs, symbols, numbers, shading, etc. Using a meteogram, one can get a feel of how conditions change and evolve at a stationary point (termed the “Eulerian” perspective). This is handy because most people are rather stationary with respect to the atmosphere (unless you do a lot of traveling), so a person’s natural perspective is Eulerian. Weather maps, or satellite “movies” are good for giving an overall perspective of the “big picture”, but it can be difficult to tell what will transpire in your particular locality.


Keep in mind that like all the other model forecast information provided by COLA, these data are “as is.” They are straight from the computer models at the National Centers for Environmental Research (NCEP) of the National Weather Service. No interpretation, corrections, or other objective or subjective changes have been made. These are not the “official” forecasts, though in most cases they should resemble them rather closely since the official forecasts for your region are based on these models to various extents.
Forecast meteograms are given for selected US cities. In fact, the the forecasts are based on the grid point nearest the city in question. The models cannot directly discern any features of the terrain or atmosphere smaller than the grid resolution (although certain aspects such as the small-scale roughness of the land surface, and the sub-grid scale distribution of thunderstorms are represented indirectly by using parameterizations). Thus these models may not do a good job of forecasting very localized weather such as might be associated with things like mountainous terrain, or sea breezes. MORE…

Thanks to: Weather and Climate Data

April 27, 2013

Airport Embankment Project Tests Erosion Control Options

While building an embankment for a new runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, the Port of Seattle is also developing some new erosion control measures to help protect the water quality of nearby creeks and potentially boost compliance with state water-quality standards beyond what is required.

“We want to go the extra mile in keeping sediment on-site and protecting water quality during construction,” maintains David Jenkins, erosion control and stormwater engineer for the port. “We are shooting for a system that will be even better than the prescribed state guidelines and that will fit right in with the way we are building the embankment.”

Read the full article in the Erosion Control Magazine

March 22, 2013

Red Cliff Retreat in Kanab, Utah

I love erosion. One of my favorite places to see erosion is Utah. When I travel to Kanab, I stay at the Red Cliff Retreat. Its quiet, relaxing and centrally located to the best erosion in the world; Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Escalante to name a few places. I give it 5 stars.

Red Cliff Retreat Kanab Utah

Red Cliff Retreat, the best place to stay in southern Utah if you like erosion.

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