environmental planning Articles

  • Seeking Clarity in Noise

    Environmental noise regulation can be frustrating. The noise limits, applicable measurement metrics, assessment methods and level of enforcement vary a lot by region and jurisdiction and rarely do they all align. Historically, noise emitters and sensitive receivers could afford to use distance to separate themselves. Consequently, environmental noise laws were first developed in regions with high ...


    By Innova Global Limited.

  • What makes farmers try new practices?

    Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems -- trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Water supply planning & environmental studies

    Client: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Completion Date: 1998 Services Provided Surface water modeling Groundwater modeling Storage reservoir siting and assessment Facility modifications Water supply alternative evaluations Water quality analysis Hydrology and hydraulics ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • Legacy planning

    The mining of precious and semi-precious metals, minerals and fossil fuel energy sources such as coal has long been a mixed blessing for the communities in which operations take place. Mining can offer a great deal of employment, especially in rural areas in need of industry, and significant and welcomed tax revenue. But the long-term environmental harm of mining has too often off-set, if not ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Planning and Economics

    Planning for Water Recycling In the face of limits on available surface water resources, and increasing vulnerability to drought and climate change, many water authorities are looking to diversify their sources of supply. Options to diversify supplies include groundwater sources, use of recycled water, or desalination of seawater. Recycled water is a good ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Models of energy saving systems: the battlefield of environmental planning

    Traditionally, energy planning has been interpreted as planning for an appropriate energy supply system, based on a crude prognosis for the energy demand. Over the past couple of decades, however, the immense possibilities of regulating energy demand - and the benefits of doing it - have become increasingly recognised and also partly included in the planning. This paper first describes some ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental management plan for port and harbour projects

    Port activities can cause deterioration of air and marine water quality in the surrounding areas due to multifarious activities. Hence, for the determination of levels of pollution, identification of pollution sources, control and disposal of waste from various point and non-point sources and for prediction of pollution levels for future, regular monitoring and assessment are required during the ...


    By Springer

  • An action plan for environmental justice in Latin America and The Caribbean

    Without the right laws and safeguards in place, development can come at the expense of the environment and local communities. This point is especially evident in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Newspapers across the region regularly document conflicts over land and natural resource use, ...

  • EPA Strategic Plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed its Strategic Plan to serve as a blueprint for taking the Agency into the 21st century. Our Strategic Plan charts our course for protecting human health and the environment through 2005. It lays out the Agency's ten long-term goals and guides us in establishing the annual goals we will need to meet along the way. It allows us to measure how ...

  • Energy planning and environmental management with the information and decision support system MESAP

    Sound energy and environmental accounting must be the basis of any strategic decision making in order to keep up with the increasing complexity of energy and environmental problems. Therefore, improvements in the data management of existing decision support tools become essential. MESAP, the Modular Energy System Analysis and Planning environment, integrates modern information management with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An environmentally conscious robust optimisation approach for planning power generating systems

    This study proposes a robust optimisation capacity expansion planning model that yields a less sensitive solution due to variations in model parameters such as demand and fuel prices. By adjusting the penalty parameters, the model can accommodate the decision maker's risk aversion and yield a solution based upon it. The proposed model is then applied to Ontario Power Generation, the largest power ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Information architecture planning template for health, safety, and environmental organizations

    In 2003, Innovene (then as BP) began an initiative to improve the coordination of compliance requirements through development of a new Compliance Management System at their assets in the Houston and South Texas region. An important part of the initiative was to improve the information systems architecture used by Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) staff at all of the facilities, resulting in ...


    By Wood Group Mustang, Inc.

  • Florida RBCA Planning Study

    ABSTRACT This report is a technical evaluation of the impact of risk-based corrective action (RBCA) policy issues on the cost of corrective measures at leaking underground storage tanks (LUST) sites in the state of Florida. Technical information regarding environmental site conditions, remediation requirements, and related costs can greatly facilitate development of appropriate and ...


  • Major NSR - Planning for Success

    In last month’s 4 The Record, Roy Rakiewicz reminded us of the angst created for Environmental Managers by the major New Source Review (NSR) air permitting rules.  Roy talked about how changes at existing major air sources could qualify as major modifications under ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • The Waste Minimation National Plan

    Executive Summary The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to making pollution prevention the guiding principle of the Agency's environmental efforts. The 1984 Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the 1990 Pollution Prevention Act set in policy the preference for source reduction over waste management. EPA is reaffirming this commitment. With the release ...


  • Waste management planning in the Maldives

    The island paradise of the Maldives attracts many tourists every year, but more people means more waste and a greater impact on the environment. Sweco has therefore been chosen by the Maldivan Ministry of Environment to assist in finding a good solution for management of waste on the islands.  In the assignment, Sweco has been given responsibility for detail design of the new waste ...


    By Sweco

  • Planning for Compliance Reporting

    Companies are already responding to challenging demands for environment, health & safety (EHS) data. These challenges continue to grow both in respect of the amount of data generated and reported and the requirements for data integrity. The growing demands arise both from new legislation and increased interest from a broad range of stakeholders. The need for better EHS information also applies ...


  • Water system master plan

    Client: City of Fort Smith, Ark. Completion Date: 2002 Services Provided Water supply/delivery Hydraulic modeling and design Water quality analyses Water supply hydrology Flood hydrology 3-D project rendering Physical hydraulic models Spillway hydraulics ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • Proposed plans for UCMR Program

    At an April 2010 stakeholder’s meeting, the EPA discussed proposed plans for the third phase of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation (UCMR) program. If approved, approximately 4,800 public water utilities will be required to monitor up to 30 contaminants starting in 2013. The second phase of UCMR (UCMR 2) sampling, which began in 2008, concludes at the end of this year. UCMR 2 ...


  • New advances in planning a bore

    Software helps take out the guesswork Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is challenging and difficult work fraught with unknown obstacles. While it’s not possible to eliminate every obstacle, bore planning software tools developed by drill manufacturers can help small and large contractors create a bore plan that may help minimize risks. Bore planning software was ...


    By Vermeer

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