Sustainable management of water resources is an important key to success and HR Green is there to help you achieve your goals. We provide assistance in complying with emerging regulations and harmonize your growth and development with the environment.
Water is a paradox – vital to life, yet a potentially destructive force. Many infrastructure failures can be traced to inadequate stormwater and floodwater management. Our services protect people and property from water damage, prevent degradation of water resources, and restore vital aquatic systems. HR Green’s robust group of licensed professional engineers and certified floodplainMore
Water is a paradox – vital to life, yet a potentially destructive force. Many infrastructure failures can be traced to inadequate stormwater and floodwater management. Our services protect people and property from water damage, prevent degradation of water resources, and restore vital aquatic systems.
HR Green’s robust group of licensed professional engineers and certified floodplain managers provide clients with the benefit of a diverse mix of experience. Our hydrologists and hydraulic engineers use the latest state-of-the-art modeling software to model the outcome of rainfall events and protect infrastructure, people and property from flood damage.
Whether the issues are conceptualizing a watershed master plan, completing a detailed hydrologic and hydraulic study, assisting with permitting or simply small scale drainage studies, our diverse team of people can address problems and provide solutions for each project.
Water Resources Experience
Camp Creek Stream Bank Restoration
Des Moines, IA
The project addressed erosion along nearly 1,000 feet of stream bank using bio-engineered methods.
Flood Control System
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids City Council approved a program management and engineering contract with HR Green to perform design work on the City’s $570 million flood-protection project.
Dry Creek Restoration
Fort Madison, IA
Following damage sustained during high flow events in the spring of 2013, a stream assessment concluded that ongoing stream bank erosion and failure in the lower reaches required repair.
Detention Basin Retrofits
St. Peters, MO
In 2012, the City of St. Peters began a comprehensive citywide stormwater management program (SMP) aimed at preserving natural habitat, flood mitigation, creek bank stabilization and detention basin rehabilitation/retrofit, all with the goal of reducing property losses and pollution, and increasing water quality.
Gillette Street Outfall
Midtown and Montrose, one of the earliest sections of Houston to be developed, currently lacks a storm sewer system that is sufficient enough for the densely populated area.
Waterloo Brownfield Redevelopment
HR Green has helped secure 12 EPA Brownfields Grants for the City of Waterloo since 2000 which have helped inventory, characterize, assess, and cleanup numerous underutilized sites including a former construction machinery company.
International Plaza Drive Reconstruction
St. Ann, MO
International Plaza Drive is a collector roadway in the northern section of the City of St. Ann that serves as a major entry point into the City. Innovative water quality measures were used to address the water quality requirements of the project.
The Woodlands Neighborhood Green Initiative Infrastructure
The Village of Hinsdale, Illinois commissioned two separate engineering studies to determine options for improvements to the storm water management and aging/deteriorating infrastructure of the Woodlands Neighborhood.
County Highway 19 Stormwater Re-Use Project
Washington County, MN
A two-mile long county road expansion was designed to provide nutrient and suspended solid load reductions to downstream water bodies.
Repaired Sanitary Sewer Channel Improves Neighborhood
Tomar Heights, SD
During the heavy rains of August 2010, the City of Sioux Falls discovered a sanitary sewer that was exposed in a drainage channel in the Tomar Heights area of southeastern Sioux Falls.
Implementing a Successful Stormwater Program
Town & Country, MO
The City of Town & Country, Missouri adopted a policy and an associated ongoing program to alleviate drainage problems that have had a detrimental affect on both public infrastructure and private properties.
Illinois River Flood Protection
The floods of 2008 severely impacted LaSalle’s wastewater treatment plant facility located along the Illinois and Michigan Canal adjacent to the Illinois River.
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail
St. Paul, MN
Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and City of St. Paul selected the team of HR Green and Inter-Fluve to conduct a feasibility study, develop concept plans and final design, complete three construction bid packages and construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.
Mundelein Wastewater Treatment Plant – Wetland Mitigation
An wastewater treatment plant expansion project required the Village to mitigate for causing impacts to the ﬂoodplain and surrounding area.
Nontraditional BMP in Narrow ROW
Maryland Heights, MO
Essex Avenue was one of the first roadway projects in St. Louis to satisfy the water quality stormwater requirements of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). These requirements center on the treatment of stormwater runoff before discharge into natural waters.
Quaker Oats Flood Protection
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Quaker Oats production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is situated just north of downtown Cedar Rapids on the east bank of the Cedar River. Like many other businesses in the City of Cedar Rapids Quaker Oats was directly impacted by the Flood of 2008. Rising flood waters overtopped the existing flood protection and inundated the entire property causing significant damage and halting production.
Lake in the Hills Fen Conservation Area Master Plan
Lake in the Hills, IL
This 234 acre site contains sensitive features including a fen, creek and wetlands. HR Green analyzed the opportunities and constraints of these features and assessed the feasibility of site improvements to limit impact upon native plant and wildlife communities.
Quarry Hill Ravine and Park Restoration
Quarry Hill Park is one of Rochester’s most popular recreational resources. In recent years, urban development upstream from the park has increased the flow of surface water through the park’s ravines.
Niles Community Rain Garden
The Village of Niles, Illinois and the Coca-Cola Corporation sought to transform a neglected parcel of public property, to create an appealing park site that would serve to educate public officials and area residents by demonstrating the theory of using rain gardens to retain and cleanse storm water runoff.
Water Resources Articles
Partially grouted masonry shear walls are common in North America. Construction of partially grouted concrete masonry shear walls can benefit greatly by placement of joint reinforcement in bed joints of each or every other course instead of deformed reinforcement in bond beams, because placement and grouting of bond beams slow construction. Joint reinforcement is already used to help control cracking and provide prescriptive horizontal reinforcement. With sufficient area and ductility of wire, joint reinforcement can also provide the tension capacity to span across cracks in shear walls and to act as primary shear reinforcement for in-plane shear forces.
The zebra mussel, an aquatic invasive species (AIS), has made its way above Gavins Point Dam near Yankton and has rapidly increased its presence in Lewis and Clark Lake. One female zebra mussel can produce a million eggs in one year, with the mussels attaching to infrastructure and watercraft while creating problems for fish and other life sharing the waters.
Surveyors from HR Green spent time in November looking for 200 manholes in Blanco Texas. The project to survey and inventory the city’s wastewater system is a wastewater asset management project awarded to the city by the Texas Water Development Board.
A well-informed constituent will feel engaged and involved. Communities striving to improve communications with their residents and visitors should periodically evaluate the technologies available and weigh their strengths against the community’s need. Some technologies are excellent at getting information distributed to a broad audience quickly, while others allow for interaction and multimedia applications.
This quarter, HR Green is focusing on the concept of resilience and how municipalities recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Communities are much better positioned to deal with disasters, retain a healthy position and regain normalcy when properly prepared. There are few natural disasters more devastating than flooding. Water, a vital life-force,
Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go. But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?
One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P): Process, Insights and Tips for Efficient, Effective and Empowering Plan Building
This article presents local soil and water resource organizations with insights into the One Watershed, One Plan (Plan) development process to assist preparation for planning. It synthesizes the experiences of the author during the Pilot phase of the program, his involvement with the development of one of the Pilot Plans and “lessons learned” from BWSR program meetings and documents.
Coined less than 25 years ago, the term “brownfields” is relatively new to the environmental science lexicon and remains unfamiliar to many outside the profession. Few realize that, since 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has overseen a program devoted to improving these unpleasant-sounding places.
In many communities, the urban environment and human intervention have impacted our natural streams and rivers. Impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots and buildings take away areas where rainfall would normally be slowed down, spread out and soaked into the ground. Further exacerbating the problem, streams in urban areas are often straightened or channelized to make more room for development.
Communities across the country have aging and inadequate water infrastructure. Most of our underground water infrastructure was built 50 or more years ago, in the post-World War II era. In some older urban areas, many water mains can even be a century or more old. It is estimated $2.6 billion is lost as water mains leak treated drinking water. In addition, billions of gallons of raw sewage are discharged into local surface waters from wastewater conveyance systems.
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HR Green is pleased to announce that Tim Korby has joined the firm’s St. Paul, Minnesota office as Regional Director for the Water business line. Tim brings over 33 years of experience in the design and implementation of urban and rural infrastructure projects. His work focuses on meeting the needs of municipal clients through the planning and development of projects for wastewater, potable water, storm water, treatment plants, and wellhead and groundwater protection.
HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) is pleased to announce that Darren Beck has joined the firm as a Project Manager for the Water Business Line in Colorado. He brings over 17 years of project engineering and management experience, with a diverse background that includes water resources engineering, water supply planning, project management, hydrologic analyses and
HR Green was recently hired by the City of Pacific, Missouri to complete a Flood Mitigation Study. One important goal for the study is to put Pacific in good position for mitigation project funding. Since August 2015, three record flood events have occurred within the two million acre lower Meramec River basin.
Albert Einstein worked on his new Theory of Gravity in 1913. That’s also when Howard R. Green was beginning his civil engineering consulting business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now HR Green, Inc. (HR Green), the company has grown to a workforce over 400 strong, with offices across the country in regions as diverse as our workforce.