Sinkholes can be dangerous in many ways. They can cause damage to the foundation of a building as well as buried services like water and electrical lines, because they serve as conduits for surficial contaminants to reach groundwater. Knowing the risk of sinkhole formation is key to minimizing possible damages.Read More
When evaluating a property for development or improvement, the first questions to arise involve the location of mapped floodplains and wetlands. Increased access to online GIS data has made it quick and easy to answer those questions.Read More
A GIS-based infrastructure asset management program can be used to document all MS4 activities, including outfall inspections, basin assessments, public outreach activities, employee training, and BMP installation and maintenance. In addition to functioning as a records management database, the program can be used to generate required compliance reports electronically.Read More
In a study finalized in August 2018, riparian buffers planted along streams provided an economic value to the environment! What exactly is a riparian buffer? This Best Management Practice is a vegetated strip of land along waterways that help protect the water from earth-disturbing activities that may impact water quality and other ecological issues. Planting trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and grasses provide a natural filtering system that can remove sediment, and create a better habitat for insects and wildlife.
The PA Department of Environmental Protection has endorsed restoration of riparian buffers as a key to reduce stormwater containing pollutants from entering these streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. The minimum recommended width of an effective buffer is 35 feet, but any buffer can help with reduction of erosion.
This new study, conducted by ECONorthwest, (ECONorthwest, "The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers in the Delaware River Basin," Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 2018.) discovered that nearly half of riparian forests in the Delaware River Basin have been cleared, and remaining areas are negatively impacted by suburban development. This study assessed the loss of ecosystem services, such as drinking water quality, property values, recreational opportunities, and other services, and compared them to the benefits of an effective riparian buffer. A monetary value was then assigned to the benefits of the ecosystems provided by the buffered areas.
Based on this collected data, the study found that riparian buffers can positively affect air quality, flood mitigation, recreation, wildlife habitats, and other areas.
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The new SSM Lancaster Regional Office opened August 1, 2018 and is located in the Newport Commons community at 701 Creekside Lane in Lititz, PA.Read More
Robert Conte joined the firm as a Senior Designer in the Water and Wastewater Engineering Department. Bob has an AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Harrisburg Area Community College.
Joseph Cherinko, EIT joined the firm as a Graduate Engineer in our Water and Wastewater Engineering Department. Joe has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Wilkes University.
By providing real-world ongoing simulation of your municipality’s hydraulic and water quality behavior, our modeling services visualize every variable and interrelation within a water distribution network.Read More
SSM provided a full range of construction stakeout and surveying services to L.F. Driscoll for the $354 million construction of a 476,000 SF surgical tower expansion on the Tower Health System campus.Read More