Understanding Stream Designations

If you look at a Post-Construction Stormwater Management Plan or Erosion Control Plan prepared by our office, you will notice a “Receiving Surface Waters” note on the plan. This note may say “Unnamed Tributary (UNT) to East Branch Big Elk Creek in the Big Elk Creek...

Understanding Stream Designations

If you look at a Post-Construction Stormwater Management Plan or Erosion Control Plan prepared by our office, you will notice a “Receiving Surface Waters” note on the plan. This note may say “Unnamed Tributary (UNT) to East Branch Big Elk Creek in the Big Elk Creek...

Rain, Rain, Go Away

2018 was a very wet and rainy year for Chester County. In fact, the county received 69.1 inches of rain in total. This is 22 inches above the average for the county and 30 inches above the national average. Chester County is not the only area though that had a record...

PA DEP RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR MANAGED RELEASE CONCEPT

When designing stormwater for a project, we must consider stormwater runoff for both rate and volume.  Peak rate is the easier of the two to control as we can manage the rate in a stormwater basin, berm, rain garden, bed, etc.  The peak rate management does...

Dog Days at D.L. Howell

Recently, D.L. Howell has adopted a new policy of allowing employees to bring their four-legged friends (Dogs, no cats) to work with them one day a week.  Since starting this, D.L. Howell has seen a 250% increase in productivity and a 50% decrease in stress...

Population growth has continued to rise

Population growth has continued to rise, increasing the number of people entering the workforce and needing a place to live. This means businesses need more office space and the demand for housing is high. Industrial vacancy is at an all-time low of 5% in Chester...

3D Printed Homes

In recent years, you likely have started hearing more and more about 3D printing. Currently, 3D printing is being used in medical and industrial fields and even to make art and jewelry. Another area that they are starting to use 3D printing is civil engineering. There...