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The I-80 Coalition

Monday, May 13, 2019
If I don’t write about an engineering topic that’s in the news, there’s probably a reason.  Often that reason is because I know a lot about the topic, but I’m “not the guy” who is tasked with public communication.  So, I’m active behind the sce...

Ask an Engineer Why and How, Installment 5: What Is A 100-Year Flood?

Monday, April 29, 2019
“It seems like there is a 100-year flood somewhere, EVERY year.  Something must be changing!” This topic can get me on a soap box because people do not seem to understand how short our lives are, and experience is, in relationship to the life of our earth.  Something IS ...

Flood Insurance?

Friday, April 12, 2019
Do you need floodplain assistance? Email me at, or call my office at (815) 730-3444.  We have several staff (Lee, Derek, Jeff, Jim, Tom, or Howard) that have been authorized by Kristen to work for 30 minutes, at no-charge, with individuals that requi...

Ask an Engineer Why and How, Installment 4: What Happens After I Flush? Number 3, Onsite Aerbobic Treatment

Monday, April 1, 2019
You have a beautiful piece of property where you want to build a home. There are no sanitary sewers near. The soils are clay and require a large leach field for a septic system to work, but the lot is too small. What do you do? You have to treat your wastewater to the degree that it can be d...

Should I Attend OSHA 30 Hr Training?

Friday, March 15, 2019
When you are instructed to take the OSHA 30-hour online course, your initial reaction may be less than excited.    Such thoughts as “I’m never going to use this?” or “I’d rather have some dental work performed” come to mind.  But after sitt...