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Although an essential element for living cells, Phosphorus can have serious environmental effects when found in natural or engineering environments.

Major sources of Phosphorus pollution can come from wastewater effluent, commercial chemicals and agricultural waste.  Phosphorus minerals, such as struvite and vivianite, can precipitate and form scales in drinking water and wastewater systems.

Although these minerals are problems when left uncontrolled and unmonitored, their recovery is beneficial.

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TagsWater, Wastewater, treatment, effluent, phosphorus, pollution, Recycling, Sustainability,

(All Images Courtesy of the City of Lubbock)

In the same way a physician meticulously performs open-heart surgery, cities have to modify their water system while it’s still running. But with flexible design and careful attention during construction, the transition to a new “heart” can go seamlessly without disruption of service.

A condition assessment showed the City of...

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Scientists are predicting the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone to be the size of Massachusetts and close to the record from two years ago.

The hypoxic zone or “dead zone,” which is an area of low to no oxygen that can kill marine life, is forecast by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists to be approximately 7,829 square miles, close to 2017’s record size of 8,776 square miles...

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As a young professional, you might kick yourself when you make a mistake or wonder whether you have what it takes to succeed in your career.

Perseverance is about learning from failure and continuing to move forward.

My journey to becoming an engineer doesn’t look like the “typical path.” But everyone faces challenges along the way. I hope sharing the lessons I’ve learned can affect someone else in a positive way.

Finding a Way

At age 5, I moved with my grandparents from Armenia, Colombia, to Fort Worth, Texas, where my grandmother had family. My grandmother...

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Drought conditions worsened overall. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 15 to 18. The majority of the deterioration occurred across portions of the Southeast and lower Mid-Atlantic where persistent hot and dry weather continued. However, heavy rains are projected to impact the region in the coming days and is expected to provide relief. In the South, recent precipitation helped alleviate small areas of drought in the Trans Pecos region of Texas. According to NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information,...

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As Oklahoma dries out before more rain is expected next week, it’s important to assess your infrastructure for floodwater damage.

On May 24, Gov. Stitt placed all counties under a state of emergency because of flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and winds that started in April. Six people have died so far across the state because of the severe weather.

According to the Oklahoma Department of...

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Today, Freese and Nichols joins the dam safety industry today to raise awareness about National Dam Safety Awareness Day. 

National Dam Safety Awareness Day commemorates the 1889 failure of South Fork Dam near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that claimed more than 2,200 lives and led to the public awareness of the importance of dam safety.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) calls May 31 a day for “remembering the...

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Forecasters are predicting a close to normal hurricane season, which officially kicks off Saturday, June 1, in the United States.

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and Colorado State University’s hurricane team are both estimating the season will be about average. NOAA predicts a range of 9 to 15 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (with winds of 111 mph or higher).

Meanwhile,...

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TagsHurricane, hurricane florence, Hurricane harvey, Flooding, resiliency,

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