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An Engineer in the Woods, Recap... and Installment 6: Planned Change in Ownership...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
An Engineer in the Woods, Recap... In my limited spare-time I started writing my stories about our home in the woods about six months ago. The next four installments are sitting on the server waiting for their turns to be published, and I have a few others that are just notes and reminders that m...

America's Self-Defeating Cycle of Floods and Federal Aid

Monday, October 16, 2017
This article is timely, an important history lesson, and unfortunate glimpse into the future.  We have Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) on staff and I am one myself.  In Will County, the County and most of the communities are very aggressive in controlling floodplain development, and ou...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 5: Critters #3, Batman and Batgirl Succeed!

Friday, September 29, 2017
I grew-up being mesmerized by bats.  During the warm summer days while on vacation in Minnesota I would collect crickets, and grasshoppers and beetles and sometimes even resort to worm bits.  At dusk, I would go to the dock and toss the offerings one at a time into the dark sky and w...

100 Year Rain Storm, Again?

Thursday, September 14, 2017
We have classifications for earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes that speak to energy released (magnitude) and/or damage, but the costliest natural disaster in most years (floods) has a classification that does not directly classify floods by similar means. Instead, we use unintentionally misleadi...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 4: Critters #2, An Epic Battle

Friday, September 1, 2017
“They’re here...” My mind immediately flashed to the movie Poltergeist when Mom greeted us in the front foyer.  Kristen and I were just “stopping by” after work, but other visitors had preceded us, and I knew from Mom’s voice what they were, BATS! &ld...





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