Category Archives: Stormwater Sampling

Giving a Dam: California’s Water Infrastructure Problem

Recent news about the Oroville Dam crisis has highlighted some of California’s more serious infrastructure problems. At 49 years old, the Oroville Dam is at the end of its designated lifespan, along with nearly 4,000 other dams across the country. … Continue reading

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Rain on the Parade: Drought Endures in Southern California

California’s unexpected winter storms replenished the Sierra snowpack and filled reservoirs, allowing more than 40% of the State to emerge from one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. While this news should be cause for celebration, recent data … Continue reading

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The Year of La Niña: Preparing for This Stormwater Season

The latest National Weather Service forecast predicts wide variation in temperature and precipitation across the U.S. this winter. Thanks, in part, to La Niña, the Southern part of the country is expected to experience above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation, while … Continue reading

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The Drought’s Effect on Water Quality in Southern California

California is in the throes of the worst drought it’s experienced in the last century. The focus thus far has been on water conservation, reclamation, and alternative sources—and rightfully so, given the lack of water available in the State. There … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Come Our Way; Let’s Save It for Another Day!

The recent storms are good news for California, as the snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year, but still only represent a small victory in the overall battle against the drought. Remember, even if it’s pouring … Continue reading

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El Niño: Stormwater Tips

September 23rd marked the first day of fall, and with fall comes the promise of many stormwater events thanks to a strong El Niño expected to hit the Northern Hemisphere this year. In past years, the Industrial General Permit (IGP) … Continue reading

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A Stept Above the Rest: A Look at Babcock Labs’ Field Services

There are many factors that set Babcock Labs apart from its competitors, such as its national recognition for excellence in both customer service and quality, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, and its long-standing history as an invaluable resource to the agricultural, … Continue reading

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Next TEAM Event: Navigating New Waters

The substantial rain event California experienced this past month certainly caught many of us off guard. While the rain was greatly needed and appreciated, it served as a reminder that rain events are sparse and rather unpredictable. Now that the … Continue reading

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StormWatch: The New IGP is Effective July 1st

Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), the new Industrial General Permit (IGP) for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities will become effective July 1, 2015. Among other significant changes, the new IGP redefines a Qualified Storm Event … Continue reading

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Babcock Edu: Seminars on Regulatory Updates and Technical Training Programs

Last month, on January 29, over 65 people attended Babcock Labs’ TEAM Event to hear industry experts Kathleen Harrison of Geosyntec and Matthew Lentz of GSI Environmental discuss the new Industrial General Permit (IGP) pertaining to stormwater discharge. The event’s … Continue reading

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