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Going Underground to Upgrade Aging Infrastructure

A historic seaport, Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia is bursting with history. You can experience the history before your eyes as you walk past towering 200-year-old-trees, cobblestone driveways and streets, and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century. History is also lurking beneath your feet. As with many historic places, the City of Portsmouth faced the daunting challenge of evaluating and updating its aging infrastructure, particularly in the city’s oldest areas. ...

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Newport News Office with text: we're moving, new address is 2 Bayport Way, suite 120

Press Release: Draper Aden Associates Opens Larger Office in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – June 15, 2020 – Draper Aden Associates (“DAA”), a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm, has moved to a larger office in Newport News. Located at 2 BayPort Way in Newport News, this new office provides a more collaborative environment that will foster additional growth on the Peninsula and in the broader Hampton Roads region. DAA also is the first tenant to open an office in this new Class A office building....

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A Perspective on Stormwater Utilities

In a recent opinion letter to the Richmond Times Dispatch, former Secretary of Natural Resources, L. Preston Bryant Jr. highlighted the critical role that localities play in the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Controlling runoff from agricultural land, improving sewage treatment plant discharge, and urban stormwater runoff are the three primary contributors to the bay pollution. Mr. Bryant indicates that implementing a stormwater utility has been and will continue to be a method for localities to deal with this concern. Having worked with the City of Staunton, Virginia on the implementation of their stormwater utility, I can attest to one of the big challenges that Mr. Bryant brings up in his article, namely, that they are not popular with the public. As seen through stories, of both successes and failures, from municipalities in Virginia and throughout the country, public education is the primary key in implementing and maintaining a...

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