Field Notes
Sustainability. Triple Bottom Line. What Does it Mean?
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Nov 14, 2011
Sustainability. What does it mean? Everyone seems to have a different definition. Some folks interpret it to mean continue doing whatever it is you might be doing, with continued success; the capacity to endure. Others take it to have more of a stewardship flavor or a philosophy or way of life....

How to Get the Most from Your Consultant
By – Nov 11, 2011
If I were to hire me, here are a few things that I would keep in mind. Most engineers accumulate charges on an hourly basis. Sucessful project budgets typically have a reasonable time line, and not a lot of delays or drawn out schedule. More time usually equals more charges. Who do you...

Systemic?
By Larry Sant, PE – Nov 9, 2011
I have really enjoyed my yard this year. It might have something to do with the lemon tree, fig tree, pomegranate tree, and several types of orange trees that are thriving and providing us with good healthy eats. We also have an area with bamboo shoots and several large flowering bushes/...

Status Update on the Columbia River Treaty
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Nov 7, 2011
As we all know, the mighty Columbia River flows from Canada, through Washington State and empties into the Pacific as the Washington / Oregon border. But how many of us know of the intricate web of coordination and communication that needs to occur along its length to regulate the water flows with...

Are You Prepared for Winter?
By Shaun Stauffer, PE, LEED© AP – Nov 4, 2011
The rains are here in the Pacific Northwest. Are you prepared? Rain and runoff can cause serious property damage if not properly controlled. While the following tips won’t protect you from heavy flooding, they will help you protect your property under normal conditions: Check that your roof...