Minnesota Rules - Chapter 7852 defines a process for the selection of a pipeline route and to aid in the understanding of its impacts, and to understand how those impacts may be reduced or mitigated via the review process.

Phosphorus is a nutrient of increasing concern in Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Phosphorus trading is when one party (the buyer) is allowed to discharge phosphorus but offsets its discharge by paying another party (the seller) to reduce their phosphorus discharge.

Construction materials are tested to meet the quality control and assurance requirements that are within the construction plans, specifications and building codes. Construction Materials Testing (CMT) is critical for the success of a construction project. Information is gathered about structural strength, composition, and density to guarantee the performance and quality of the material.

Intro Louis Henry Sullivan, the famed American architect, coined the phrase “form (ever) follows function.” This idiom has often been ascribed to a minimalist or modernist approach to design. Sullivan’s buildings however were quite ornate in contrast to the works of Mies van der Rohe or Le Corbusier, so this begs the question, have we misunderstood the desire to seek purely utilitarian design objectives? In a...

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases the report card on America’s infrastructure. In 2017, the country’s infrastructure scored an overall grade of a D+. The ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure analyzes 16 categories: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Public Parks, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Transit, and...

Although many of us are currently experiencing the joys of a frosty winter, spring really is right around the corner (hopefully!). Spring brings with it a host of geohazards—floods, subsidence, and freeze/thaw cycles among them. In a previous article , the relationship between freeze/thaw cycles and several other geohazards were discussed. This article will focus on the link between freeze/thaw cycles and slope failures. The...

There are a number of simple and easy practices homeowners can do to help maintain or improve the water quality of local lakes and rivers. Many of these practices start with keeping rainwater in the yard and off the road. Try one of the following options to help reduce the amount of runoff from your property that would typically end up in the storm sewer: Reuse rainwater. Collecting rainwater from your roof in a rain barrel is a...

Co-authored by Stephanie Rouse, City of Minneapolis Affordable housing is key to preserving equity and equality within cities. The ability for all citizens to find housing at a cost that does not require one-third of their income should be the standard, however many cities and regions are grappling with how to achieve this balance. Communities working on their comprehensive plan updates, especially those within the Twin Cities metro area,...

On most construction projects going to permanent stabilization is a challenge, but it is the most advantageous step that you can take during the project.

Projects that require work within a DNR public water (lakes and streams) are subject to a statewide work restriction provision that helps protect Minnesota’s valued fishery, and their aquatic ecosystems. This means that no work should occur within the water resource (below the ordinary high water mark) or within the channel of streams during the defined exclusion dates.

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