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Properly set control points are vital to an accurate survey and are often the first step performed on a new site. SDC's Jeff Streavig takes us in the field to show us how to properly set control points, why they are so imperative, and why they are used to perform the survey.

SDC discusses the importance of infiltration testing and how we incorporate the information discovered during the test into our designs.

SDC's Chris Shanko discusses conducting an as-built survey of a recently constructed infiltration basin.

Feasibility studies are recommended before a developer finalizes the purchase of a property, a due diligence period, because they can bring to light issues that may increase costs to the point of making a project economically infeasible. For example, at times low-priced land may be significantly costlier to develop than its high-priced counterparts. Generally, a feasibility study will end up being just a small percentage of overall project costs and can usually tell you a great deal about a project, which allows the land developer to make a truly informed decision.

It is hard to deny the brook trout is a vital part of the ecosystem of many of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. This fish is an easy indicator of high quality water and the decline clearly shows that more conservation efforts must be realized.

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