Commonwealth Announces Staff Promotions

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) announces the promotion of the following staff members in expanded leadership positions.   PROMOTED TO MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Robert (Rob) Bellucci, PE, joined Commonwealth Engineers in 1996 after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Rob is a boomerang employee who departed Commonwealth in the early 2000s […]

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IDEM Conducting Sanitary Sewer System Inspections

In addition to routine Wastewater Compliance Evaluation Inspections, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) also conducts Sanitary Sewer System (SSS) Inspections. The OWQ Compliance Branch is required to inspect 5% of the Sanitary Sewer Systems that have NPDES permits each fiscal year. The SSS inspections focus on operation and […]

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Indiana Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Indiana Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP) and became effective on December 18, 2021. This transitions the permit by Rule, as administered through Indiana Administrative Code, to a Master General Permit process. IDEM will be required to seek EPA approval every five (5) years. How does this affect Indiana […]

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Commonwealth Announces New Project Manager

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) is proud to announce Jeff Lashlee, PE, MBA as the newest member of the Project Management Team. Mr. Lashlee will be serving as a project manager with an office based out of the Commonwealth Bowling Green, KY location. Jeff is a 1990 graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Civil Engineering. He has […]

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Choosing a Career in Civil Engineering

The field of Civil Engineering is broad. It can refer to structural, traffic, environmental, geotechnical, water, wastewater, or construction engineering. However, all these mutually relate to different forms of infrastructure. As municipalities grow or equipment ages, infrastructure needs to be upgraded or replaced. This creates job security and growth for civil engineers. It also puts […]

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Fort Wayne’s Hessen Cassel Drainage and Sidewalk Improvements Phase 2 Project

Significant drainage and sidewalk improvements were recently completed on Hessen Cassel Road in Southeast Fort Wayne between Oxford Street and Stardale Drive. Shallow swales, stormwater inlets, ditch stabilization improvements, and storm utility pipe ranging in size from 1 to 4 feet in diameter were constructed to alleviate long-term standing water and poor drainage problems. Approximately […]

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SWMM Collection System Modeling

SWMM is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water simulation model used extensively at Commonwealth to help communities with the planning, design, and asset management of their stormwater, combined, and sanitary sewer collection systems. SWMM is especially used at Commonwealth to assist communities with their combined and sanitary sewer overflow challenges, resulting in cost-effective and defendable solutions with […]

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MS4 Stormwater General Permits

In November 2021, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) announced it would begin issuing the new Construction Stormwater General Permit and the new Municipal Separate Stormwater Systems (MS4) General Permit (GP). This comes after receiving a non-objection letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The effective dates of […]

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Senate has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the White House has published a document showing the proposed breakdown for each state. This will be an enormous leap forward in funding deteriorating infrastructure and will help prepare residents for future economic growth. The document pertaining to Indiana can be viewed at –  […]

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Guidance for Potable Water and Wastewater Operators

Commonwealth is committed to helping communities with the operation and maintenance of potable water and wastewater utilities, especially providing guidance to new and experienced operators. Assistance usually begins with a simple conversation between an operator and Commonwealth’s Operations Specialist, who will listen to concerns and ask targeted questions about their treatment plant and system. Ultimately, […]

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