Carrying On: Storm Water & Erosion Control

May 18, 2020

This editorial letter originally appeared in SWS May Sourcebook as "Carrying On"

About the author:

Katie Johns is managing editor of SWS. She can be reached at [email protected].

On January 21, 2020, the first case of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, was confirmed in the U.S.  At press time, governors across the U.S. had put “stay at home” orders in place meaning the majority of our industry, and most of those across the country, were adjusting to working remotely if possible. Despite this, storm water and erosion control professionals are continuing to push on to not only make sure storm water is managed for municipalities but to ensure that products are being manufactured so projects can carry on.   

At the end of March, SWS sent out a business impact survey to our audience. Preliminary results, as of April 13, showed that the majority of respondents (46.91%) said they anticipate COVID-19 and its resulting economy to have a sizable impact on their businesses. Of those that anticipate minor impact or more, the majority (32.88%) said the impact will affect demand the most. Close behind demand, 31.99% said staffing will be the next most affected area of business. I am eager to see how industry professionals adapt, innovate and evolve given this newfound challenge. 

As we navigate a new norm with the coronavirus, I hope you’ll use this Source Book to stay in touch and continue business. The Source Book is separated into two main sections: product directory and the supplier directory. Many of the companies listed here are still manufacturing products and continuing business to make sure storm water and erosion control management needs are met. Stay well, readers.

About the Author

Katie Johns

Katie Johns, editor-in-chief of Storm Water Solutions and Water Quality Products, graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Johns joined the Storm Water Solutions team in September 2019. Johns also helps plan the annual StormCon conference and co-hosts the Talking Under Water podcast. Prior to entering the B2B industry, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Sarasota, Florida, and a magazine assistant editor in the Chicago suburbs. She can be reached at [email protected].