A Precast Cure for Arizona Cheese Artisans

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Josh Meyer and Jesse Couch would do well in the precast concrete industry. They are passionate about quality, believe in controlling every facet of production, and pay attention to the details that go into mixing, production, and curing. Except Meyer and Couch are not making concrete. They are making cheese. Meyer owns the Hassayampa Vineyard & Farm in Kirkland, Arizona, and Couch serves as the operations manager. The pair are cheese artisans. Along with their cheesemaker, Susan Vierra, a small crew, and a dozen or so dairy cows to provide the milk, they craft two types of artisan cheese in …

Streambed Culvert Restores Fish Migration

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Like many of the culvert conduits installed in the Pacific Northwest eons ago, the deteriorating tunnel in the stream under Kitsap Way in Bremerton, Washington, posed two big problems: the small culvert promoted flooding in heavy downpours, and it inhibited salmon and other fish from swimming upstream to spawn. There was a time when building roads took precedence over everything else in this area, with less thought about the impact on the migrating fish population. Now the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and municipalities across the state are addressing those problems by replacing dark and declining culvert with wide open …