Many roads and bridges were destroyed in recent flooding in northwestern Wisconsin, where six counties have now been declared federal disaster areas. Funding will be used for infrastructure repairs and will not be available for affected businesses or homeowners.
Engineered infiltration systems are gaining favor to help manage urban stormwater, but when applied in the field, they can be colonized by microorganisms that affect their function. A new study examines the potential pathogenic and metabolic effects of these EIS organisms in sand filters and concludes that manipulation and inoculation may effectively change and denitrify them.
Ten additional gates for the Lake Houston dam are the most pressing priority for further flood prevention, asserts Houston City Council Member Dave Martin. "Our ultimate goal is to make sure we have the ability to release as much, or more, water as is sent our way by the San Jacinto River Authority and build the capacity in the river and the lake that we so desperately need," Martin says.
A $25 million dredging project billed as the biggest in the history of New Jersey's Camden County may start as soon as October. The project, which could improve life for residents and wildlife along a 3-mile stretch of Newton Lake, is expected to take 18 months.
Municipal stormwater programs around the US are assessed in the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance's first report on the subject. The report outlines a number of challenges the programs face, including funding, staffing, public awareness, the regulatory landscape and lack of monitoring data.
A letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has cleared the way for crews on Virginia's Mountain Valley Pipeline to work on securing sites and managing erosion controls despite an ordered shutdown. There are environmental advantages to allowing limited construction, says Terry Turpin, director of the Office of Energy Projects at FERC.
Volunteers surveying construction sites in Anne Arundel County, Md., found only about a third of them are correctly using mulch and grass to stem sediment flows into waterways. Community groups and environmentalists say the survey results indicate a need for stricter enforcement of relevant regulations.
A study in Romania producing gully erosion susceptibility maps examined a range of factors that affect soil erosion, including overgrazing. The results were inconclusive, and they point to the need for a multitemporal analysis of erosion.
Online registration is now open for the IECA Seattle Regional Event: Wet Weather Prep Begins with Project Design on Sept. 18, 2018 in SeaTac, Wash. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the project designs in wet weather climates. This one day event is worth 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Register now, space is limited!
Please take a moment to review the candidates running for this year's IECA Region One Board of Directors Election and share your input on the new tagline for IECA. The online voting platform will allow you to review the candidates' bios and statement to run in addition to the tagline options voted on from our tagline contest. To enter the platform use your member ID as the username and IECAVote18 for the password. Voting will close Sept. 14, 2018. Vote Now!