Video: Texas dams at significant risk in major flood | Ariz. county's erosion project wins statewide recognition | UK project lets nature spread protective sand beaches
November 16, 2017
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Video: Texas dams at significant risk in major flood
Video: Texas dams at significant risk in major flood
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Hundreds of dams could fail during a catastrophic flood in Texas, because dam safety standards in the state are lower than in other states, according to this analysis. Many residents don't know about dam safety in their area due to restrictions on information after 9/11.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (11/10) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
Ariz. county's erosion project wins statewide recognition
An erosion-fighting project that transformed a steep wash into a shallow basin has earned Cochise County an Arizona Association of Counties award. The Horseshoe Draw Erosion Control Project mitigates flooding, prevents soil loss on range land, and curbs sediment and E-coli flow into the San Pedro River.
KOLD-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (11/13) 
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UK project lets nature spread protective sand beaches
A solution to guard crucial infrastructure in the UK from coastal storms will also benefit hundreds of homes. An adaptation of the Dutch Sand Engine involves placing 2 million cubic yards of sand protection and then allowing nature to do the hard work of spreading the sediment and build defensive beaches.
New Civil Engineer (11/14) 
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Californians warned of post-fire mudslide threat
Mudslides are likely in areas near California's La Tuna fire, which swept over more than 7,000 acres, and officials are warning residents of Burbank. Engineers are examining the area to project where slides are most likely to happen during the rainy season.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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Stormwater Management
Study shows benefits of Danish cloudburst system
A new study assesses Copenhagen's stormwater system within the framework of a Three Point Approach using state-of-the-art modeling. The results confirm multiple advantages -- including better protection against flooding -- for a system that disconnects from the city's combined sewer system during a cloudburst.
MDPI (Switzerland) (11/12) 
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China looks to soak up runoff with "sponge cities"
China's 2-year-old Sponge City Initiative aims to control stormwater runoff and reduce the rising risk of flooding. The $12 billion, 30-city program involves planting greenery on rooftops and building wetlands and permeable roads to manage runoff.
Business Insider/UK (11/10) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
N.J. coastal project begins with salt marsh restoration
A project to make 60 miles of New Jersey coastline more resilient got under way with the launch of restoration work at a salt marsh in the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. The $200,000, three-week project will reduce the risk of flooding and benefit wildlife.
Shore News Today (Seaville, N.J.) (11/10) 
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Okla. lake tests floating wetland as breakwater
A team that includes managers of Oklahoma's Lake Thunderbird is at work on a floating wetlands project to test its effectiveness against bank erosion. The wetlands will serve as a breakwater to calm wave action along the lake's shores and clear the way for vegetation to return.
The Norman Transcript (Okla.) (11/13) 
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Policy & Regulation
Wehrum becomes EPA air and radiation chief
William Wehrum was sworn in Monday as the Environmental Protection Agency's new Office of Air and Radiation chief. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate last week in a 49-47 vote.
E&E News (subscription required) (11/13) 
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New! Members-only webinar address state of the industry
Attend the FREE Dec. 6 webinar to gain insight into the state of the industry from industry experts. Paul Emrath, Ph.D., National Association of Homebuilders VP will discuss the current labor shortage. Phillip Reagin will discuss current weather patterns and the impact it's having on the stormwater industry. Jimmy Christianson, AGC Regulatory Counsel, will present current US regulations industry impact and Brian Zupancic, CSA group, will review Canadian standards.
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Field tours added to the 2018 IECA Annual Conference and Expo
Visit the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project to see the world's greenest container shipping terminal that is nearly all electric and has zero emissions. Equipped with the most advanced technologies in North America, the new facility will handle twice as much cargo as the two terminals it replaces, while dramatically cutting air pollution. Learn more about the tour and register now!
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