Calif. slide mud trucked to reinforce beaches | Seaside erosion endangers Hawaii condos | Drones give a sharper land survey picture
January 18, 2018
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Calif. slide mud trucked to reinforce beaches
Calif. slide mud trucked to reinforce beaches
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Mud recovered from mudslides in Montecito, Calif., is finding a new use on nearby beaches. Up to 300,000 cubic yards of mud is being trucked to serve as an erosion bulwark in the surf zone at Goleta and Carpinteria beaches.
KSBY-TV (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (1/13) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
Seaside erosion endangers Hawaii condos
Erosion is now threatening nine condominium complexes on Hawaii's Kahana Bay as winter waves batter West Maui's shoreline. Nearby where seawalls were built decades ago, erosion is taking a toll and endangering properties as sinkholes form.
KHNL-TV/KGMB-TV (Honolulu) (1/11) 
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Drones give a sharper land survey picture
Aerial mapping by drone that incorporates 3D imaging for elevation is providing Canada's Prince Edward Island more accurate ground surveys than possible in the past. The technology, used for soil conservation efforts, is also more cost-effective.
CBC News (Canada) (1/12) 
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Stormwater Management
Rainwater capture seen as one solution to Calif. weather disasters
More frequent droughts, fires and mudslides are expected to be part of California's future amid changing weather patterns, and one solution may come in the form of capturing more rainwater before it spills into the ocean. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering options in this regard, including public education and investment.
Los Angeles Daily News (1/12) 
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Del. braces for rising seas as residents pursue shoreside living
The sea level along Delaware's coast is rising at an accelerating rate even as more and more people flock to live near the water. In response, officials are urging residents to reconsider low-lying areas; officials are also taking steps to address increasingly frequent flooding.
USA Today/Delmarva Now (1/16) 
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Calif. city expands water resource plan
Yucaipa, Calif.'s North Bench water resource plan started with three detention basins and now includes other flood control measures and various quality-of-life enhancements. Overall, the plan incorporates "drainage to reduce the risk of flooding on public and private properties throughout the city while recharging the groundwater aquifers via stormwater capture," City Manager Ray Casey says.
Yucaipa & Calimesa News Mirror (Calif.) (1/12) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
South Fla. water program progresses in 2017
The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration program marked considerable progress in 2017. Regional and state agencies, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, coordinated their efforts to address four water flow issues -- quantity, quality, timing and distribution -- and restore a portion of the historic flows to the area's "river of grass."
Army Corps of Engineers (1/10) 
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Policy & Regulation
Report charts hazardous military sites across S.C.
Sixty-one former or current military facilities across South Carolina are contaminated with toxins, states a ProPublica report based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency and Defense Department's Environmental Restoration Program. Six installations are identified as high risk, including the former Donaldson Air Force Base, with nine such sites, three of which are active.
Greenville Journal (S.C.) (1/15) 
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From Around the World
Study examines linkage of water pollution, heavy-metal sediment
A study in China undertook the rare simultaneous study of the relationship between water quality and sediment pollution with heavy metals. Among other things, results from the heavily polluted Haihe River Basin indicated that heavy-metal pollution from industry was fairly low, even though overall water quality was rated poor due to sewage discharge.
MDPI (Switzerland) (1/15) 
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2018 IECA Annual Conference housing cut-off date is Jan. 22
Book your hotel online now -- before rooms are gone -- for the IECA Annual Conference and Expo to ensure you're staying at your preferred hotel! Use the online IECA room block tool from our housing bureau to ensure that you get the best room rate close to the convention center and use a trusted source to secure your room.
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Day pass and expo passes available for the IECA Annual Conference
Can't make the whole IECA Annual Conference Feb. 11-14 in Long Beach, Calif.? Or do you really only want to visit the Expo Hall? Day passes and expo hall only passes are available to attend for as low as $75. Learn more and register!
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