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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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