A week after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Pennsylvania and New York to take responsibility for their contributions to the amount of pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania's secretary of environmental protection, said his state could be doing more to reduce pollution and has set a goal to improve by 2025.
Two new buoys deployed in Lake Michigan are gauging wind speed, surface current, wave height and water temperatures in real time. The data are expected to give researchers a clearer picture of factors contributing to coastal erosion along northern Illinois' lakefront.
Most work on Virginia's Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission collaborates with the state Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that erosion and sediment controls are in place. In particular, the DEQ will be inspecting the project for site stabilization; DEQ Director David Paylor says the inspection is underway.
The Harris County Flood Control District in Texas is seeking voter approval for a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal for 237 projects. If approved, it would be the county's largest investment in flood infrastructure since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Both urban planning and water engineering figure into the design of sustainable drainage systems, or SuDS, to meet various needs. A recent SuDS study by Swedish researchers found that the sequence of stormwater control measures affects the system's performance based on rainfall volume.
Missouri's new Grand River Conference is launching a pilot project to protect the regional watershed from erosion. The 30-year goal is to create a market-based model that could be applied throughout the Mississippi River basin.
Victims of a big mine spill in southwestern Colorado triggered by the Environmental Protection Agency are still awaiting damage compensation three years after the event. In 2015, an EPA-led contractor accidentally released 3 million gallons of pollution carrying nearly 540 tons of metals into rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, prompting affected residents to file for $318 million in losses.
A recent study used general and past sediment management efforts in Taiwan to identify social and technical barriers to better management of reservoirs all over the world. Barriers include high engineering costs, site conditions and the prioritization of tourism over sediment management.
As of Sunday, more than 120 forest fires were burning across Ontario, and experts say some of the damage they inflict will have long-term consequences. Adding to concerns are changing weather patterns, which are expected to make such blazes more frequent.
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