EPA chief visits post-storm Houston area | Podcast: How RUSLE2 has grown as an erosion prediction tool | Effect of removable seawalls in dispute after Irma
September 21, 2017
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EPA chief visits post-storm Houston area
EPA chief visits post-storm Houston area
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Facing criticism over failure to visit Superfund sites after Hurricane Harvey and his comments about changing weather patterns, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Houston to examine cleanup efforts. The tour included an inspection of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits and a flyover tour of six other area Superfund sites.
The Hill (9/15) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Erosion/Sediment Control
Podcast: How RUSLE2 has grown as an erosion prediction tool
The Agriculture Department's RUSLE2 database draws on decades of US erosion data. In a podcast recorded at the IECA Conference, Dave Lightle reflects on more than 40 years of working with the RUSLE2 mathematical prediction tool and its growth from a tool for agriculture to one that guides designs in urban runoff, mine remediation and more.
Geosynthetica (9/12) 
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Effect of removable seawalls in dispute after Irma
Tropical Storm Irma damaged homes in South Carolina's Wild Dunes and Harbor Island communities, and it's uncertain whether experimental removable seawalls in the area would have helped. One assessment is that the walls effectively move the shoreline closer to the areas they're designed to protect.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (9/18) 
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Stormwater Management
River through Tucson deemed a flooding danger
Sediment and vegetation that have accumulated since record flooding in 1983 have left the Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Ariz., in a newly flood-prone state, per a report prepared for Pima County. The soil cement used to line the river through downtown hasn't proved effective, the report states.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (9/16) 
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Army engineers recruited to study Idaho river flooding
Flood mapping, damage reduction measures and environmental restoration will be among the subjects explored by the Army Corps of Engineers in a long-term study of Idaho's Big Wood River. Blaine County contracted for the work after severe spring flooding along the river.
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide (9/15) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
Army engineers go high-tech to gauge beach sand loss in S.C.
The Army Corps of Engineers is studying how Folly Beach, S.C., can be restored after storms Irma and Matthew washed away much of the sand from a previous $30 million renourishment project. The Corps is using a small vehicle equipped with GPS and LIDAR to accurately assess the loss from Irma, which is believed to have caused more erosion than Matthew.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (9/16) 
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MS4 Management
Pa. township proposes multiple stormwater solutions
Pennsylvania's Franconia Township is proposing a variety of stormwater runoff solutions to comply with state requirements, including streambank restoration, riparian buffers and pond retrofits. The solutions are designed to curb the sediments and accompanying pollutants that reach state waterways.
Montgomery News (Fort Washington, Pa.) (9/18) 
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Policy & Regulation
Report: Texas cities fall short in green methods to control stormwater
Texas cities generally lack the public policies that would promote green infrastructure and other measures to curb damaging stormwater runoff, per a report by Environment Texas. "Smaller amounts that the green infrastructure can capture means that if you use it on a wide scale, it is very effective in addressing the flooding that comes from smaller storm events that happen much more frequently," said report author Brian Zabcik.
Public News Service (9/15) 
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US coastal growth powers ahead despite storms
US coastal growth powers ahead despite storms
Damage from Irma in Naples, Fla. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Development along the US coastline hasn't been deterred by repeated devastating storm lashings, an Associated Press survey shows. Coastline counties have grown an average of 5.6%, with faster rates recorded in storm-prone southern regions.
Las Vegas Sun/The Associated Press (9/16) 
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From Around the World
Czech study yields insights into tile drainage
A multiyear study of tile-drained catchments in Czechia revealed significant differences among the monitored sites concerning the season and the methods used. But the findings have implications for improved assessment of nutrient loads and the design of tile drainage mitigation.
MDPI (Switzerland) (9/16) 
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2018 IECA Mountain States Regional Conference registration is now online!
Join industry leaders, Thursday, Nov. 16, for the IECA Mountain States Regional Conference in Denver, Colorado. Attending this conference provides will give you an understanding on local EPA regulations, urban stream restoration, post-construction BMPs and more!
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IECA Region One award nominations now open!
Recognize the outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control industry. Nominations are now open for the Environmental Excellence, Sustained Contributor and Outstanding Professional awards. Learn more and submit before Oct. 31.
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