Pa. official says his state could do more to reduce bay pollution | Lake Michigan buoys to provide erosion insights | Erosion concerns halt work on Mountain Valley Pipeline
August 9, 2018
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Pa. official says his state could do more to reduce bay pollution
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.
The Baltimore Sun (8/7),  The Associated Press (8/7) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
Lake Michigan buoys to provide erosion insights
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.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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Erosion concerns halt work on Mountain Valley Pipeline
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 Roanoke Star (Va.) (8/6) 
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Stormwater Management
Texas flood control district proposes 237 projects with bond measure
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.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Study evaluates design factor in sustainable drainage systems
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.
MDPI (Switzerland) (8/6) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
Mo. group experiments with watershed project
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.
St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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Policy & Regulation
Victims from 2015 Colo. mine spill haven't been repaid
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.
CNBC/The Associated Press (8/3) 
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From Around the World
Study examines barriers to reservoir management
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.
MDPI (Switzerland) (8/4) 
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Forest blazes seen as long-term blight in Ontario
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.
The Toronto Star/The Canadian Press (8/6) 
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IECA News
IECA Now Offers PDH Hours Approved by the Registered Continuing Education Program
IECA has been approved as an Authorized Provider of Professional Development Hours (PDH) by the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Being an approved provider for RCEP means online training sessions and other training venues will allow attendee to earn PDH's that are valid in all 50 states. Learn more about RCEP.
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Submit Your IECA Region One Board of Directors Nomination Today!
Nominations for the IECA Region One Board of Director end TODAY. Learn more about the responsibilities and requirements for serving on the IECA Board. And, download the nomination form to submit the nomination of your choice. Submit your nomination by the end of the day to be considered for the election!
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