April 20, 2021
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Mangroves are three to 10 times more effective at absorbing carbon than most ecosystems, according to research led by Australia's Griffith University. However, mangroves are endangered in many areas due to agriculture, aquaculture and erosion, the researchers state.
Full Story: Griffith University (Australia) (4/15) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
New Zealand lawmakers are drafting a law that will help the country formulate a plan for a "managed retreat" of structures from coastal areas endangered by rising seas. Tens of thousands of homes will become so endangered by steadily accelerating erosion over the next few decades that insurance for them will no longer be affordable, according to a Deep South Challenge report.
Full Story: Newshub (New Zealand) (4/17) 
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New Orleans' Glass Half Full project is exploring the use of tons of discarded glass from the city's many bars as a source to make sand and help restore Louisiana's coastline. Last year, the project used recycled glass to make free sandbags for residents to barricade their homes against flooding.
Full Story: The Guardian (London) (free registration) (4/16) 
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Stormwater Management
A multi-phase stormwater management project in Charleston, S.C., is set to wrap up next year and is expected to increase stormwater flow in designated areas by 500%. The gravity-based system, designed to reduce flooding and protect natural ecosystems, will use surface pipes, box pipes and tunnels to send stormwater into the Ashley River.
Full Story: Charleston City Paper (S.C.) (4/14) 
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Operators of dams in North Carolina told South Carolina state legislators that hurricanes and unusually heavy rainfall are to blame for overtaxing reservoirs and subsequent flooding. "When we release water, it's because we have no other choice," said Mark Gross, vice president of operations for Cube Hydro.
Full Story: Coastal Observer (Pawleys Island, S.C.) (4/17) 
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MS4 Management
A $1.4 million project to dredge Lakemont Park pond in Altoona, Pa., should be finished by late next month, according to contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. The project will help the city comply with a state requirement to reduce the sediment entering area streams.
Full Story: The Altoona Mirror (Pa.) (4/16) 
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Policy & Regulation
Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., has reintroduced legislation to amend the National Environmental Policy Act through streamlined project reviews. The bill is designed to eliminate unclear provisions and to define the responsibilities of each authority contributing to environmental reviews to achieve "practical project timelines."
Full Story: Progressive Railroading (4/15),  Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (La.) (4/14) 
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Trump administration rules that opened federal lands to fossil fuel leasing have been canceled. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has revoked the rules as part of the Biden administration's focus on the environment.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/16) 
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IECA News
Don't miss the last session of the IECA Great Lakes Virtual Connection web series on April 21. We'll be discussing native vegetation re-establishment on Lake Michigan bluffs. Learn more!
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Hosted by EPA Region 4, the International Erosion Control Association, and Southeast Chapter of IECA, the Seventh Annual Municipal Wet Weather Conference (MS4) will return in-person June 7-9 in Huntsville, Alabama. Learn more about the schedule and returning to in-person events!
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