Senators working on a bipartisan infrastructure package failed to reach their goal of finishing Monday, getting stuck on issues such as the amount of money to allocate for water infrastructure. Senators may have to work through the weekend to wrap up the almost $1 trillion bill.
IECA President Nicky Araujo has been involved with the organization for 30 years and within that time, he has promoted and begun to see acceptance for green erosion control solutions. In this interview, Araujo looks ahead to the future of IECA and the industry.
A massive, 6-mile-long seawall proposed by the US Army Corps of Engineers would protect only part of downtown Miami from rising seas, write University of Miami professors Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos and Brian Haus. They are encouraging alternative solutions in the form of less imposing hard structures paired with green alternatives that serve to retain the character of the city on the sea.
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Eastern North America and the Mediterranean Sea are among the most severely affected areas as marine forest ecosystems around the world give way to flat seascapes of short turf algae, according to a University of Western Australia study. The researchers note that when the turfs expand, they tend to provide only simple habitats, greatly reducing the diversity of sea life.
Native plantings and other living shoreline solutions to beach erosion are gaining ground in Connecticut, where one estimate says sea levels may rise by 1⅔ feet by 2050. Green solutions improve coastal habitats and ease access for visitors, while avoiding the unintended damage that can occur with hard alternatives such as seawalls.
Rotterdam’s Benthemplein water square, which hosts sunken sports fields in dry weather, but as much as 450,000 gallons of water if it rains, is one example of the innovative ways cities around the world are preparing against floods driven in part by climate-induced sea-level rise.
Four organizations will use a New York City Green Relief and Recovery Fund grant to maintain rain gardens across the city, including one in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that diverts polluted stormwater runoff from Newtown Creek. "This collaboration is really a way for us to come together across the city and really work to make sure that green infrastructure, rain gardens across the city, is really a success," said Maggie Greenfield of the Bronx River Alliance, one of the groups involved.
The beginning of August will mark the start of maintenance dredging and beach nourishment at Minnesota Point. Under contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers Wisconsin-based Roen Salvage plans to dredge 40,000 cubic yards of material.
The Environmental Protection Agency is revisiting changes the Trump administration made to wastewater disposal requirements for coal-burning power plants and plans to propose a new, stronger rule in the fall of 2022. The existing rule will remain in effect in the meantime.
By 2030, as much as 40% of the urban surface area in dozens of major world cities will feature trees, parks, permeable pavers and other green infrastructure elements under the C40 Cities Urban Nature Declaration, recently signed by 31 mayors across six continents. "As we seek to deliver a green and just recovery, investing in and implementing nature-based climate solutions will be imperative to public health and well-being, as well as the success of global efforts to tackle the climate crisis," said C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Executive Director Mark Watts.
Join us for the 2021 Texas Regional Conference, Oct. 19-20 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will kick off with a great keynote from the assistant director of public works for the City of San Antonio followed by a full schedule of education, vendor expo and a field tour to see the new flood gates in San Antonio! Learn more!
Learn how ASCE rehabilitated its five-acre parking lot, originally constructed prior to 1985, to incorporate and showcase effective LID practices to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution at the IECA MAC Conference, Sept. 13-16. The session will cover how the retrofitted parking lot reduced the number of impervious surfaces and constructed stormwater storage facilities to promote infiltration. Learn more!
If the ends don't justify the means, then what does?
Bob Moses, civil rights activist, educator 1935-2021
The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is the world's oldest and largest non-profit, member organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals who specialize in natural resource protection. For more information about IECA, please visit www.ieca.org.