Proposed 2020 budget slashes waterway cleanup funding | Students document rapid erosion of Calif. bluffs | 30-mile flood diversion project to spare Fargo, N.D.
March 14, 2019
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Proposed 2020 budget slashes waterway cleanup funding
President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal would cut most or all federal support for programs responsible for cleaning up major US waterways. Specifically, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program would each see 90% funding cuts.
The Associated Press (3/11) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
Students document rapid erosion of Calif. bluffs
Students at the University of California at Santa Barbara studying the crumbling bluffs of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista are reaching alarming conclusions about the bluffs' brittle shale. "Just by coming out here every week, I'm seeing a lot of rock falls happening, like this soil just slumping off the top, and every week it looks a little scarier," says student Sydney Maguire.
KEYT-TV (Santa Barbara, Calif.) (3/9) 
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Stormwater Management
30-mile flood diversion project to spare Fargo, N.D.
Extensive spring flooding occurs nearly annually in Fargo, N.D. But after years of delays, a $2.75 billion infrastructure project is about to address the problem by diverting Red River waters for 30 miles around the city.
Governing online (3/12) 
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Video: TVA tackles debris washed away by Feb. rains
Tennessee Valley Authority crews are attempting to deal with tons of debris washed onto shorelines along state riverbanks after record water levels last month. The downstream debris even caused officials to stop generation at some TVA dams.
WTVC-TV (Chattanooga, Tenn.) (3/8) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
Continual monitoring gauges health of Mich. lake
Researchers are periodically monitoring the waters of Michigan's Lake Macatawa and its watershed to gauge the effectiveness of the Project Clarity initiative to curb sources of phosphorous that can lead to harmful algae blooms. Readings are taken at five locations several times per year.
The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (3/11) 
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Deficiencies cited in Foxconn construction
Construction of the Foxconn plant in southeast Wisconsin is expected to lead to an increase in water and sediment that flows southward. The flow estimate, by Illinois' Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, cites four areas of concern with the Foxconn project, including lax erosion and sediment control efforts, as well as the absence of wetland mitigation when wetlands are filled.
Lake County News-Sun (Gurnee, Ill.) (3/9) 
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Policy & Regulation
Houston proposes $2B in sewer upgrades
Houston is proposing to spend an extra $2 billion to upgrade its sewer system over the next 15 years as part of a "consent decree" with the Environmental Protection Agency, but it is unclear how much the work would increase customers' water bills. The City Council is expected to consider the proposal in April.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/11) 
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Plan to lower water level at Lake Okeechobee draws concerns
A proposal to lower the level of Florida's Lake Okeechobee to 10.5 feet above sea level during rainy season is designed to curtail discharges creating algae blooms in neighboring counties. But critics cite dangers in the plan, including fresh water shortages, damage to well fields and crop destruction.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/8) 
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From Around the World
Philippine project targets rive flooding, erosion
An 1,804-foot gabion revetment and rubble concrete installation along the Philippines' Ingalera River is part of a massive flood control project approved by the country's Department of Public Works and Highways. The design of the project addresses erosion along the Ingalera riverbank and the rapid rise of water in the area.
Philippine Daily Inquirer (3/11) 
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Biodiversity on the rise at North China lakes, wetlands
Biodiversity is picking up in three major lakes in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Authorities say monitoring has measured significant wetland improvement in Hulun Lake, Ulan Suhai Lake and Daihai Lake, due partly to urban sewage and industrial wastewater being disposed of.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (3/11) 
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IECA Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference schedule is now online
The IECA Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater (MS4) Conference schedule is now online. Learn more about the speakers and regional training sessions for the event happening May 20-22, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. Learn more!
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IECA Vancouver Regional Event takes a deep dive into city rainwater strategy
Learn more about Vancouver rainwater strategy, regulations, design and GI practices at the IECA Vancouver Regional Event: Rainwater Management Solutions Symposium on April 8 at The Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on April 8. Register now!
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