Meatpacker discharging high levels of nitrogen is within federal limits | Popular Ind. beach needs restoration, but who will step up? | Foxconn unit fined over Wis. site runoff
October 18, 2018
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Meatpacker discharging high levels of nitrogen is within federal limits
The JBS slaughterhouse in Beardstown, Ill., released an average of 1,850 pounds of nitrogen a day into a tributary of the Illinois River in 2017, states a report by the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. Despite that figure, which JBS disputed, the facility is still within the allowable discharge limit under the Clean Water Act.
Lake County News-Sun (Gurnee, Ill.) (10/12) 
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Erosion/Sediment Control
Popular Ind. beach needs restoration, but who will step up?
Indiana's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk opened in 2009 on a former steel mill waste site and quickly proved popular with visitors. But it has since suffered major erosion, and now the question arises of which entity will pay for the much-needed restoration.
Lake County News-Sun (Gurnee, Ill.) (10/12) 
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Stormwater Management
Foxconn unit fined over Wis. site runoff
Foxconn's heralded $10 billion manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant, Wis., is the subject of environmental scrutiny, as a company unit has been fined $1,200 over stormwater rushing off the construction site during heavy rains last month. State authorities determined that a pond to restrain rainwater was not finished before crews began grading.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Iowa flood wall tested by 21.2-foot crest
A concrete flood wall along the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa, revealed a few weaknesses, as a 21.2-foot crest caused cracks and seepage. The wall has already undergone several trials this year, during which the pores in the concrete were exposed to river water and sediment.
The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa) (10/16) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
S.C. city takes steps to preserve beach
The City Council of Folly Beach, S.C., is expected to follow up next month with beach preservation plans after a development moratorium was imposed in June. Proposals would keep construction off the beach, and ordinances would address issues including lots, septic tanks, dune protection, sea walls and marshes.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (10/14) 
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Policy & Regulation
Plan would protect Boston Harbor from rising sea levels
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has released a potentially $1 billion Resilient Boston Harbor plan to help guard the city's waterfront against rising sea levels. It entails restoring 122 acres of marshes, creating 67 acres of open space and elevating certain areas of the shoreline susceptible to flooding.
WHDH-TV (Boston)/The Associated Press (10/17) 
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Wastewater discharge into streams, rivers could be allowed by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding consultations to determine whether to allow oil and natural gas drillers to dump wastewater into rivers and streams by amending federal water standards, said Lee Forsgren, deputy assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Water. Treating drilling wastewater to discharge it into bodies of water is uneconomical with current technology and regulations, industry experts say.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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From Around the World
Study gauges effectiveness of urban stormwater pipe networks
A South Korean study evaluated urban stormwater pipe network structures in terms of the relationship between peak rainfall and runoff. Researchers concluded, among other things, that looped networks implemented with affordable budgets are superior and, more generally, that network complexity is a crucial factor in reducing the risk of flooding.
MDPI (Switzerland) (10/13) 
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This presentation will provide full details on what constitutes healthy soil, comprehensive information about biotic soil technologies and if they impact soil health. Multiple project sites that have been evaluated for various soil health parameters prior to and after biotic soil technology application will be presented to determine soil health impacts. Save the date for Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST. Register now!
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