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Houston set to vote on $2.5 billion flood control bond proposal
Houston set to vote on $2.5 billion flood control bond proposal
Aug 8 2018
The Harris County Flood Control District released a list of projects to be funded by the county’s $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal.…
Flood risk persists across mid-Atlantic coast
Flood risk persists across mid-Atlantic coast
Aug 3 2018
Heavy rains have led to flooding across the mid-Atlantic coast this week and the risk of flash floods will persist into the weekend in coastal…
Secretary Zinke meets with advocates to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Secretary Zinke meets with advocates to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Jul 31 2018
On July 22, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with members of Restore Hetch Hetchy, an environmental group that advocates for draining the Hetch…
Storm water diversion tunnel in north Chicago neighborhood completed
Storm water diversion tunnel in north Chicago neighborhood completed
Jul 26 2018
On July 24, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut a ceremonial ribbon signaling the completion of the Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel in a north…
Jul 23 2018
Tropical Depression Son Tinh, Tropical Storm Ampil and Tropical Depression Josie led to flooding and loss of life in Vietnam, China and the…
Louisiana receives flood control funding
Louisiana receives flood control funding
Jul 11 2018
The White House Office of Management and Budget approved $1.4 billion in federal funds for flood protection projects in Louisiana, including the West…
Flooding in Japan leads to 155 deaths as search efforts continue
Flooding in Japan leads to 155 deaths as search efforts continue
Jul 10 2018
At least 155 people have died in western Japan from floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains. While emergency rain warnings have been lifted,…
Thai rescuers save soccer team flooded in cave
Thai rescuers save soccer team flooded in cave
Jul 9 2018
Rescuers have extracted twelve members of a boys soccer team and their coach stranded in a Thailand cave system since June 23. The twelve players and…
Floods in Romania have led to five deaths
Floods in Romania have led to five deaths
Jul 3 2018
Heavy rains have triggered flash flooding in eastern and central Romania. More than 750 people have been rescued from the flood waters and at least…
Webinar to address green infrastructure in Champaign, Ill.
Webinar to address green infrastructure in Champaign, Ill.
Jul 3 2018
Registration has opened for the webinar "Improving Campustown: Using Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Flooding." Rick Hitchcock, senior principal,…
Las Vegas plans to expand storm drain system
Las Vegas plans to expand storm drain system
Jul 2 2018
The Las Vegas Flood Control District announced plans to build an $11.16 million storm drain in North Las Vegas. The drains will be a part of a larger…
Managing editor reflects on Hurricane Maria and the upcoming hurricane season
Managing editor reflects on Hurricane Maria and the upcoming hurricane season
Jun 29 2018
With a grand entrance, the 2018 hurricane season arrived. Actually, it arrived a little early. Hurricane season technically begins June 1, but at the…
Santa Barbara, Calif., adopts new flood map
Santa Barbara, Calif., adopts new flood map
Jun 25 2018
On June 19, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt updated maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that show…
Mississippi state receives flood control funding from USACE
Mississippi state receives flood control funding from USACE
Jun 20 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a plan that includes nearly $56 million for Mississippi water projects, including wastewater…
FEMA approves funding for Houston home buyouts and flood control
FEMA approves funding for Houston home buyouts and flood control
Jun 7 2018
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated $25.6 million from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to help the Harris County Flood…
Chicago experiences record floods and rainfall for May
Chicago experiences record floods and rainfall for May
May 31 2018
On May 30, the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto hit Chicago, causing record levels of rainfall and substantial flooding. 7.64 in. of rain were…
Hurricane Maria's death toll may be larger than anticipated
Hurricane Maria's death toll may be larger than anticipated
May 30 2018
A new Harvard study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that at least 4,645 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria. The…
Subtropical Storm Alberto floods Florida
Subtropical Storm Alberto floods Florida
May 29 2018
On May 28, Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle. The storm reached maximum sustained winds of 45 mph when it made…
Understanding the MEP compliance standard in MS4 permitting
Understanding the MEP compliance standard in MS4 permitting
May 25 2018
Over the past decade, municipalities that own or operate a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) have faced a trend of expanding MS4 permits…
Erosion control managed a storm water drainage problem
The restored stable stream included an armored channel, pool and riffle grade control, and gentle side slopes.
May 25 2018
Texas A&M University is experiencing a growth spurt. The university, founded in 1871 in what is now the city of College Station, Texas, has…
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