The Navy submarines USS Connecticut and USS Hartford are being joined by the Royal Navy's HMS Trenchant in Ice Exercise 2018. The five-week exercise evaluates operational procedures in Arctic conditions.
The Navy plans to name its next destroyer after an Irish immigrant corporal in the Marine Corps who died in the Vietnam War. Cpl. Patrick Gallagher was awarded the Navy Cross for saving fellow Marines by diving onto a live grenade.
The USS Ralph Johnson is on its way from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., to South Carolina for commissioning this month. The ship is named after Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, a Medal of Honor recipient who died in the Vietnam War at age 19 when he threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines.
Documents in a lawsuit filed by former Microsoft employee Katherine Moussouris say the company received 238 complaints from women from 2010 to 2016 detailing sexual harassment, gender and pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. Moussouris filed the lawsuit in 2015, but two others have since joined the suit, and attorneys are seeking class-action status.
Regulations that led to the cleanup of toxic, corrosive and noxious waterways in the Philadelphia region decades ago are now under attack and must be defended, write Scott Cooper and Matt Rader. Citing the example of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Cooper and Rader write that "[w]e must search out opportunities for collaboration and secure additional funding (through public and private sources) to implement restoration and protection efforts."
The gray infrastructure set up to protect against flooding in the Houston-Harris County region is gradually revealing its limits, write Loren Raun and Deborah January-Bevers. A better solution may lie in funding restoration and regular cleanup, as well as nature-based land use, whose cost-benefit ratio "can be substantially greater than maintaining 'gray infrastructure' equivalents."
Rising stream temperatures and changes in stream chemistry are among the consequences of changing weather patterns that can step up channel erosion due to destabilized soil colloids. A study looks at these factors and notes the vital role of water chemistry in cohesive streambank erosion rates and suggests that channel protection measures should include controls for stream temperature.
Pioneering research to gauge nitrogen cycling in stormwater ponds in the coastal Southeast finds that the ponds are not serving as expected by removing nitrogen from the water that enters. In fact, during the summer, the ponds actually add nitrogen.
Residents of Lower Burrell, Pa., learned recently that MS4 requirements mean the city will need to curb stormwater entering the city's sanitary sewer system by 30%; they also addressed the flash flood problem that periodically inundates Kinlock residents' yards. These issues emerged at a public hearing on MS4 as part of required public outreach.
Cuts in federal spending for coastal resilience are heightening the debate over how to use the funding available for Staten Island's shores. At issue are the $9.3 million Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project and the $60 million Living Breakwaters Project.