Rear Adm. Matthew Bell Jr. has succeeded Rear Adm. Michael McAllister as head of Coast Guard operations in Alaska. Bell, who will be based in Juneau, has long experience in Alaska, with his service in the state dating to 1989.
Erosion of a bluff canyon east of Port Angeles, Wash., has forced a road closure and created an urgent need for repairs of a badly designed 1960s-era culvert, which led to the problem. Erosion has reduced the distance from the edge of the canyon to the road from 40 feet in February to 12 feet.
Green solutions to preserve shorelines from erosion are effective, but implementation time can be a negative factor, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has found. Researchers found, for instance, that marsh sills withstood storms better than hard bulkheads, although the sills' permit turnaround time is three months, compared to a few days for a bulkhead permit.
Spring is bringing floods in Canada as river ice breaks up and obstructs flows amid growing runoff, but the future may be even worse, some warn. Factors contributing to more severe conditions include changing weather patterns, harsher storms and an increase in built-up areas.
Pittsfield, Mass., is preparing to commence a $74 million federally mandated upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant, but an additional $110,000 will be needed to meet a new requirement for a stormwater permit. The Environmental Protection Agency mandate, announced last week, is aimed at curbing pollutants entering waterways from municipal drainage systems.
Minnesota's Pennington County is taking a forward-looking approach to conservation in the Red Lake River Watershed by prioritizing water quality and topsoil retention work. The effort is part of the larger One Watershed, One Plan program, which coordinates efforts among seven local governments within the watershed.
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a statewide approach to improve both stormwater management and water quality across New Hampshire. Among other things, a new permit seeks to curb floods with urban stormwater measures and target illegal sewage discharges.
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and California's attorney general have filed a notice of intent to sue over water protection failures alleged against the US Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The notice states that more than 12 million gallons of untreated wastewater have flowed from the Tijuana River Watershed in Mexico into California.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is challenging the "impairment" designation that state and federal authorities have given to Lake Erie's open waters due to algal blooms caused by agriculture pollution. In March, the state Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to make such a declaration, but Kasich said "we don't have a definition that declares it'll be impaired."
A huge increase in population and built-up areas in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah between 1976 and 2016 forms the background for a rainwater harvesting and flooding study. The report finds significant reductions in the quantity of rain required to trigger flooding, while also documenting substantial increases in the ability to capture rainwater, providing valuable insights for development in other cities.