Chicago officials will contract with ABM Janitorial, Diverse Facility Solutions, A&R Janitorial and Total Facility Maintenance to clean government buildings, with We're Cleaning getting 10% of ABM's contract. The contracts total $106.3 million.
Cape Town, South Africa, which is due to run out of water in June, is the latest in a series of major cities to face water crises. In anticipation of similar events, Texas authorities are adopting what they call a "One Water" strategy that brings together various levels of government and water sources -- including rainfall and "gray water" from households -- for a more holistic approach to the problem.
Geologic forces are causing Rhode Island to sink at a rate of 4 inches per century even as sea levels rise. And the effects are already evident in more frequent instances of nuisance flooding.
Muddy slopes and sediment-clogged streams were left behind by a Wisconsin construction company that helped build pipelines in two other states and is now engaged to build Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. Precision Pipeline is the principal contractor, and opponents of the new line say results similar to those in Pennsylvania and West Virginia may be expected due to the area's similar terrain.
Replenishing sand along a stretch of beach at Virginia's Hashamomuck Cove is a chancy and costly project that Southold town leaders are wise to reject, writes Defend H20 founder Kevin McAllister. The effort would entail a range of risks, including rising sea levels as a factor that the Army Corps of Engineers scarcely considers, McAllister writes.
Seven hundred thousand cubic yards of sand are being added to the coastline in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as part of a $10 million restoration project. The sand is being deposited through metal pipes in 1,000-foot sections and is on track for completion in March.
Middletown, Ohio, will be building storage basins and adding other improvements to its sewerage and sewage treatment plant over 25 years. The plan is part of a settlement reached with the Department of Justice and federal and state environmental regulators under the Clean Water Act to address raw sewage the city periodically sends into the Great Miami River and Hydraulic Canal.
A Chinese study on the Jing River examines the effects of sediment on the risk of river diversion undertaken when dams are built. Results indicate that a Monte Carlo simulation is valuable for assessing diversion risk while also pointing to the degradation effect of sediment in dam projects, especially with high-assurance diversion plans.
Oregon environmental regulators are scrambling to meet a court-ordered deadline to produce guidelines for mercury that may ultimately affect rules on erosion from agricultural sources.
The Concord, N.C., City Council has appointed Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne to take over the post of city manager following Brian Hiatt's retirement. "His 17 years of local government management and his distinguished service in the N.C. National Guard make him a uniquely qualified city manager," said Mayor Bill Dusch.