The Jamaica Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queens, N.Y., has installed a green roof to control stormwater runoff. The structure contains mountain sedum and orange stonecrop, which are both low-maintenance and can withstand drought. "It's really important that we avail ourselves of all opportunities to create green roofs," said City Councilman James Gennaro, chairman of the Environmental Protection Committee. "They help manage stormwater better and create less runoff. They are helpful in cooling down buildings by covering their tops with vegetation and mitigating the urban heat island effect."
Florida's Citizens Property Insurance has already withdrawn $800 million from an investment pool and wants to further reduce its holdings. The state-run insurer now has nearly $2 billion of its surplus in the Local Government Investment Pool.
FEMA said it will "most likely" complete flood maps for the Rio Grande Valley in 2009. Postponing the release of the maps will give the International Boundary and Water Commission time to repair parts of the 180-mile levee from Peñitas, Texas to Brownsville, Texas.
Members of Utah's Workers Compensation Advisory Council on Wednesday say they oppose a bill that would revoke workers' compensation benefits to injured workers who commit a crime and workers who are illegal immigrants. Supporters of the bill say it is necessary to keep some people from taking advantage of the workers' compensation system.
Delegates at the International Code Council defeated a proposal that would have recommended sprinkler systems in newly built single-family and two-family homes. Decisions made by the council are often codified in municipal building codes.