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10/16/2018

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are looking into and finding advantages of natural solutions over constructed walls and barriers guarding against coastal erosion. Amirkhosro Kazemi and his adviser, Oscar Curet, have examined mangroves and their characteristics, which appear ideally suited to minimize erosion.

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Florida Atlantic University
10/16/2018

Solar energy is a vital tool in the renewable energy toolbox, but it can be hard to adopt in cloudy areas. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a possible solution in the form of a biogenic solar cell that uses lycopene, which is highly sensitive to even dim sunlight and degrades rapidly, releasing enough electrons to produce a current.

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10/16/2018

A golfing resort under development at Virginia's Fones Cliffs is the object of an environmental lawsuit filed against the developer by the state's attorney general for not complying with local erosion and sediment controls. Virginia True Corp. failed to obtain required permits and stormwater management approval last year before clearing 13.4 acres atop the cliffs.

10/16/2018

California's Del Mar coastline has been the scene of three sudden cliff collapses over the past few weeks. Experts say the events are unusual in such a closely spaced series but that they aren't surprising, given the perilous nature of the cliffs and rising sea levels.

10/16/2018

Iberia Parish President Larry Richard highlights flood protection, erosion control, wildlife habitat, fisheries and water quality as reasons it is important to preserve Louisiana's coastal wetlands. But despite their importance, coastal wetlands are disappearing twice as fast as they are being rehabilitated, he says.

10/16/2018

Salem, Mass., plans to plant salt marsh grasses and install biodegradable "coir logs" to protect parts of its Collins Cove shoreline using new state funds. "By creating a living shoreline along the path at Collins Cove, our hope is to stabilize this section of eroding shoreline and increase its capacity to absorb wave action," says Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.

10/16/2018

Monroeville, Pa., has agreed to charge property owners, places of worship and area residents a fee to finance its MS4; the fee is expected to garner $3.2 million per year. The move comes as the municipality seeks to decrease its 801,302 pounds of sediment per year through an MS4 program that includes a five-year, $37.7 million pollution reduction plan.

10/16/2018

An unprecedented drought has spurred seven southwestern states to agree on means to manage the critically important Colorado River. Several plans are in the works, all of which focus on contingencies to minimize the effects of decreased flows in the river and its tributaries.

10/16/2018

The Soil and Water Assessment Tool is a commonly used method to study ecohydrology, but it is limited, as its hydrologic routing functions have not been reviewed extensively. A new study of SWAT hydrologic routing subroutines reveals several issues that SWAT users should review.

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MDPI (Switzerland)
10/16/2018

IECA offers two scholarship opportunities to attend the IECA Annual Conference and Expo. Recipients of the scholarship will be awarded a full conference registration, but will be responsible for hotel and travel cost. Individuals who intend to submit an application must be an industry professional and an IECA member.

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