Responding to destruction wrought by high tides and waves last week, workers deposited 1,000 tons of rocks along Southern California's Capistrano Beach. The measure is considered a quick emergency solution, with further steps to be considered.
A 100-by-12-foot sand-filled mattress installed last year as an emergency measure to stabilize erosion-prone Waikiki Beach in Hawaii is holding up well. "It doesn't magically solve the erosion, but it simply keeps the dirt fill in place," says Dolan Eversole, Waikiki Beach management coordinator for the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant College Program.
Lake Superior shorelines face additional battering as the lake level remains 11 inches above the norm for this time of year, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control. The current level, however, eased 2.4 inches in November, and a further decline is expected this month.
An initial effort to use woody obstructions mimicking beaver dams to quickly address erosion potential after Idaho's Sharps Fire has turned into a longer-term project. The objective now is improved stream health in the Little Wood River using the same beaver-like methods.
Marshall, Minn., residents pay two specific fees relating to surface water and wastewater management in their utility bills. Sharon Hanson explains the surface water portion pertains to stormwater and a federal requirement that entails a stable funding source dedicated to curbing pollution in surface and groundwater from storm runoff.
Colorado River delta wetlands just south of the US-Mexico border are one example of the tangled ecosystem in the region whose future depends crucially on cross-border cooperation. Margaret Wilder explores the implications of urban development, rising water demand and changing weather patterns in the borderland.
Rising seas were a well-known menace on the Tanzanian islet of Kisiwa Panza, with frequent flooding over the past 25 years poisoning the land with sea salt. But concrete seawalls have done much to hold back the destructive waters as islanders plant mangrove forests to add to their defenses.
Dec. 15 is the deadline for the IECA Annual Conference Scholarship and photo contest. Two full conference passes scholarships are available and photo contest winners receive recognition in the April edition of the Environmental Connection magazine and conference recap, a cash prize and a plaque presented at next year's annual conference. Submit your applications and photos by Dec. 15!
Strong profits are giving airlines more options for handling airplane maintenance, repair and operations, writes Sean Broderick. Some carriers are taking the opportunity to bring repairs in-house, while others are negotiating better deals with service providers.
The quality of your plasma consumables, torch standoff, the direction of your cuts and adherence to cut charts are among the things you should considering when troubleshooting CNC plasma cut quality, writes Jim Colt. It is important to remember, he adds, that air plasma, conventional plasma and high-definition plasma all provide different levels of cut quality and productivity.
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