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1/17/2019

A dearth of coastal erosion policies and few plans for rising seas prompted the Surfrider Foundation to give beach protection efforts in Florida a D grade in its latest report. However, the report credited local communities for their efforts in the absence of action at the state level.

1/17/2019

The public can now review and comment on the Missouri River One Watershed, One Plan, covering 1.1 million acres across six counties. The 10-year plan seeks to address issues with drinking water, riverbank erosion, sediment and phosphorus in rivers, habitat loss in creeks and more.

1/17/2019

A lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation alleging that runoff from the former Pease Air Force Base was polluting New Hampshire's Great Bay and area streams has been settled. The agreement with Pease Development Authority resolves issues raised in the suit over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, and PDA will now be required to get a permit to manage discharge from the site's municipal separate storm sewer system.

1/17/2019

Peat stabilization and the building of dams to block erosion gullies are among the measures that have proved effective at curbing water flows and flooding risk from moorland areas in the UK's Peak District. That's the finding of a study by University of Manchester researchers evaluating efforts since 2003 by the Moors for the Future Partnership to restore more than 12 square miles of bare peat.

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PhysOrg/News release
1/17/2019

A new study more closely calibrates the carbon containment potential of the world's mangrove forests, so-called blue carbon ecosystems that thrive in saltwater and are sometimes submerged. The effect is substantial, with an estimated 24 million metric tons of carbon captured in mangrove soil each year.

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The Conversation (UK)
1/17/2019

View the agenda for the IECA Calgary Regional Workshop taking place at the Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre in Calgary, AB, March 14-15, 2019. The schedule will feature topics on erosion control, BMPs, regulatory compliance, biotic soil application and more! The event is worth 12 Professional Development Hours. Learn more!

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ieca.org
1/17/2019

The IECA Vancouver Regional Event: Rainwater Management Solutions Symposium, April 8 in Vancouver, B.C., will present stormwater training courses specific to the region. Relevant sessions include Toxic Stormwater Runoff: Aquatic Pollution and Green Solutions; Evolution of Stormwater Management in Ontario; and Rain City Strategy Changes to Regulations and Deep Dive into Design Standards and GI Practices. Learn more about the schedule.

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ieca.org
1/16/2019

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed Venus flytrap-inspired 3D-printed objects that, despite lacking a nervous system or brain, can make advanced decisions. In lieu of a nervous system of external power source, the bistable structures react to various environmental stimuli.

1/16/2019

Engineers at Virginia Tech have developed polystyrene nanofiber-coated surfaces to help medical devices resist bacteria. "What's interesting in this study is that they try to quantify the adhesion effect based on fiber orientation, thickness, different types of surface energy and even statistical analysis," says Case Western Reserve University professor Rigoberto Advincula, who wasn't involved in the study.

1/16/2019

CERN's Large Hadron Collider, now a decade old, would pale in comparison with the European research organization's proposal for a Future Circular Collider. The 62-mile-circumference device would be nearly four times as long as the LHC, 10 times as powerful and could be up and running by 2040 if about $10.25 billion can be scraped up to fund it.

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New Atlas