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11/14/2018

The central park in Bangkok, Thailand, has been designed to help mitigate flooding in the city center using slopes to funnel water into artificial wetlands, a retention pond and an underground tank. "It's not about getting rid of floods or engineering solutions of building a big dam, but it's about how [we] can live with water," says park architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

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11/14/2018

Officials in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, have outlawed Phos-Chek, a foam-based simulated snow product used by filmmakers in the city after a review that determined the product caused damage to plants along the city's waterfront. David Euler, the city's managing director of engineering, environmental service and works, says the city will work with production crews to find a safe alternative.

11/14/2018

Residents may have differing viewpoints on the value of adding a space for dogs, so community engagement is important to gather these diverse opinions. Creating a dog run may be a good solution for catering to the needs of pet owners in densely packed urban environments.

11/14/2018

About 70% of the hikers surveyed at Adirondack Park in New York favored wilderness protection rather than allowing for unlimited recreation, according to a survey from the Adirondack Council and Colgate University's Upstate Institute. Additionally, 80% of the respondents said they want more information on proper trail use.

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11/14/2018

The Parks and Recreation Department in Massillon, Ohio, launched a redeveloped, user-friendly website and a new logo. A key focus of the effort is to provide new content and keep residents updated about news and event details.

11/14/2018

A group of teens went to Willow Springs Park Wetlands in Long Beach, Calif., to use an app called Agents of Discovery. The educational app uses augmented reality and allowed teens to take on the role of "secret agents" as they solved challenges in the park.

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11/13/2018

Learning to lead well requires a combination of "learning and doing," writes Wally Bock. Accept that mistakes are a part of growth and commit to the work that gets less fanfare, such as working side-by-side with teams to model the behavior and performance you expect, he writes.

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11/13/2018

President Donald Trump issued a federal disaster declaration on Monday as the Woolsey and Camp Fire wildfires continued to destroy property, together killing at least 42 people and forcing evacuations of more than 200,000. Calabasas, Calif., remained under a mandatory evacuation order, but some areas have allowed residents to re-enter and portions of Highway 101 have reopened.

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11/13/2018

The City Commission in Helena, Mont., chose Yakima, Wash., Assistant City Manager Ana Cortez as its city manager-designee and plans to begin negotiating a contract. "Her background and wealth of experience made her stand out," said City Commissioner Andres Haladay.

11/13/2018

Public safety answering points have "a ways to go" before Next Generation 9-1-1, which can accept data, text and video messages in addition to voice calls, is available nationwide, said Brian Fontes, CEO of the National Emergency Number Association. Fontes and other speakers at an International Wireless Communications Expo forum said successfully funding and implementing NG9-1-1 requires the passage of federal legislation, allocation of at least $9.5 billion and resolution of regulatory issues at the state level.

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