Citing storm drains in California's Maple Canyon that are easily clogged by sediment during heavy rains, nonprofit San Diego Canyonlands is seeking a $2 million grant from the city to address the erosion problem. The clogged drains routinely lead to overflows and street flooding.
North Carolina legislators cleared the way in 2011 for building terminal groins to address beach erosion. But since then, only one has been built, and the debate continues over whether the hard structures are beneficial or harmful in the long term.
With significant flooding expected in the Midwest this year, water control experts are re-examining levees, dams and other flood control measures. The floodplain has seen large amounts of development, and some people are advocating that populations be removed from highly vulnerable areas.
Nestle Waters North America plans to expand on its Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund with a $2 million investment over 20 years to support conservation in Michigan's Muskegon River watershed. The work includes erosion control, site cleanups, rain gardens, and restoration of nature areas and creeks.
Wetlands are too often neglected as a bulwark against climate disasters that routinely kill and displace millions of people around the world, write Zita Sebesvari and Yvonne Walz. "Investing in protecting and restoring wetlands will contribute to lowering risk, while simultaneously helping reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improving clean water provision to all," they write.
Drinking water is a more pressing problem than are changing weather patterns and should be the most immediate focus for environmental regulators, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. However, critics noted that the Trump administration's proposed federal budget slashes funding for clean water systems.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law that will require the removal of more than 27 million cubic yards of coal ash from Chesapeake Bay Watershed unlined ponds. The coal ash will be excavated and stored in lined landfills or recycled for use in products such as cement and concrete, the Southern Environmental Law Center reports.
The world's megacities with populations over 10 million will be concentrated primarily in Asia by 2030, the World Economic Forum reports, creating enormous challenges for the management of urban water. The solution, as illustrated by Singapore, will lie in application of both green and gray strategies.
Oregon is considering measures similar to those taken by Washington state in potentially adding tolled express lanes on interstates. Washington officials say they have increased peak-morning average speeds on Interstate 405 from 49 mph to 57 mph since implementing toll lanes on the highway.
A sufficient number of New York State Assembly lawmakers are willing to vote for Manhattan congestion pricing to ensure the proposal's success, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. A few details of the plan still need to be finalized; ensuring that drivers aren't tolled twice to enter Manhattan is among the key issues, Heastie said.
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