The Guardian - Following the Obama administration’s “clean water rule,” which was introduced last week and seeks to protect around 60% of American water bodies from pollution.
Army Times - House appropriators Tuesday advanced a $579 billion defense budget bill for fiscal 2016 that Republicans lauded as a responsible step toward funding national security and Democrats decried as another step toward fiscal chaos. The funding measure, approved by the House Appropriations Committee, includes a 10 percent boost in equipment procurement, a 3 percent increase for operations and maintenance funding, and enough money for a 2.3 percent military pay raise next year.
U.S. News - Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday. California residents reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said.
USACE Galveston District - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District implemented the ESRI Operation Dashboard, a geographic information system (GIS) tool, which allows Corps employees, partners and the community to monitor water levels throughout the district’s area of operation along the Texas coast.
Coastal News - The work consists of maintenance dredging of a portion of the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Feeder Ditch in Chesapeake, Virginia to a depth of 9 feet Corps of Engineers Low Water (CELW) Dismal Swamp Canal Datum (DSCD), plus 1 foot of allowable over depth. The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes to perform maintenance dredging of the Newark Bay, New Jersey, Federal Navigation Project.
Houma Today - Louisiana's coastal restoration master plan for next year has taken its next big step. It won approval from the Legislature last week, meaning it should go into effect for 2016. The plan itself contains $884 million in projects that attack the widespread erosion that is weakening our coast and making coastal resident more vulnerable every year. Most important to local residents is the hundreds of millions of dollars it includes for projects such as the Whiskey Island restoration off Terrebonne Parish and the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration in southern Lafourche Parish.
NBC Local, KPLC - Just as hurricane season gets underway, the Army Corps of Engineers will begin upgrades to the levee system by installing erosion-resistant material. In the upcoming weeks, crews will begin putting in woven mesh material on 5-mile stretch from West End at the lakefront toward New Orleans East to the Seabrook Bridge. The $5.8 million project is expected to end summer 2016.
Fox Local, WVUE - The flood protection authority for the east banks of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes feels good about the levee and floodwall conditions for this hurricane season. But, despite the billions spent by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority is planning to spend millions because of emerging sinkage issues.