Coastal News - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released on June 9, 2015 for public comment the “Chicago Area Waterways Dredged Material Management Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment.” The plan contains recommendations for managing material dredged from the Calumet Harbor and River and the Calumet-Sag Channel for the next twenty-five years.
ABC News Cleveland - For four years, Texas lawmakers watched as reservoirs dried up and the state plunged deeper into a water shortage brought on by the most severe drought in its history. It seemed then completely counterintuitive that Texas would ever need to worry about flooding. Yet that’s exactly what’s happened. Massive flooding in the past few weeks has led Gov. Greg Abbott to declare 37 counties disaster areas. With swelling populations and known flood zones, solid policy is key to disaster recovery – but in states such as Texas and Oklahoma, flooding policy is largely absent.
Geographical - Ten years after Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,500 people and caused $300billion in damage to the south-east US, Geographical examines the potential for future storms and what has been done to prepare New Orleans for a similar event.
The Columbian - Despite one of the worst drought years on record, hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest should not see their operations disrupted too much this summer, a regional power planning group was told Wednesday. Water through the dams in the Columbia River Basin this summer is projected to be only about 71 percent of average, triggering dry year operation protocols for the dams, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said.
The Spokesman Review - A robust snowpack in British Columbia will help ease drought conditions in the Northwest this summer. Three B.C. reservoirs will release additional water into the Columbia River to help migrating salmon, power production, irrigation and barge navigation. The water releases are part of a “dry year strategy” for the Columbia Basin, which also includes drafting reservoirs behind Grand Coulee and other U.S. storage dams starting in July.
Public Radio East - Predicting the frequency and severity of coastal storms isn’t an exact science. But a new North Carolina based partnership is seeking to better predict and mitigate impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is helping to restore one of Louisiana’s key barrier islands. An agreement signed between the state and BOEM will allow the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana to use Federal offshore sand to restore the beach, dunes and marsh habitats at Caillou Lake Headlands, also known as Whiskey Island. The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration Program is providing the funds.
Jamaica Observer - BEACHES around the island grew by an average six per cent last year, according to government research which profiled 35 sites in six parishes and compared the figures to those recorded for 2013. The sites included 15 beaches in Negril, the resort town on the western end of the island which is at the centre of the standoff between Government and stakeholder groups over plans to build a breakwater there. The beach grew by 19.1 per cent, moving from 27.1 metres in 2013 to 32.3 metres in 2014.