CNN - Durban’s container traffic has long been steadily rising, growing 18% in the course of last year alone. This has led the country’s authorities to commit to an ambitious multi-billion dollar project to expand the port, which could turn it into southern hemisphere’s largest. Under new plans, the harbor will be wider, deeper, and able to handle more than four times the number of containers than in its current capacity. The municipality hopes that this will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and go some way to alleviate youth unemployment, which in South Africa stands at a staggering 51.3%.
Knowledge@Wharton - Federal support for public-private partnerships (P3s) has taken a surprising turn recently. At the Wharton conference, “Investing in America’s Public Water Systems — Making Public-Private Partnerships Work,” the general consensus was that Washington would not be playing much of a role in P3s for water infrastructure projects anytime soon. That was in early May, 2014. In June, the situation began to change when a new federal loan program was passed by both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support and signed by the president. Just a few months later, Obama proposed a budget for 2016 that includes strong support for P3s.
The Hill - There have been profound technological changes over the past century, but aspects of our drinking water system do not reflect many of these advancements. The way we measure and monitor drinking water use has not changed since the mid-1900s, long before most could envision technologies such as sensor networks or “the cloud.” This lack of monitoring technology, combined with aging infrastructure, causes us to lose approximately 14 percent of drinking water annually.
Pro Publica - The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 miles down the Colorado River that heave trillions of gallons of water out of the river and send it shooting over mountains and through canals. That water — lifted 3,000 vertical feet and carried 336 miles — has enabled the cities of Phoenix and Tucson to rapidly expand. This achievement in moving water, however, is gained at an enormous cost. Every hour the Navajo’s generators spin, the plant spews more climate-warming gases into the atmosphere than almost any other facility in the United States.
Business in Savannah - Col. Marvin L. Griffin will take command of the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from Col. Thomas J. Tickner in a formal ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. Brig. Gen. C. David Turner, commander of the Corps of Engineers’ South Atlantic Division, will officiate at the formal change-of-command ceremony in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Tulsa World - The second in a series of town hall meetings on Arkansas River development was focused on the financial prospect of investing about $300 million to build low-water dams along the river channel through Tulsa County. Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum, chairman of the Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force, said, “The idea here is to create a platform” for growth.
Public Radio East - Currently, Duke Marine Lab is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world, through a project called “Race For Water.” Johnston hopes to apply the same technique to measure the impact plastic waste is having on beaches in North Carolina. They also hope to monitor seal habitats and count their numbers from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras later this year.
Palm Beach Daily News - Work on an environmental study along the town’s southernmost shoreline is on hold while the town meets with county and federal officials and consultants to agree on scope and cost.The county and town are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its consultants to complete the study so sand can be placed on the beach and in the water, in addition to dune restoration.
Dallas Morning News - North Texas could face another round of serious flooding Wednesday. Area officials are taking the forecast seriously enough that Dallas plans to activate the city’s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday. The predicted storm-bringer is a tropical storm that was in the western Gulf of Mexico on Monday.