Wall Street Journal - A new report estimates that up to 10% of cargo moving from Asia to the U.S. could shift from West Coast to East Coast ports after the Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. The nearly-decade-long modernization of the canal will have “profound effects” on the ways goods move around the world, the report’s authors, with The Boston Consulting Group and logistics company C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. said. West Coast ports will lose market share, their report found, while truck and rail investment may need to shift to accommodate new domestic routes.
The Bulletin - California water bills continue to fill the Capitol Hill hopper, and now one comes with a new twist. It’s crowdsourcing drought solutions, in a long-shot bid to break a congressional stalemate. On Wednesday, House Democrats from Northern California who have complained about being shut out of drought negotiations took matters into their own hands. They unveiled a sprawling proposal and, in a pointed gesture, opened it for public suggestions before it’s formally introduced.
USA Today - The nine cities with the worst drought conditions in the country are all located in California, which is now entering its fourth consecutive year of drought as demand for water is at an all-time high. The long-term drought has already had dire consequences for the state’s agriculture sector, municipal water systems, the environment, and all other water consumers.
THV11 - The flooding we have seen the past few weeks is drawing real concern about the condition of the state’s levees. Now, state lawmakers are now calling for action. Along the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, some of the levees are controlled by the Corps of Engineers.And then, there are the unknown. An extensive number of privately-owned levees are in limbo.
The Hill - Regulators are severely underestimating the health harms from the pollution that power plants dump into waterways, an environmental group said Wednesday. In advance of an expected September rule to crack down on heavy metal pollutants from power plants, the Sierra Club released a report urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to look again at the numbers it has put out.The group argues that with more expensive harms, the EPA’s rule could have a better cost-benefit analysis than previously estimated.
The News-Herald - The US Army Corps. of Engineers and Lake County Stormwater Management Department are finalizing an agreement to conduct a feasibility study of the Arcola Creek that can eventually lead to eligibility in the federal government’s 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration program. The program is named after section 206 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act, authorizing the Corps to carry out such restoration projects.
USA Today - Tropical Storm Bill smashing into the beleaguered Texas coast Tuesday with heavy rains and 60 mph winds before weakening as it moved across the state. Severe flooding and possible tornadoes are still possible for the next two days, forecasters said. The storm made landfall at about 11:45 a.m. CT on southern Matagorda Island, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
California Magazine - While the O’Shaughnessy seawall has so far stood the test, Ocean Beach, the three-and-a-half-mile stretch of shoreline on San Francisco’s western littoral, is continually threatened by wave action and storms, which wash away sand and erode bluffs—a problem that will be exacerbated by global warming. With sea levels at the Golden Gate expected to rise by as much as 4.5 feet this century, the challenge of safeguarding coastal infrastructure all around the Bay will grow significantly.
BBC - The Maldives, with its low-lying islands, has been labelled the most at-risk country in South Asia from the impact of climate change. Even if the swooning honeymooners do not allow this thought to mar their vacation, for the ever-smiling staff members, it’s harder to ignore. “Of course I’m concerned about climate change, about the reef, the environment and pollution,” says Mansoor, a Maldivian who works at one of the resorts. “But what can I do? I don’t know.”