The Hill- The House voted Wednesday to approve an $8 billion bill to extend federal transportation funding until December. The bill passed in a 312-119 vote. It now goes to the Senate, which is considering a funding bill that could also include an extension of the Export-
Import Bank’s charter.That would introduce a new complication to the fight over highway funding; conservatives in the House want to keep Ex-Im from being revived.
The Hill- Republican senators rejected an amendment to a No Child Left Behind reform bill Wednesday that looked to establish a federal climate change education program. The measure, from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would have created a grant program for school districts to “develop or improve climate science curriculum and supplementary education materials,” according to the amendment text. It failed on a 44-53 vote. Before the vote, Markey said the amendment aimed to “ensure that we provide the best science training available for this next generation, the green generation.”
The Guardian- A southern California water district voted Wednesday night to accept Tom Selleck’s offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the Magnum, PI star of taking water he wasn’t entitled to for his 60-acre ranch.The vote, taken during a closed session, was 3-0 with two members of the Calleguas municipal water district’s board of directors absent.
Circle of Blue- Like many of the largest cities in the United States, Washington, D.C., is changing its water rates in order to reinvest in a deteriorating drinking water system and to adapt to an era in which widespread water conservation destabilizes utility budgets. Earlier this month, the board of directors for DC Water, the capital’s water and sewer authority, approved a new monthly infrastructure fee that will go into effect October 1 and provide an estimated $US 40 million per year to replace the pipes, pumps, and meters that direct the flow of drinking water throughout the city.
Port Strategy- The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) report, which is an overview of FMC port forums, acknowledges that many US terminals are struggling to turn the large ships around and move containers through facilities in a timely manner. But at the same time it acknowledges that many are caught in a catch-22 situation, keeping up with industry demand while not building too far ahead of requirements and running the risk of underutilising assets. A recent AAPA survey shows that ports are spending a great deal of money on capital improvements to try to alleviate the problem (around US$46bn between 2012 and 2016), and that two thirds of this money is being put forward by their private sector partners.
World Oil- The dredging contractor for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission's Northern Expansion Slip D Bucket Dredge project has begun excavating a new channel in Port Fourchon's expansion area, creating the new Slip D. The Slip D development is the latest phase of the port's Northern Expansion, adding 300 acres of developed property to the port and creating over 10,000 linear ft of waterfront in Port Fourchon. The port's newest slip will be 1,000 ft wide and nearly 4,000 ft long, a departure from the dimensions of Slips B and C (700 ft wide and 7,000 ft long) in response to the needs of the offshore supply vessels who frequent Port Fourchon.
Florida Today- Brevard County plans to spend almost $73 million in federal, state and local tax dollars in the next five years to fatten beaches from Cape Canaveral to Melbourne Beach. Almost $43 million of the money would bring a long-awaited beach renourishment project to Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. On July 21, Brevard County Commission will consider a resolution to the state asking for Florida's share of the beach renourishment money — $13.8 million. Brevard would commit more than $16 million over five years and ask the feds to pay almost $43 million over the next four years.
The Orange County Register- Balboa Island’s seawalls are headed for rehabilitation instead of replacement in the next few years. The Newport Beach City Council in a Tuesday discussion told staff to move toward a repair and refurbishment plan for the island’s seawalls, some of which were built close to 90 years ago. They also supported adding caps to the top of existing walls to deal with any sea level rise over the next decade or two. Balboa Island, made up of the main island and Little Balboa, has about two miles of seawalls. Staff had outlined four options for council to choose from - from almost complete replacement of all seawalls for a total of $68 million, to refurbishment of vulnerable areas for an upfront cost of $14 million.
Tucson Local Media- An aging infrastructure may be putting the health of many Americans at risk, particularly when it comes to their drinking water. That’s the word from experts such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which has placed a spotlight on deteriorating U.S. drinking water systems, many of which consist of aging pipes that are in need of upgrades.
WaterWorld- In an effort to support its large-scale, enterprise-wide geospatial water distribution network modeling and management needs, the Water Authority of Dickson County (WADC), Tenn., has adopted InfoWater, an advanced GIS-integrated software application from Innovyze, who serves a global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure. WADC, founded in 2002, serves water customers in Dickson and Williamson Counties and wastewater customers in Dickson, Hickman and Williamson counties. Since its inception, the Authority has seen increases of more than 40 percent in water customers and more than 100 percent in wastewater customers and looks forward to continued growth.