NBC- In 2006, the rain just would not stop."Water accumulated on Constitution Avenue and backed up on 9th Street until it overcame our driveway here," Tim Edwards said. As the building’s facilities manager, Edwards has worked inside the Archives building for more than two decades.He said he’s never seen anything like the storm of 2006, when he watched water pour down the driveway from 9th Street, through the Archive’s metal gate, into an internal moat and through giant wooden doors leading into the building’s basement level underneath Constitution Avenue.Edwards said the water just kept pouring in, snaking through hallways until it filled their newly refurbished theater, swamping the stage and seats with water.
The Hill- Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on climate change Wednesday, summing up the party's plan to combat the environmental challenge with a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) spoke from the Senate floor with a sign that read "#WhatsTheGOPsClimatePlan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”. Sen. Ed Markey also spoke from the Senate floor with a sign that included a sad-faced shruggie. The Massachusetts Democrat suggested that Republicans didn't have a plan to combat climate change, adding that "shruggie says 'I'm not happy. I'm sad.' "
The Hill- Opponents of the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants are panning revisions to the regulations, arguing the proposal will still inflict serious pain on the economy.The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to give states an extra two years to comply with the first power plant carbon reductions required under the rule and give them an extra year to submit their compliance plans. But Republicans, the coal industry and others fighting the administration’s action say the problems with the regulations go far beyond deadlines. “No,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said when asked whether the alterations to the rule changes his opinion about it.
The Hill- A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected a push from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to acknowledge climate change in an energy reform bill. Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, had pushed an amendment to the chamber’s energy bill affirming the sense of Congress that climate change is real and that more needs to be done in the energy sphere to confront it.“I think, for those who are planning to vote against the amendment, speak to your kids, think about your grandchildren,” Sanders said at an Energy and Natural Resources Committee mark-up. “Because I think that history will record you on the very, very, very wrong side of this enormous issue.”
E&E Daily- The California drought measure unveiled yesterday by the state's two Democratic senators served as their bid in a political gamble where a Republican now holds the most important cards. The political aim of the measure from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer is to get language folded into West-wide water legislation that Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said she intends to bring to the floor this year. That Murkowski bill is likely to serve as a vehicle for several state-specific drought relief measures, as well as overarching federal policy changes.
E&E Daily- The Senate is poised to send a three-month road and transit funding bill to President Obama this afternoon after the House resoundingly approved the extension late yesterday by a 385-34 margin. The bill, which includes an $8.1 billion bailout for the Highway Trust Fund, would keep federal money flowing to state and public transportation agencies through Oct. 29. Obama will sign the bill, H.R. 3236, according to a White House spokesman. If enacted, the extension would be the third such lifeline passed by Congress in the last year, notwithstanding lawmakers' lip service to the need for a much longer-lasting transportation measure. Following yesterday's House vote, leading Republicans pledged redoubled efforts to forging ahead with legislation that would run for years, not months.
E&E Daily- All seafood sold in the United States would have to comply with "boat-to-plate" tracking requirements under a new bipartisan bill. Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced the "Protecting Honest Fishermen Act" yesterday, eliciting cheers from environmental groups that have pushed for better seafood "traceability." Though the Obama administration is already working on traceability requirements for at-risk seafood, H.R. 3282 would expand the scope to include all species and the entire supply chain.In a statement, Farenthold said the bill would help domestic fishermen who comply with "an abundance of Federal regulations."
E&E Daily- More than 40 Republican lawmakers are asking the Interior Department to extend the comment period for its newly proposed rule to protect streams from coal mining. The lawmakers say Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement should give companies, groups and other citizens at least six months to review the rule and draft environmental impact statement. They are more than 2,000 pages in length combined."To ensure stakeholders will be given adequate time to address this adverse rule," they wrote, "we seek the extension of the public comment period for the Proposed Rule and associated documents by at least 120 days."
Longboat Key News- Sunglasses will not be optional soon, when more bright sand is brought onto Longboat’s beaches during the town’s renourishment project. In a July 15 memo, Town Manager Dave Bullock informed commissioners that the town has received the state permits needed from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to renourish Longboat’s beaches. Now all that’s left to wait for are the federal permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.“We now have DEP permits for New Pass dredging and sand placement, Longboat Pass dredging and sand placement, and the Central Island truck haul and sand placement. All projects are waiting on federal permits,” wrote Bullock.
NYC Today- A novel study has unveiled that rising sea levels could prove quite dangerous for people. It has been said so as oceans could wash away almost two-fifths of all American homes. It is known that coastal cities aware how to deal with high tides, but researchers have affirmed that with passage of time, sea will become more unpredictable. Combination of tidal, climatic and interactions between the ocean and existing infrastructure on the coasts can lead to heavy flooding and storm events. Over the last half century, a rise has been witnessed in such events.
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 on 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.
JOC- Port Canaveral this week broke ground on what will soon be the port’s first multimodal inland facility, part of the Florida port’s ongoing campaign to snag container traffic from other U.S. East Coast ports. Come 2016, the Canaveral Port Authority is to be the first tenant at Flagler Global Logistics’ Titusville Logistics Center, having inked a landmark build-to-suit lease agreement for the 246,240-square-foot complex last year.Close to Space Coast Regional Airport and short drive from Port Canaveral, the Titusville Logistics Center’s strategic location, combined with direct rail connectivity to the Florida East Coast Railway and easy access to nearby highways, should provide an attractive package for shippers, according to port officials.
The Lens- With Katrina’s 10th anniversary and the worst months of the annual hurricane season fast upon us, thoughts turn to flood preparedness here in New Orleans — or the lack of it. The bad news is that we remain dauntingly ill-prepared, both in terms of infrastructure and, just as important, our whole philosophy of public safety here in a very dangerous landscape. That message was driven home forcefully, if unintentionally, by U.S. Sen. David Vitter during “field hearings” the gubernatorial candidate held in New Orleans this past spring.
Virtual Strategy Magazine- Costello served as Lead Levee Design Engineering Manager for a feasibility study of a new levee system to protect the Orange County, Texas area from future storm surge flooding, such as occurred in Hurricane Ike in 2008.Leading the multi-firm design team in determining several potential levee alignment alternatives for providing protection, Costello also balanced socio-economic and environmental needs and concerns. The team provided levee design criteria and guidelines to the team in order to develop preliminary right of way needs and construction cost estimates.
Global Trade- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has scrapped a plan to deepen the main channel at the Port of Gulfport from a study on future expansion at the Mississippi state port. The port had sought authorization to deepen the channel and, as a result, attract more container business from ocean carriers operating larger, newer-generation vessels. According to a spokesman for the USACE, the channel deepening was removed from the study because port officials learned the state would have to pay the entire cost for the deeper channel, plus cover perpetual maintenance, because Congress did not authorize or fund the study.