NY Times - Evert W. Palmer has a vision for this city famous for its state prison: 10,200 new homes spread across the rolling hills to the south, bringing in a flood of new jobs, new business and 25,000 more people. Yes, Mr. Palmer, the city manager, is well aware that Folsom Lake, the sole source of water for this Gold Rush outpost near Sacramento, is close to historically low levels, and stands as one of the most disturbing symbols of the four-year drought that has gripped this state. And that Folsom is under orders to reduce its water consumption by 32 percent as part of mandatory statewide urban cutbacks.
Washington Post - Ten years ago next week, a terrifying hurricane stood perched atop the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina. It had rapidly intensified from a Category 3 into a deadly Category 5 monster and began its northward turn towards the Gulf coast - weakening, fortunately, but still driving a tremendous wall of water. Many in New Orleans thought they were protected by levees and seawalls. Instead, there were several breaches, and water streamed in to fill New Orleans' geographical "bowl." And we all watched, on TV, what happened after that - including 1,833 total deaths in the storm across its path of destruction, and an estimated $108 billion in total damage.
Switchboard - The climate is changing. Extreme storms and flooding are becoming more common - especially in the Midwest and Northeast. That is because warmer air and water temperatures exacerbate the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. For coastal areas, there is the added spectre of sea level rise. As the sea rises, smaller hurricanes and tropical storms will be capable of delivering more damaging blows to the cities, towns, and local communities that dot our shorelines.
Alaska Dispatch News - Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hammered federal officials over national wetland protections they say hamper development in Alaska during a rare Senate oversight hearing in Wasilla Monday. Murkowski and Sullivan peppered a federal panel with questions about Clean Water Act wetlands mitigation rules that sometimes require payment or that land be set aside to make up for loss of wetlands. They also critiqued a Bureau of Land Management process underway to establish new "areas of critical environmental concern" for protection.
Time Warner Cable News - In a big step towards protecting Staten Island's east shore, badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public comments on its plan to build a sea wall along a shoreline that's been historically vulnerable to storms.
Times-Picayune - The rebuilt New Orleans area hurricane levee system remains inadequate to protect the heart of the nation's 45th largest metropolitan area from another Hurricane Katrina or larger storm, nationally-known engineers and scientists said almost a decade after the 2005 storm. The problem, in part, is the result of a "devil's bargain" hammered out between the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Flood Insurance Program in Katrina's wake: Allow residents and businesses within the levee system to remain eligible for federal flood insurance while the corps redesigned and built the system to protect from the insurance program's so-called 100-year flood event.
Elected officials blast federal plan to continue open water dumping of dredged materials in L.I. Sounds
Riverhead Local - Dredged materials would continue to be dumped in four Long Island Sound open water disposal areas under a plan released yesterday by the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is intended as a framework for managing the projected 53 million cubic yards of materials that will be dredged from rivers, harbors and inlets in the Long Island Sound region over the next 30 years. The bulk of that dredged material would continue to be dumped in open water disposal sites.