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Recycled water from sewers coming to California taps

SF Gate » Water that once coursed through city sewers may soon find new life coming out of your home faucet. New regulations approved Tuesday by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water.

2018-03-09T10:10:04+00:00March 7th, 2018|California, Drinking Water, Wastewater|

The Drowning Coast: A Louisiana Village Fights for Time

The New York Times » Jean Lafitte may be just a pinprick on the map, but it is also a harbinger of an uncertain future. As climate change contributes to rising sea levels, threatening to submerge land from Miami to Bangladesh, the question for Lafitte, as for many coastal areas across the globe, is less whether it will succumb than when — and to what degree scarce public resources should be invested in artificially extending its life.

2018-02-27T12:01:11+00:00February 24th, 2018|Louisiana, U.S. News, Urban, Wastewater, Water|

Trump Applies Obama-Era Flood Aid Rules He Axed Six Months Ago

Bloomberg » On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told states how to spend the $7.4 billion in disaster-recovery money Congress approved after Hurricane Harvey. Tucked into the document’s 101 pages was the requirement that any new structures in a floodplain be built well above projected flood levels — virtually the same requirements as those that Trump revoked last August.

2018-02-09T15:02:33+00:00February 7th, 2018|Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News, Wastewater|

Florida Keys to elevate roads before climate change puts them underwater

Miami Herald » It’s a small but significant project — it will be the first road project in the Keys specifically designed for adaptation to future sea level rise, a clear and present problem for the famous chain of islands. The county has already spent $10 million on road projects that include elevation, and plans to spend at least $7 million more in the near future.

2018-02-06T12:22:32+00:00February 1st, 2018|Florida, Roads, Urban, Wastewater|

US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion

Associated Press » With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters. The nation endured 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the government said Monday, totaling $306 billion. That tied 2011 for the number of billion-dollar calamities, but it blew past the total cost record of $215 billion in 2005.

2018-01-10T11:04:38+00:00January 9th, 2018|U.S. News, Urban, Wastewater, Water|

Low-Lying Boston’s Frigid Flood Risk Reminder

Route 50 » Boston Harbor and other coastal areas in New England saw some of their highest tide levels on record on Thursday as a wicked and rapidly intensifying winter storm meteorologists have described as a “bomb cyclone” moved up the East Coast bringing blizzard conditions, frigid temperatures and major snowfall to many areas.  

2018-01-08T15:24:07+00:00January 5th, 2018|Massachusetts, Roads, Urban, Wastewater, Water|
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