In Harvey’s wake, Congress advances legislation speeding Army Corps projects in Texas

In Harvey's wake, Congress advances legislation speeding Army Corps projects in Texas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House cleared major water infrastructure legislation Wednesday night that includes provisions expediting U.S. Army Corps projects within declared disaster areas in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other states and territories hit by natural disasters.

Houston area lawmakers praised the overwhelming 408-2 House vote, which sends the measure to the Senate. The bill includes an amendment penned by Texas U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R- Sugar Land, directing … [more…]

‘Sunny day flooding’ worsens at NC beaches — a sign sea rise is decades too soon

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Living in cities threatened by sea-level rise could be like living near an active volcano, according to NOAA oceanographer William Sweet. Some parts of the Earth are seeing sea levels rise far beyond average, and it’s just a waiting game before some areas are inundated with sea water, studies show.

The East Coast of the U.S. is experiencing "sunny day flooding" that scientists didn’t expect for decades yet. Sea levels

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Study: 170-billion-gallon water savings per year via water-efficient toilets

Study estimates up to 170-billion-gallon water savings per year through water-efficient toilets

The "Saturation Study of Non-Efficient Water Closets in Key States" focused on Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas. 40 out of 50 states anticipate water shortages in the coming years, according to a Government Accountability Office survey. The AWE/PMI study demonstrates that current plumbing technology can make a tremendous water-saving impact.

CHICAGO, IL — Water-efficient toilets could potentially save up to 170 billion potable gallons of water per year across … [more…]

White-Water Rafting the Nantahala River in North Carolina

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The Nantahala River is a river in western North Carolina in the United States, within the Nantahala National Forest, and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two-lane U.S. Highway 19/74, once part of the Trail of Tears, runs along the river, picnic areas dotting the route.

The River rises near the border of Georgia and North Carolina, close to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness and the Appalachian Trail.

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Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

A study just released finds Floridians were exposed to unsafe drinking water, ranking second in the nation for most violations reported. The environmental nonprofit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, found — based on violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act — Florida was just behind Texas for most violations when ranked by population served for 2015.

The study finds the top violations by population were:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. New
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