Archive | November, 2020

ASCE Creates Living Classroom at Headquarters Parking Lot

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) earlier this month unveiled a newly renovated parking lot, featuring an array of green infrastructure measures and educational signage, at its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith in a statement described the renovation as transforming a potential source of Chesapeake Bay water pollution into a […]

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Study: New Trees Bring Stormwater Benefits Even Before Full Maturity

Planting native trees en masse can help prevent flooding by enhancing soil’s ability to absorb rainwater and provide a multitude of additional benefits, such as new wildlife habitats, greater carbon sequestration, and higher property values. For these reasons and more, seeding new forests and woodlands is a staple of green infrastructure approaches around the world. […]

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U.S. DHS Develops Low-Cost, High-Accuracy Flood Sensor Networks

Predicting major flood events before they occur can mitigate loss of life and better protect critical infrastructure, and so the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) considers flood-risk mitigation a crucial aspect of public safety. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flooding ranks highly among the nation’s most costly natural disasters. […]

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USACE Floats $26 Billion Plan to Flood-Proof Texas Coastline

On October 30, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) released new recommendations based on a 2015 study on how to build multiple lines of flood defense along the Texas coastline. The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study — also known as the Coastal Texas Study — seeks to achieve its goals by building large infrastructure as well as restoring and utilizing natural ecosystems.  […]

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