The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia now has federal clearance to proceed. However, the natural gas pipeline builders still must obtain approval from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for anything more than tree removal, amid state concerns over erosion and sediment control.
The borough of Greencastle, Pa., has made plans for stream restoration, bioretention projects and street sweeping to curb the pollutants it's responsible for sending downstream into the Chesapeake Bay. It's anticipated the plan will cut sediment pollutant loads by 10%, yielding reductions of 3% and 5% in nitrogen and phosphorus, respectively.
Myersville, Md., will try to meet its MS4 obligations with a new ordinance that monitors property owners and penalizes those dumping pollutants into the city's storm system. However, the Myersville solution differs from state recommendations and will be reviewed.
The McKinley Channel flood control project in Alamogordo, N.M., lost federal funding under new regulations, but the Army Corps of Engineers says it has since pared projected construction costs. Now the redesigned project is only a few million dollars short, the Corps' Lt. Col. James Booth told city commissioners.
Budget cuts and downsizing have brought about a sharp reduction in the number of penalties assessed to polluters in the first year of the Trump administration. The Environmental Integrity Project, a watchdog, reported that the number is about half the average during comparable periods in the three preceding administrations.
Rapid industrialization in China and changing weather patterns are significantly straining the country's natural resources and water supplies. But the world's largest water diversion project aims to relieve much of the stress by channeling water from the south, where it's abundant, to the parched northern regions.
Online registration opens March 1 for the Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater (MS4) Conference being held May 21 to 23 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Join fellow stormwater professionals to learn how to master the challenges of municipal stormwater programs; register early, as space is limited.
The addition of simple deflectors can increase wind turbine efficiency as much as 11.4%, a highly significant result, according to research by a Rutgers University team. The key is the ability of the addition of several deflectors to produce more torque.
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson's stated plans to get into the business of making electric cars appears aimed at taking the technology a step further. The company is reported to be looking at solid state batteries for power -- the next step beyond lithium ion batteries -- and carbon fiber for structural components.
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