Water & Oceans

"Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes"

"Hurricane Harvey has highlighted a climate debate that had mostly stayed out of public view -- a debate that’s separate from the battle over greenhouse gas emissions, but more consequential to the lives of many Americans. At the core of that fight is whether the U.S. should respond to the growing threat of extreme weather by changing how and, even where, homes are built."

Source: Bloomberg, 08/31/2017

"State Demands Enbridge Fix Mackinac Pipe Coating Gaps"

"Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday ordered an accelerated and “aggressive” review of Enbridge Energy operations and maintenance procedures after the company revealed that at least two areas on twin pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac are missing enamel coating."

Source: Detroit News, 08/31/2017

‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why.

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump tweeted that the storm had brought a “once in 500 year flood” to Houston, and expressed support for relief efforts. His words suggested the kind of catastrophic event that hadn’t been seen in the area for five centuries. But parts of Houston saw “500-year flooding” just last year. And in 2001, Tropical Storm Allison also delivered severe flooding to the area."

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2017

Port Arthur Faces Harvey Flooding Disaster: ‘Whole City Is Underwater’

"Residents of cities in Jefferson County, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston, were desperate for help Wednesday morning after rain there caused floodwaters to rise precipitously and lightning made things particularly difficult for those responding to the storm."

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2017

Flood Insurance: Harvey Plays Into Partisan Divide On National Program

"Devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey will only exacerbate congressional debate over flood insurance reform, likely forcing lawmakers to pass a short-term extension before the federal program expires at the end of September."

Source: Greenwire, 08/30/2017

Houston’s Polluted Superfund Sites Threaten To Contaminate Floodwaters

"As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to reach a nearby creek to collect water samples, but each time he was turned back when water washed against his floorboard."

Source: Washington Post, 08/30/2017


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