Flood maps for riparian areas and coastal zones are in need of significant improvement, according to a new National Academies report. The benefits of implementing the improvements would substantially outweigh the costs.
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Reporters in some flood-prone communities now have a new forecast tool to help their audience anticipate floods.
El Nios occur when unusually warm water invades South and Central American coastal waters toward the end of the year.Region:
Even very low concentrations of arsenic in drinking water can increase cancer risks. NAS release with link to report.
Drinking water sources, purification, and distribution systems are essential to public health, and failures could be catastrophic.
The Bureau of Reclamation announced laconically Sept. 12 that it had stepped up security at Hoover, Glen Canyon, and Grand Coulee dams.
There are places along the Mississippi River (e.g. New Orleans) where many people live in areas that would normally be flooded, were it not for levees or other flood control works.
On Feb. 1, 2001, the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release its final implementation plan for returning the flow of the Missouri River to more natural levels.Region:
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The Southern Environmental Law Center's top 10 places in America's South that face "immediate, potentially irreparable threats in 2009" represent a cross-section of the major environmental issues facing these states.Topics on the Beat: