Water & Oceans

August 31, 2009

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Topics on the Beat: 

FEMA Not Pushing Homeowners Hard Enough to Buy Flood Insurance: GAO

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been collecting a lot of information about flood risks across America, including the increased risk of flooding linked to climate change. But the agency has not effectively used that new knowledge to persuade more Americans to buy flood insurance, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office."

Source: Inside Climate News, 08/05/2021

Tens Of Millions Of People Have Been Moving Into Flood Zones: Satellites

"Tens of millions of people have been moving into flood zones around the world. The influx is as much as 10 times more than previously thought, and if the trend continues on its current trajectory millions more could suffer the impacts of flooding, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature."

Source: Washington Post, 08/05/2021

"Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone 10 Times Bigger Than Lake Pontchartrain"

"This summer's low-oxygen dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico along the Louisiana coast covered 6,334 square miles - 10 times the size of Lake Pontchartrain and well above the average size for the past five years, researchers said Tuesday."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/04/2021

"Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Wouldn’t Remove All Lead Pipes"

"President Joe Biden has repeatedly bragged that the bipartisan infrastructure bill germinating in the U.S. Senate will spur the removal of America’s toxic drinking water pipes made of lead. ... But the bill does not require water utilities to replace lead pipes. Rather, it provides $15 billion to a revolving fund that utilities can use to replace lead pipes if they want ― something that’s only happened in a handful of cities to date."

Source: HuffPost, 08/04/2021

Louisiana Trying To Save Island Used By Jean Lafitte

"Once the headquarters of Jean Lafitte and later the site of a U.S. military fort, West Grand Terre island now hosts a fleet of modern excavators and sand-pumping pipelines rather than smuggled treasure or cannon. The $102 million restoration of West Grand Terre, adjacent to Grand Isle, marks a milestone in Louisiana’s effort to fortify its first line of defense against hurricanes."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/03/2021


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