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Archive for the ‘Inland Waterways’ Category

Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
The Report Card was built in the five basins

The Mississippi River Watershed has diminished as a healthy and sustaining water resource over the last several decades. To raise the grade, we need integrated management to reflect the relationships between the different goals and basins, and increased participation by partners and stakeholders working together on specific actions to improve the watershed.

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San Marcos, TX: First Annual “Float to Work Day”

Friday, September 4th, 2015
San Marcos, TX: First Annual “Float to Work Day”

The City of San Marcos staff held their First Annual Float to Work Day, promoting alternative transportation. #floattowork #SMTX

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Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders — all in the hope that enough would bypass the four dams standing in their way to reach their historic habitat, and ensure their future existence.. But it’s not working. The time has come to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed.

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The Great Port Mismatch: U.S. Goods Trade and International Transportation

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Map 1. U.S. Customs Ports of Entry, 2014

GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVEBROOKINGS METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM Summary The United States traded over $4 trillion worth of international goods in 2014, ranging from raw agriculture to advanced precision instruments. The enormous variety of exports and imports powers American industries, allowing industrial and household consumers to enjoy cost-effective products and exporting producers to access global markets. Even […]

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Austin, TX: Road Flooding Time Lapse

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Austin, TX: Road Flooding Time Lapse

A time lapse of a low water crossing at Old Spicewood Springs Rd. May 23rd – 25th.

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The New Wave of Water Innovation

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans water before it’s returned to Lake Erie. Photo Credit: John Quinn

This briefing paper, issued by the Value of Water Coalition, spotlights innovative solutions to the nation’s growing water challenges. Through capital investments, technological innovations, creative financing tools, and cross-sector partnerships, water leaders are building stronger communities and a stronger America.

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Dams In Vermont: Interview with Jessica Clark Louisos

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Dams In Vermont: Interview with Jessica Clark Louisos

Jessica Clark Louisos discusses Milone & Macbroom’s recent report on Vermont’s dams. What is a “High Hazard” dam, what goes wrong with Vermont dams, and what does the state need to fix first?

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Granite Creek Watershed, AZ: Working with the Community

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Granite Creek Watershed, AZ: Working with the Community

This video features Michael Byrd, Executive Director of the Prescott Creeks Preservation Association, describing some of the challenges faced by Granite Creek Watershed communities (e.g. perennial water flow, drinking water source, and water quality issues) and how the organization uses conservation, restoration, and education to address these challenges.

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Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) General Information The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) has finalized the science report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. The purpose of this report is to summarize the current scientific understanding about the connectivity […]

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The Ohio River: Modeling Waterway Transportation

Friday, December 12th, 2014
Figure A: Ohio River Commodity Traffic

The inland waterway system of the U.S. is a vital network for transporting key goods and commodities from the point of production to manufacturers and consumers. Shipping materials via the inland waterways is arguably the most economical and environmentally friendly option (compared to hauling freight by trains or railways). Despite the advantages the inland waterways enjoys over competing modes, key infrastructure – such as locks and dams, which help to control water levels on a number of rivers and make navigation possible – is declining. Limited funds have been allocated to make the necessary repairs to lock and dam facilities. Over the past 10 years Inland Waterways Trust Fund resources (which historically funded maintenance and improvement projects) has steadily declined.

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