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The Association of State Floodplain Managers has issued an updated version of its report Flood Mapping for the Nation, estimating that the United States needs to spend $3.2 billion to $11.8 billion to complete flood mapping necessary to help communities across the country address hazards and save lives and property.

Analyses have shown that accurate, up-to-date flood mapping saves taxpayers $2 for every $1 invested by helping cities and states plan, design...

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Many agencies in the transportation industry are continuing to work during the coronavirus outbreak, while taking necessary precautions to protect their workers. However, impacts of the coronavirus continue to evolve as closures and stay-at-home orders expand. Decreases in the workforce, tollway revenues and gas taxes are just some of the nationwide problems that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of the Industry

Surveys and research from the transportation industry indicate that it...

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Texas cities are learning that there could be costly implications associated with some higher drainage standards for new development and redevelopment. Many cities have adopted design standards that require developers, as a condition to obtain a permit, to design and construct new drainage infrastructure that serves fully developed upstream watershed conditions, even if the upstream watershed is undeveloped (or only partially developed) at the time the developer seeks a permit.

The reason for this...

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TagsStormwater, drainage, development, urban, runoff, land, density, Texas, code,

How prepared is your utility for a pandemic?

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a pandemic checklist for utilities to gauge preparedness. The checklist identifies recommendations for pandemic:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

See the checklist here.

EPA notes that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 via drinking water is low, but utilities might be impacted...

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Adhering to social distancing protocols enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Watershed Protection's 2020 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference originally scheduled to be held in Austin, Texas, has moved to an online format. Please visit the conference website for more information.

The virtual conference is scheduled for April 14-16. The presentations will center around increasing the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to...

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Drought conditions slightly contracted across the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 41 to 40, as the percent coverage of D1-D3 conditions constricted, while D0 conditions slightly expanded. Over this past week, storms brought precipitation to areas of the West, central Great Plains, southeastern Plains and into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Rainfall overlapped areas previously impacted by drought, including California and southern Texas,...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

The impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry is evo lving as the reach of government - mandate d closures and stay-at-home orders continues to expand. 

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to impact six areas related to construction projects:

  • Employee H ealth and S afety
  • Material Delays
  • Concerned Clients and Lenders
  • Qua rantines and Travel Bans
  • Legal Issues
  • Global Uncertainty

At...

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Water Professionals on the front lines in our water utilities may not be able to work from home, especially for those in maintenance and plant operations. Each member has technically specialized knowledge unique to their community systems.

What happens if an unplanned absence lasts several weeks or if multiple team members are out simultaneously? Temporarily losing a team member’s knowledge can pose serious challenges.

Here are some tips for minimizing the risk and...

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