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Note: This is the next part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the previous posts: part one here , part two here , part three here and part four...

Read More - AWIA of 2018: How to Start A Risk and Resilience Assessment

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TagsAWIA of 2018, EPA, water infrastructure, resiliency, asset management, asset, emergency response,

Drought conditions decreased marginally across the United States this week. The Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 39 to 38, as the percent coverage of D0, D1 and D3 slightly constricted, while D2 minimally expanded. Heavy precipitation occurred across large areas of the U.S. over this last week, including the central Rockies, Pacific Northwest and from the Middle Atlantic states into the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Notably, the northern...

Read More - Current Drought Conditions in the United States

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

Freese and Nichols Tunneling Service Leader Brian Gettinger says the emerging use of computer-controlled large-diameter tunnel boring machines could dramatically improve the outcomes of excavation projects by adjusting quickly to changes in ground conditions.

That's among the insights he shared in Tunnel Business Magazine 's "Industry Outlook 2020" feature. TBM asked four tunneling professionals about emerging trends in the industry and developments to expect in the coming year.

The roundtable gave...

Read More - Tunneling Industry Outlook 2020: Changes, Impacts and Trends

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On Jan. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States.” This final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register .

The revised definition identifies four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated. These included territorial seas and traditional navigable waters; perennial and...

Read More - EPA Releases New Definition on Waters of the United States

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Dam owners in Texas need to understand how to implement a new state requirement to notify emergency management officials downstream when a release of water is planned so that they can alert their communities.

The requirement, which the Texas Legislature adopted in HB 26 , took effect Sept. 1, 2019, and impacts large and intermediate-size state-regulated dams with gated spillways used to make flood releases.

Notification is not...

Read More - Dam Owners With Gated Spillways Face June 1 Deadline

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The January 2020 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral, despite recent observations reflecting a trend toward warmer conditions. These observations will be monitored. ENSO-neutral is favored during the spring of 2020 (~60% chance) and expected to continue through the summer of 2020 (~50% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Read More - Drought Outlook for the United States

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The public has until Feb. 12 to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency ’s proposed new Lead and Copper Rule.

The goal of the proposed new rule is to reduce lead and copper in drinking water, including steps to target most at-risk communities. The public can leave their comments here .

Click here for more information from the EPA about the proposed rule, which focuses on six areas:...

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TagsEPA, drinking water, Water Quality, lead, copper,

With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

Read More - With Heightened International Tension, Are Utilities Prepared In Case of Cyberattack?

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TagsAWIA, AWIA of 2018, risk, utilities, resiliency, cybersecurity,

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