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2/19/2019

Brock Long is stepping down as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, leaving Deputy Administrator Peter Gaynor to serve as acting chief. Long's 18-month tenure was marred by ethics investigations and what some perceive as mishandling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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The Hill
2/19/2019

Vermont's plan to use existing state revenue to fund clean water projects won preliminary approval from the Environmental Protection Agency and skepticism from opponents, who believe the move will take revenue away from the general fund. Since 2015, the state has relied on short-term funding measures to meet federal pollution reduction mandates.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
2/19/2019

New York's new "Buffer in a Bag" program provides free tree seedlings for property owners near lakes and rivers to address erosion. Owners must apply by April 3.

2/19/2019

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and volunteers are planting thousands of trees in the Louisiana refuge's Bayou Bonfouca. It's part of a bayou restoration project under the state's Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.

2/19/2019

Flooding along Texas' Upper San Jacinto River watershed is the focus of joint funding by Houston, the San Jacinto River Authority, and Montgomery and Harris counties for a drainage plan. Studies of the watershed and major tributaries will be used to suggest future flood prevention projects.

2/19/2019

A test sediment basin at Auburn University was used to study the performance of sediment basins in the real world and point to potential improvements. Of five configurations examined, two -- high-rate lamella settlers in both upward and parallel flows -- registered significant turbidity reduction throughout the basin.

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MDPI (Switzerland)
2/19/2019

Sand dredged from Longboat Pass will be used to repair Coquina Beach on Florida's Anna Maria Island as the initial part of a plan to add sand to the island's beaches. This year, the island is expected to take nearly all the Longboat sand, which for years has been shared with Longboat Key.

2/19/2019

The Nevada Legislature will be taking up a wide array of water issues in its session this year. John Sadler looks at the major issues the legislature may tackle, including groundwater restrictions, water appropriation, and surface and municipal water plans.

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Las Vegas Sun
2/19/2019

NASA satellite imagery reveals that China and India are leading the world in adding volumes of green foliage. Also, since 2000, the Earth's overall green acreage has grown by 5%, an area equivalent to the Amazon's rainforests.

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CNN
2/19/2019

New software and improved connectivity has expanded robots' usefulness in manufacturing. For example, General Motors uses operating data provided by 30,000 robots, 13,000 of which are connected, to gain valuable predictive maintenance insight and reduce downtime.

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