Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Missing the mark

Midwest flood risks could be underestimated by 5 feet

Flood waters inundated parts of Jefferson City, Missouri, and threatened the Missouri State Capitol during the "Great Flood of 1993."


Washington Post

As states like California grapple with drought and water shortages, cities in the Midwest are facing the exact opposite problem: rising floods. A new study published in the Journal of Earth Science says flood risk in the Midwest may be underestimated by as much as five feet, which could have a serious impact on flood insurance plans and development in the nation's floodplains.


Ohio sues EPA over 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

Northeast Ohio Media Group

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a new rule that critics fear would give the federal government oversight over "almost every conceivable water body in the country" under the Clean Water Act.


Wis. bans microplastics to protect Great Lakes

Wisconsin Gazette

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the legislation aimed at phasing out the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing microplastics that pollute the state's water, including the Great Lakes. Wisconsin is the seventh state to sign a microbeads bill into law, according to Clean Wisconsin.

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