Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Bold blueprints

Teams reveal plans to save Louisiana from next Katrina

An image from 2001 of the active delta front before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed much of it in 2005.


Scientific American

Studies done after Hurricane Katrina demolished New Orleans 10 years ago verified what lifelong residents already knew: Unless the rapidly disappearing wetlands are made healthy again, restoring the natural defense, New Orleans will soon lay naked against the sea. So, how does one re-engineer the entire delta? Three international engineering and design teams have reached a startling answer: Leave the mouth of the Mississippi River to die.


Irrigation labs save billions of gallons in Florida

Florida Department of Agriculture

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recently announced that state agriculture operations saved more than 12 billion gallons of water in the last fiscal year through the Mobile Irrigation Lab program, which provides free irrigation system evaluations and onsite education to help producers improve irrigation efficiency.


Fort Worth sets sights on electronic water meters


Electronic water meters could be in the yards of every residence in Fort Worth within five years. The water department plans to launch a five-year design, study and phase-in program to replace the more than 240,000 residential and commercial water meters with those read by a radio or wireless signal, two top department executives told the City Council last week.

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