Trump Administration’s Infrastructure Plan Receives Mixed Response on Capitol Hill
Released in mid-February, the long-awaited infrastructure plan from the Trump administration calls for major new funding programs but offers few details regarding how to pay for them....

USGS to Release Updated Flood-Frequency Guidelines

Obama Presidential Center Fills Chicago Campus

When Things Became Muddy: TVA's Response to Seepage Discharge at Boone Dam
In October 2014, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) profited from investments in a robust dam safety program. This profit did not come in the form of money, but more importantly in the protection of...

Public Speaking for Engineers: Communicating Effectively with Clients, the Public, and Local Government, By Shoots Veis, P.E. Reston, Virginia: ASCE Press, 2017

Remote Mapping in Alaska's Wilderness: Accessing Resources in the Last Frontier
The rich, natural resources of Alaska have long been the focus of many pioneers seeking fortune in the Last Frontier. As captured in historical images of dedicated Klondike Gold Rush miners seeking their...

Presidential Order Streamlines Permitting, Revokes Floodplain Requirements
An executive order issued by President Donald Trump to streamline the federal environmental review and authorization process for infrastructure projects prompts criticism for revoking Obama-era floodplain...

NSF Workshop on Geotechnical Fundamentals: How Researchers Can Contribute to Today's Real-World Challenges
A 2 ½ day National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Workshop (Award No. CMMI-1248053) was held in July 2016 at the NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA. The Workshop focused on fundamental principles that...

The Rise of UAVs Signals a New Era in Geotechnics
Big Data in Geotechnics is Coming from Above
If you have been following the news, browsing the internet, or even gazing up in the sky, it is likely that you have seen an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also commonly known as Unmanned Aircraft System...

Improving Cost and Schedule Performance on Municipal Pipeline Projects: Realizing the Benefits of the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Alternative Project Delivery Method
The water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States is failing. In its 2013 Report Card on American Infrastructure, ASCE stated: "The water and wastewater...

Foundation Reuse and Enhancement: A Viable Option for Bridge Widening and Replacement Projects
The transportation system in the U.S. includes over 607,000 bridges for grade separations, interchange configurations, and stream crossings. As governmental entities embark on the rehabilitation and rebuilding...

Canals, Cutoffs, and the Vicksburg Campaign
During the American Civil War, the term “Union” was used to refer to the United States of America, and specifically to the national government and the 20 free states and five border slave states that supported...

Regulations
The contractor should meet federal, state, and local regulations. The contractor is responsible for jobsite safety....

Filling The Bay: Deepening the Oakland Inner and Outer Harbors
The project to deepen the Oakland Inner and Outer Harbors from elevation -42 to -50 ft was federally authorized in 1999 to accommodate the next generation of post-Panamax container ships....

Visions of Green Technologies in 2050 for Municipal Resource Management

Watershed-Based Permitting — A Myth or Reality?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated the Total Maximum Daily Load process to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act. The TMDL processis applied to water...

Permits, Surface Water/Groundwater Baseline Sampling, and Analysis of Dewey-Burdock In Situ Uranium Project in Fall River County, South Dakota
Powertech Uranium Corporation has proposed to conduct in situ mining within a uranium enriched ore deposit on the proposed permit area known as the Dewey-Burdock project. The project is...

Domestic-Well Water-Quality Data and Reports for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: USGS and CDC Collaboration
The mission of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program is to provide information from a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data that drive actions...

Summary of Approaches for Estimating Playa Lake Flooding
Playa, or terminal, lakes are common in semi- and arid environments; and their characteristic level, hard, and usually dry surfaces make them ideal for airports, as they are used in the...

Evaluation of Satellite-Based Impervious Surface Data for the Mid-Atlantic Region Using an Independently Collected, High-Resolution Validation Database
Satellite-based estimates of impervious surfaces are being produced for the entire United States as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Landsat-based National Land Cover Database...

 

 

 

 

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