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Oct 01 2012

A Few Good Reads (10/1/12): Flooding in NE India and Testing Levees in the Netherlands

This week: Flooding and landslides kill almost 30 in northeast India, testing levees in the Netherlands, solving the water crisis now in the U.S., and the huge salmon run this year on the Sacramento River.

Flood, landslides kill 29 in Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal (The Indian Express)

In Assam, the flood situation deteriorated with 16 districts reeling under its impact, as large parts of Dibru-Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were submerged.

Civil Engineers Destroy Test Levee in the Netherlands (ScienceDaily)

“The failure of flood-control infrastructure is very real, and can lead to catastrophic flooding as we unfortunately witnessed in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina,” said Tarek Abdoun, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the School of Engineering and the Judith and Thomas Iovino ’73 Career Development Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer. “A large-scale test like this can help supply us with invaluable data to inform and validate our efforts to create a long-term, real-time monitoring system that can assess the health of levees and help identify the vulnerability of levee or dam sections before they fail.”

Three Ways To Solve The Water Crisis Now (Forbes)

The United States is estimated to lose one in six gallons of fresh water every day due to leaky pipes. According to a recent Ceres report, the United States loses 6 billion gallons of treated water–14 percent of the country’s daily water usage–per day due to leaky pipes.

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Sacramento River fall fun hits stride (Recordnet.com)

The early light revealed old growth oak and cottonwood trees that lined the river, and the first glimpse of salmon lunging and plunging their ways through the low water and riffles created by the reduction in water released from Shasta Dam. There were so many salmon, we sat and stared at their silhouettes illuminated by the rising sun.

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