Mississippi River Commission High-Water Inspection…

Greetings from snowy Cape Girardeau!

We are in the midst of a three-day snow break at Southeast Missouri State University…  Which is giving me time to finally catch up on lots and lots of things. And, many thanks to Logan Strother, who has kept things going here at the blog while I managed some other issues. If you haven’t been reading his posts on physical takings, you really should! He’s doing a great job.

For my readers along the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River Commission has scheduled its annual high-water inspection trip. For those of us in USACE’s Memphis District, there are two public meetings scheduled:

March 23 at 9 a.m. in New Madrid, MO (City Front)

March 24 at 9 a.m. in Memphis, TN (Beal Street Landing)

The meetings are open to the pubic. The agenda, as posted in the link above, is:

1.  Summary report by president of the Commission on national and regional issues affecting the US Army Corps of Engineers and commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

2. District commander’s overview for the commission on current project issues in the respective district area.

3.  Presentations to the commission by local organizations and members of the public giving views or comments on any issue affecting the programs or projects of the commission and the Corps of Engineers.

The Memphis District posted their announcement on March 3rd. Again, if you click the link above, it’ll take you to their post.

This is an opportunity to learn about the various projects going on in the area, as well as an opportunity to present your views if you have an interest in any of the programs or projects of the commission and USACE in the area.

Reading Around the Internet: November 10, 2014

The news in the US was dominated this last week with election… stuff… But a couple of things crossed my desk that were on-point for DPP’s themes…

USACE and Climate Change

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released its plan for adapting its work to take into account both climate change and sustainability issues. It’s titled “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Climate Change Adaptation Plan.” Their news release is here, along with links to this plan and their 2014 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. The two documents provide an overview of the plans the Corps has for focusing “on sustainability and on mainstreaming climate change adaptation of our constructed and natural water-resources infrastructure…” The Corps, of course, is very important in natural disaster operations, as well as many mitigation efforts. While they do have to coordinate with other agencies, the navigable water of the US — all of them — fall under their jurisdiction. That makes these reports very important indeed.

President Executive Orders and Climate Change

As everyone in the US is aware, there was an election in the US. Just before the election on November 1st, President Obama issued an Executive Order with the intent of preparing “the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience…” This is a follow-up and extension of policy that has already been underway for some time. If you read through the press release and the language of the Executive Order, you can see that it is designed to advance the work that has been on-going since as early as 2001 (with regard to critical infrastructure).

Volcanoes!

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rumbling since mid-August, has been keeping Icelanders inside, and causing earthquakes. Since November 7th, there have been 200 earthquakes ash the volcano continues its activity. The gases from the volcano have meant that school children have had to stay in doors, and people who have upper respiratory sensitivities are being told to stay inside and warm up their houses in order to keep the gases from getting inside. As the interviews in this Bloomberg report indicate, the only thing residents can do is let Mother Nature take her course.

Winter Weather… Is Here…  

A lot of my readership will be experiencing winter weather here this coming week. Weather.com has an overview of the weather here. It’ll be unseasonably cold here in southeast Missouri, but my thoughts always turn northward when these storms hit to my old stomping grounds in Minnesota. Good luck family and friends up north! Stay warm and stay safe!