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31 Dec, 2008

TVA Ash Spill – Update

Posted by: Skylar In: news|Stormwater

In the past couple of days, the spill from the TVA plant has been gaining a lot more publicity.  This is thanks in part to two lawsuits that have been filed against the TVA.  The first suit is by a local landowner claiming $165 Million in damages to a nearby subdivision.  The second suit was [...]

29 Dec, 2008

TVA Ash Storage Pond Breaches

Posted by: Skylar In: news|Stormwater

On Monday, December 22, 2008 a retention pond at a steam plant in Tenessee was broken.  Surrounding roads and lands were flooded and ruined.  The good news is that there have been no injuries reported to date.  The Knoxville News Sentinel has posted an intriguing video of the aftermath: The worst part of the whole [...]

05 Aug, 2008

Katrina a failure of civil engineering

Posted by: Skylar In: Uncategorized

City Journal recently posted an article on the true reasons for the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. The author argues that the problems in New Orleans occurred due to poorly designed and maintained infrastructure. It’s an interesting point, and something that should be a warning to anyone who works in the field of stormwater management. Katrina’s [...]


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