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9/17/2019

An old law prevents Florida's beach communities from acquiring sand from abroad to replenish beaches, but Sen. Marco Rubio, D-Fla., is reviving a proposal to change that. Citing the recent need created by Hurricane Dorian, Rubio said the legislation "will improve beach renourishment efforts by encouraging greater flexibility in acquiring the best sand for Florida beaches at the best value for federal, state and local taxpayers."

9/17/2019

More than 4,000 structures to control erosion have been erected over the past century in Arizona's Upper Gila River watershed, most in the San Simon Valley, according to an inventory conducted by Eastern Arizona College. Now a coordinated effort is under way to evaluate which of these decades-old structures are worthy of maintenance and preservation.

9/17/2019

Scott Douglass, a professor emeritus at the University of South Alabama and civil engineer, has taken it upon himself to study the curious phenomenon of sand cliffs several feet high that occur along the calm Gulf Coast of Alabama and the Florida panhandle. So far Douglass is casting doubt on the role of neap tides and beach renourishment projects as causes.

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9/17/2019

Greencastle Borough in Franklin County, Pa., offers an example of the high cost of compliance with MS4 requirements imposed to help clean up Chesapeake Bay. Some residents say the burden is unfair, as most sediment runoff stems from areas that are not urbanized, and therefore off the hook for addressing the problem.

9/17/2019

A report of excessive downstream sediment in Colorado's Boulder Creek has prompted a state compliance check on a Boulder Canyon construction project. At issue is the Colorado 119 upgrade project near the Eben Fine Park and other locations, according to a complaint filed by Boulder Waterkeeper.

9/17/2019

Fiore Industries President and CEO Bill Miera, a Hispanic business leader in Albuquerque, N.M., has made a positive difference in his community, Candace Beeke writes. Miera co-founded the New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and has been recognized by Albuquerque Business First as one of New Mexico's top CEOs.

9/17/2019

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has begun the Middle School to Medical School program, designed to help socially and economically disadvantaged youth consider pursuing careers in medicine. The goal is to give middle-school students the opportunity to experience the health-care field and "hopefully inspire them to know they too can become a physician," said Felix Morales, associate dean of the School of Medicine Office of Admissions.

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9/17/2019

Rentable electric scooters are seen by some as a clever solution to short-hop urban transport and by others as a dangerous nuisance. Solutions to these objections, however, are being worked out in terms of logistics and engineering of the scooters themselves for greater energy efficiency and durability.

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9/17/2019

Michael Macsisak, a predictive maintenance technician, says his "big wins," such as detecting faults in a hoist and a conveyor gearbox before they failed, have resulted from employing an analytic chain of command that starts with oil analysis and also employs ultrasound and vibration diagnostics. "Most of the equipment that fails, I'll say 80% of the time it's due to misalignment," said Macsisak.

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9/17/2019

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act would establish grants to states for technological advances at small and midsize manufacturers. Meanwhile, the Labor Department plans to create a new apprenticeship credentialing program that will give industry groups more leeway as they establish apprenticeship programs.

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