WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Stronger NOLA Levees with Geogrids

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The human and infrastructure devastation inflicted by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina has led to years of levee design revisions and reconstructions in the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been the principal driver of these projects, and geosynthetics have played new and significant roles. For the 5.2-mile-long “Levee 111” project, which borders ... »

GEER Responds to Christchurch, New Zealand Flooding

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12 March 2014 – A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science  Foundation, has been mobilized to investigate the potential impacts of the wide spread liquefaction as a result of  the 2010 – 2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence on the recent Christchurch, New Zealand flooding that occurred 6 – 8 March 2014. They wil... »

AEG Helps USACE Protect Mississippi Levee

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The floods affecting American waterways in 2011 have been, for many communities, historic, as have the engineering solutions being utilized. American Environmental Group, Ltd. (AEGL) has been part of a first-of-its-kind emergency levee protection effort in Mississippi that has used impermeable geomembrane liner to help secure the backside of the Yazoo River Backwater Levee. This emergency strategy... »

Louisville District Uses New Technology to Support Smithland Flood Fight

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"They figured they only had about 75 hours," USACE's John Neville writes. He was referring to the window of time before the city of Smithland, Kentucky might be flooded. The US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District office joined this flood fight in late April, taking on a scale of flooding that hadn't been experienced in nearly 75 years in some parts of the region. For Smithland, the Corps u... »

Battling the Flood in Smithland with Defencell

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This project represents the largest ever emergency installation of a Defencell Flood Wall system in the United States. The Defencell Flood Wall is a geotextile-based system, originally developed for ballistic defenses in military operations, and can be quickly constructed utilizing local fill, sand, or other common aggregates. Within 24 hours of receiving a call from the USACE, Fiberweb delivered ... »