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Archive for May, 2011

IFC: Understanding and Withstanding Floods

Posted on May 31st, 2011

The Iowa Flood Center is featured on the cover of the digital edition of Iowa Engineer magazine. The story, written by Jean Florman, states, “When rain and snowmelt cause inland lakes and rivers to swell, no … national center exists to provide information to downstream homeowners and municipalities at risk from rising water. The Iowa Flood Center is about to change all that.”

Rachel Yucuis (foreground) and Zach Rodenburg complete safety training in preparation for a research cruise on Lake Michigan.

PCBs: Dredging Up a Problem

Posted on May 11th, 2011

For more than a century, toxins generated by heavy industry settled to the bottom of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC) in East Chicago, Ind., creating thick sludgy mud that is home to everything from heavy metals to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans to dredge the canal, but the plan raises questions for scientists.

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