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Traffic Noise Model® receives major upgrades
Traffic Noise Model® receives major upgrades

The Federal Highway Administration changes the noise modeling game again with their first major update to Traffic Noise Model® in over a decade – TNM 3.0.

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Cautious implementation of low impact development recommended
Cautious implementation of low impact development recommended

Many communities want the well-publicized benefits of green infrastructure, aka low impact development. However, LID may also have potentially adverse impacts.

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Business and government honor Earth Day with sustainable practices
Business and government honor Earth Day with sustainable practices

It’s great that as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day, there are so many embracing sustainability concepts in their own practices.

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Streamlining environmental stewardship using the <i>Red Book</i>
Streamlining environmental stewardship using the Red Book

The FHWA’s 2015 Red Book is a “how to” guide for streamlining and synchronizing NEPA.

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Mead & Hunt wins Best of State award for complex safety project
Mead & Hunt wins Best of State award for complex safety project

Congratulations to the Mead & Hunt project team for winning the 2017 Engineering Excellence award on the USH 14 Urban Safety and Traffic Improvements project.

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Diversifying the engineering profession takes continued support
Diversifying the engineering profession takes continued support

This week we celebrate National Engineers Week, which made me curious about the number of women currently in engineering.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leadership affects quorum actions
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leadership affects quorum actions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not have a quorum to address any actions that require a majority vote.

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Converging federal regulations impact floodplains and critical habitat
Converging federal regulations impact floodplains and critical habitat

NMFS concluded that implementation of NFIP is likely to jeopardize the existence of 16 species protected by the ESA in Oregon due to impacts to critical habitat.

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Updated guidelines for California’s Clean Water Grants released
Updated guidelines for California’s Clean Water Grants released

The California State Water Resources Control Board recently released updates to the Intended Use Plans that impact the funding of water projects.

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Endangered bumble bee may impact projects
Endangered bumble bee may impact projects

A final rule was published in the Federal Register by the USFWS stating that as of February 10, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee will have an endangered status under the Endangered Species Act.

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