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House passes Water Resources Development Act

As one of its last actions before adjourning for the election recess, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (399 to 25) to approve that chamber’s version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (HR 5303). With both chambers now having approved WRDA, the next step will be a conference committee during the lame duck session of Congress.

EPA tool helps communities prepare for climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated online climate change risk assessment tool that assists users in designing adaptation plans based on the types of threats confronting their communities. EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is designed for water utilities.

AECOM announces amendment to existing credit facilities

AECOM announced that it completed an amendment of its existing credit facilities. This transaction, which the company said was facilitated by its strong financial position and favorable bank market conditions, reduces the company’s borrowing cost and provides additional flexibility to execute on its strategy.

Balfour Beatty acquires Omnicom Engineering

International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty announced its acquisition of Omnicom Engineering Limited. Founded in 1995, Omnicom Engineering is a UK company that specializes in development of vehicle-borne software and hardware platforms for asset survey, inspection and monitoring for use across the transportation sector.

‘Smart city’ funding to support coastal flood management

The White House announced the winners of several grant competitions within its national smart city initiative, including a sub-award to Dr. Jon 'Derek' Loftis of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in support of his efforts to help local communities better manage coastal flooding.

Monarch butterflies found in NYC curbside rain gardens

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced that monarch butterflies have been found by gardeners in curbside rain gardens built over the last few years in Queens and Brooklyn. Other insect species that have been found within the rain gardens include ladybugs, praying mantis and honey bees, which are valuable pollinators.

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