An infusion of $220 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is letting the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission accelerate work on 170 miles of levees of the Rio Grande flood control system in Texas and New Mexico. The El Paso, Texas-based commission says the work will improve flood protection for more than two million U.S. residents. El Paso, Texas Photo: International Boundary and Water Longhorn Excavators is one of the first contractors out of the gate to upgrade levees along the lower Rio Grande River in Texas and New Mexico. Related Links: Stimulus: A
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.