The U.S. Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 have brought on a joint venture of Freese and Nichols, COWI and CDM Smith (FCC-JV) to part of an $863 million effort to improve hurricane flood protection—levees and floodwalls—for a 65-square-mile area that includes Port Arthur, Texas, and adjacent communities.
If you were hoping for a silver-bullet, big-infrastructure solution to save Greater Boston from the impact of rising sea levels, a major study coordinated by University of Massachusetts Boston’s Sustainable Solutions Lab released in the spring may have come as disappointing news.
For nearly a century, oceanside communities, particularly those along the Atlantic, have used beach nourishment to safeguard buildings and infrastructure from the erosive forces of waves and tidal action.