It’s Time to Bring Back Earmarks 

It’s Time to Bring Back Earmarks  by Howard Marlowe  Is it Time to Bring Back Earmarks?YesNoOnly for the CorpsVote It has been nearly eight years since Congress gave away control over spending.  Next January when the new House of Representatives meets to adopt its rules, it can correct that mistake by striking its “temporary” ban on congressionally-directed-funding, or earmarks.  Since 2008, Congress has only once passed…

Back to the Future

History is about the present.  Think about it.  People had to live their lives centuries ago just like you do today.  Food, shelter, and safety were their concerns, as well as yours.   In the early 1800’s, they didn’t have all the comforts of daily life we take for granted today.  For example, transportation from one place to another was literally…

Trump’s Bad Idea for the Corps

The headlines for June 21, 2018 weren’t much different from most over the past 18 months.  Immigration dominated the headlines, with the major story being the presidential decision to end the forced separation of immigrants crossing into the U.S.  It was also the day the Trump administration announced its plan for a major reorganization of parts of the Federal…

What We Can Do to Alleviate the Shortage of Sand

Many of you have been to the beach this summer while others of you have worked in your offices.  Your play places and workplaces have one thing in common:  sand.  Last October, we highlighted the critical issue of the dwindling world supply of sand.  Recently, I’ve seen several articles on the subject, including this one…

Sea Level Rise, or Fall?

Two men argue over sea level rise, one from Alaska, one from Alabama. The man from Alaska claims the sea level is falling while the man from Alabama claims the sea is rising. Both are correct. Many physical influences determine local sea level fluctuation. It’s a surprise to most that the surface of the ocean…

Those Notorious March Nor’easters

The following blog post was written by Dr. Thomas Herrington, UCI Associate Director, who generously let me share his thoughts with WaterLog readers:   Back-to-back nor’easters between March 1 and 8 had many residents along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard dreading the next high tide cycle. High astronomical tides combined with the powerful cyclone that developed off…

Let’s Get Rid of All Earmarks

I’ll bet you thought earmarks were already a thing of the past.  WRONG Most people say that the President’s budget is dead on arrival.  WRONG While Congress prohibited itself from congressionally-directed spending (aka earmarks) in 2011, they didn’t stop the President from earmarking.  I’m not talking about funding this program and not funding that one. …