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Addressing Houston-Galveston Area's Storm Surge Risk

Texas’ most vulnerable stretch of coastline is along the Houston-Galveston area, which hosts a slew of refineries, oil tanks and other critical infrastructure. But nine years after Hurricane Ike, which left $29.5 billion of damages in its wake, no projects are in the ground. Time and effort has been focused on research to address the combined effects of sea-level rise, subsidence and storm surge.

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Getting the Gunk Out of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Located in the heart of central Texas is the growing City of Killeen. Lured by cheap land and a strong economy, people moving in from other states could drive population up 36% over the next two decades to nearly 200,000.

The Bell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1 treats sewage generated by this growing population via two plants: a 21 mgd central plant and a 6 mgd south plant (maximum capacities). Both were meant to treat primarily residential sewage, but as the city’s southern corridor grew so have the number of restaurants.

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