Book Your Trip Soon

| If you’ve been thinking about a sightseeing trip to the Mediterranean, you might want to go sooner rather than later, according to a recent study, which says that many of the cultural treasures along the coast will eventually be partly underwater or eroded away. The paper just published in the journal Nature Communications surveyed 49 ... READ MORE

Oysters on the Half Shell

| I’m not a picky eater. I cheerfully tried greenland shark in Iceland, pig’s foot soup in Korea, and tongue tacos in Santa Barbara. But no matter how hard I’ve tried, I never developed a taste for oysters. Which is a shame, because I grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, where oysters are ... READ MORE

A New Breakdown

| Just when you thought the news about plastics couldn’t get worse, another study comes along to show that it already has. Here at Forester, we’ve published a number of posts about the problems with plastic; here’s a recent one from MSW Management editor Arturo Santiago about the growing movement to ban single-use plastic items like ... READ MORE

Protecting a Town from Storm Surge

| Nestled in the Sandy Hook Bay, the community of Port Monmouth, NJ, has experienced flooding, blizzards, and major storms that have swept through the area throughout the years. ... READ MORE

Killing Turtles

| We know the problems algae blooms can cause for humans—from unpleasantly slimy beaches to interruptions in the water supply to occasional respiratory problems in people who are exposed—and Florida seems to get more than its share each summer. Two years ago, thick algae on the state’s Atlantic coast led four counties to declare a state ... READ MORE

Structural Culvert Rehabilitation

| Failing culverts pose serious hazards to drivers, businesses, and rail traffic. It is incumbent upon design ­engineers and owner- managers to ensure that structures are sound and reliable. Department of Transportation, county, municipal, and railway maintenance and engineering divisions play a critical role in conducting routine inspections and repairs. Many repairs must be accomplished with zero to ­minimal impact on businesses, residents, and traffic—whether military, interstate commerce, county and municipal, or rail. And further complicating some repairs is the need for environmental sen­sitivity—for instance, when fish ­passages are involved. ... READ MORE

The Damage After the Floods

| The East Coast is under siege this week with widespread flooding. Seasonal flooding is common, but what’s unusual about this week’s storms is the sheer size of the area they cover; nearly 700 miles of coastline and cities farther inland are affected. As in other floods over the past several years—Houston comes to mind—the water ... READ MORE

Street Sweeping—Cleaner Air, Clearer Water

| Plaquemine, LA, is located about 18 miles west of Baton Rouge. The city has a population of about 8,000. Plaquemine’s director of Public Works, Richard Alleman, directs the city’s street sweeping operation. ... READ MORE

Meatless Monday—and Every Day—at the Office

| Two weeks ago, I wrote about efforts to cultivate algae as a food source. Proponents of algae-based nutrition point out that 70% of the world’s freshwater use goes into raising crops and livestock. We’ve also touched on the issue here, comparing how much water various types of food—especially meats—take to produce. A pound of chicken, ... READ MORE


| What’s red and blue and devours almost anything? An inexpensive, low-tech device is being deployed throughout Florida and other southeastern states to capture trash in the waterways. Distributed by the nonprofit organization Bigwater Foundation, the floatable device consists of a chain of buoyant plastic balls and a net. It’s called a Watergoat—because goats eat anything—and ... READ MORE