Read: As the entire land-based sector, including operations run by the tribes, is focusing on recovery, we have launched a Tribal Survey in partnership with Pechanga.net. But tribal gaming is governed by a different set of rules than commercial businesses. Anyone wanting to engage with the tribes needs to get acquainted with the concepts of sovereignty, compacts, state-tribal relations, tribal regulatory structure and tribal community. 5 minutes read Following the release of the ICE 365 Tech Futures, US and European Sports Betting series, we’re now getting ready to launch our next entry in April, which will focus on North American Tribal Gaming. 20 April at 4 pm GMT / 11 am ET / 9 am PST: Hospitality and Amenities in Tribal Casinos –Getting the ROI Back, sponsored by Kambi and featuring contributors such as Peter Arceo, casino general manager, San Manuel Casino; Max Meltzer, chief commercial officer, Kambi; Tom Cantone, president of sports & entertainment, Mohegan Gaming Enterprise and Bobby Soper, president and CEO, Sun Gaming and Hospitality. Click here to learn more and register. Get exclusive insights into the financial performance of casinos in Indian Country in the tribal gaming dashboard. This extract from the Tribal Gaming Report, due to go live on Wednesday (21 April), reveals that Native American gaming is set to account for more than half of US casino GGR in 2020, but will this leading position sustain in the coming years?Watch last week’s webinar, Tribal Gaming: Politics in Indian Country, on-demand. This webinar, moderated by Victor Rocha of Pechanga.net, takes a closer look at the key themes and trends shaping up the present and the future of tribal gaming. The Tribal Gaming series will include a number of on-demand and live content pieces, which aim to improve understanding of tribal gaming and exchange expertise on expanding into new products and verticals. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Strategy ICE365 Content Series Tribal gaming Regulation Management About the ICE 365 Tribal Gaming series Email Address Tribal gaming now constitutes more than 50% of the GGR of the US gambling sector, yet it is still often misunderstood or even ignored by the global stakeholders. With sports betting and igaming launching in multiple states, many international businesses are starting to take notice, viewing the Native American operations as a partnership and market access opportunity. Tribal Gaming Sponsor Welcome to the ICE 365 Tribal Gaming Series This project will help us build a picture of what that recovery is looking like, how tribes are prioritising their activities and what investment opportunities they may consider as part of that process. 23rd April 2021 By contenteditor New channels and new verticals now opening up in the US offer opportunities for the tribes to innovate and modernise, while adding to their land-based offering. New channels might offer tribes an opportunity for quicker growth as they exit the global pandemic. However, their core focus remains on ensuring that their land-based operations, a crucial source of revenue and jobs, recover quickly. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Kambi-sponsored Tribal Gaming Report (22 April) goes live, offering the most comprehensive picture of gaming in Indian Country available. Coming up this week… Also coming this week… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US The results will be made available when the Tribal Gaming series launches in mid-April and will be discussed during one of the digital speakeasies on 19 April – register your interest here. Learn: The evolving concept of exclusivity in tribal gaming sees Valerie Spicer of Trilogy Group discuss how the wave of gaming expansion sweeping the US affects Native American operators’ agreements with states. Native American operators have fought for exclusive rights to gaming for decades, to ensure their operations provide returns to tribal communities. But now they face a dilemma over how to engage with these legalised verticals, while protecting their interests. We’re inviting tribal operators, governments and regulators to participate, so click here to complete the Tribal Survey. The early adopters video series continues with the likes of Anika Howard, Foxwoods Casino & Resort (20 April); Bea Carson, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (21 April) and Jay Dorris of Wind Creek Hospitality (22 April)The week’s keynote videos start tomorrow (20 April) with ICE 365’s evening out at Mohegan Sun, where MGE executives talk about the recovery, sports wagering, international expansion and their partnership with Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.Also coming up this week is an in-depth interview with Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Sarris, a published author and professor, has led the charge to secure federal recognition for the tribe, and speaks exclusively to ICE 365. The National Indian Gaming Association follows later in the week, with chairman Ernie Stevens, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, discussing the main challenges, opportunities and policy focus of the association.Opinion pieces by Prof. Katherine Spilde, Holly Cook Macarro, Richard Schuetz and Jesses Robles take a personal and in-depth look at some of the key trends and developments that are set to shape Indian Country in the near future. Jim Ryan on Pala Interactive’s post-PASPA betting and igaming boom. In this video, Pala Interactive chief executive and igaming industry veteran Ryan explains how the tribe has built its expertise and generated thriving B2B and B2C businesses. He talks over what drove Pala’s ambition to invest in digital, and how the evolving regulatory map in California and beyond prompted its focus to evolve from online poker to social casino, igamingand now sports betting. 19 April at 4:30 pm GMT / 11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PST Digital speakeasy on Post-Covid recovery: Drawing from the Tribal Survey, this invite-only digital conversation will bring together tribal operations and advisers to discuss strategies for post-Covid recovery and growth. Click here to register. Watch:
Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus NewsPoliticsFine Gael’s McCarthy in line to be next Mayor of LimerickBy Editor – June 17, 2013 1426 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Previous articleNew Limerick hospital theatre will improve cancer treatmentNext articleLimerick village gears up for historic Kennedy visit Editor Linkedin Fine Gael city councillor Denis McCarthy who was selected as the party’s nominee for Mayor of Limerick.First-time city councillor Denis McCarthy is in line to become the 817th Mayor of Limerick after he was selected as Fine Gael nominee for the mayoralty at a meeting in City Hall earlier today.The Corbally public representative was elected to the city council in the 2009 local elections and was elected Deputy Mayor in his first term.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Veteran councillor Jim Long was selected as Fine Gael nominee for Deputy Mayor.Because of a split in the party last year, Fine Gael entered into an agreement that resulted in the election of Labour candidate Gerry McLoughlin as Mayor with the chain of office due to return to Fine Gael this year with a Labour Party nominee taking on the role of Deputy Mayor .Mayor McLoughlin subsequently resigned from the Labour Party in protest over its continuing support of the Government’s programme of austerity.Fine Gael city councillor Diarmuid Scully confirmed to The Limerick Post that the agreement with the Labour PArty remains fully in force and will be honoured by both parties. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print Email WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDenis McCarthyfeaturedFine Gaelfull-imageJim LongLimerick city councilMayorTom Shortt Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended
Twitter WhatsApp 57th season of MOSC kicks off Sept. 7 The 57th season of the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale begins Sept. 7. It’s been almost six decades of music for the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale.The 57th season begins Sept. 7.Hundreds of professional musicians, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Gary Lewis, come together to offer a little something for all musical tastes from stirring masterworks repertoire to Broadway show tunes and family concerts.The season includes:>>Sept. 7: World-class pianist Roberto Plano performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 along with one of the best-known compositions in classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.>>Highlighting the November concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and featuring violinist Brian Lewis performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.>>MOSC’s principal tubist Kevin Young will be featured in the January concert From East to West exploring music from across the globe.>>In April violist Geraldine Walther will perform Bartok’s Viola Concerto. Additionally, this masterworks finale will be “out of this world” with orchestral suite “The Planets” by Gustav Holst paired with video accompaniment.>>The Pops & Family series presented by Lissa Noël Wagner with Frances Brown features on Oct. 5 (just in time for Halloween) the series opener with The Addams Family in Concert. Press materials detail that audiences will enjoy watching the delightfully twisted family movie on the big screen while the MOSC orchestra performs the charming and imaginative soundtrack live to the film! Costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly concert experience.>>A West Texas holiday tradition continues with Sounds of the Season to ring in the Yuletide cheer with this family favorite.>>In March don’t miss Rodgers & Hammersteins Celebration when Broadway veterans Sarah Jane McMahon, Gary Mauer and William Michaels join the symphony and chorale for an evening of Broadway show tunes by musical theatre’s greatest composer/lyricist duo.>>Finishing the season is a fun and whimsical concert titled Wizards, Witches & Fantastic Beasts. This family concert features the vibrant scores from the Harry Potter films, “Lord of the Rings.”Season tickets are on sale now. Receive eight concerts for the price of six when subscribing to the Grand Series. Visit mosc.org for details. Multi-tiered pricing levels available to choose from, Masterworks series is free for students with the purchase of an adult subscription or valid college ID. Call or visit the Wagner Noël Box Office at 432-552-4437 from 12-5pm, Monday – Friday, or online at mosc.org Local News Previous articleOAT060219 Dancer 1Next articleNew Mexico woman in critical condition after collision Odessa American Facebook Facebook TAGS WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Twitter
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Court Allows Recovery of Attorney’s Fees Following Foreclosure Next: Executive Restructuring For the CFPB in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Tagged with: DIMONT Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe DIMONT 2020-01-30 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / DIMONT Appoints New CEO Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 30, 2020 1,037 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post DIMONT, a provider of hazard insurance claims and loan administration services to the residential mortgage industry, announced the promotion of Laura MacIntyre to CEO.MacIntyre has led mortgage and business development organizations throughout her career and has been a part of DIMONT’s success since her hiring over two years ago as DIMONT’s Chief Revenue Officer. MacIntyre brings over 25 years of mortgage industry experience to her position as CEO, is poised to lead DIMONT through its next chapter of growth. In her new role, she will lead the company’s strategic initiatives, oversee business development and client relations and ensure alignment of the organization to grow its new business segments while maintaining a quality product and a customer-centric focus. MacIntyre will work closely with Renovo Capital, DIMONT’s long term private equity partner.Prior to her role at DIMONT as Chief Revenue Officer, MacIntyre served as Director of Sales at DocMagic, where she was instrumental in deploying the company’s digital strategy, growing revenue and expanding market share. MacIntyre has also served as COO for both Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight, Inc. (FKA Lender Processing Services, LPS).“I have worked with Laura for a number of years, and I know her experience and knowledge make her a great resource for our organization and our industry,” said Jocelyn Martin-Leano, President, Rushmore Servicing Division. “Laura has years of demonstrated success within the mortgage industry and a proven track record of driving excellence in organizations through her leadership. This promotion is well-deserved. I congratulate her as she moves into her new role as CEO of DIMONT.””It’s been clear to me from day one that DIMONT is a very forward-thinking company that cares deeply about the success of its customers,” said MacIntyre. “Having grown up in the mortgage industry and seeing changes that have taken place in our market, it is truly an honor to be in the company of such great leaders and business partners who have supported me throughout my career. I am so very grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve as DIMONT’s CEO and am truly excited for the future of our organization.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago DIMONT Appoints New CEO
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Damage Flood Insurance in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Zombie Homes Hold Steady During Foreclosure Moratoria Next: GSEs Release LIBOR Transition Resources The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles Homeowners who live in a 100-year floodplain have a 26% chance of their property being flooded at some point during the course of 30 years, the length of a typical mortgage, according to ValuePenguin. However, only a minority of properties located in a designated 100-year floodplain are insured against flooding. Just 40% of homes located in “high-risk flood zones” in the 100 largest cities across the United States have flood insurance, according to ValuePenguin. In seven cities, less than 2% of homes in high-risk areas have flood insurance. Among those is Boise Idaho, where only one property reportedly has flood insurance while well over 8,000 homes are located in high-risk zones. In Riverside, California; Detroit; and St. Louis just 0.9% of properties in 100-year floodplains have flood insurance. The remaining cities with flood coverage ratios lower than 2% are Cleveland, Ohio (1.1%); Minneapolis (1.5%); and Youngstown, Ohio (1.8%). The flood coverage ratio in 31 of the 100 cities observed was lower than 5%. In six of the 100 cities, the flood coverage ratio was actually higher than 100%, meaning not only are most homes within the 100-year floodplain covered by flood insurance, but also many homes surrounding the floodplain also have flood insurance. The lowest rates of flood insurance occurred in places that haven’t experienced major flood damage in the past several years, such as Boise, and Detroit. Those cities with the highest instances of flood insurance were typicaly cities that have experienced major flooding event in recent history. “The recent memory of severe flood events likely prompted homeowners who live outside the 100-year floodplain to purchase flood insurance as well,” wrote Chris Moon, Product Manager for ValuePenguin on the company’s website. New Orleans had the highest rate of flood insurance coverage at more than 2,000%. It was followed by Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the coverage ratio is 870%. Four other large metros had flood insurance coverage ratios higher than 100%, including Provo, Utah; Sacramento, California; El Paso, Texas; and Honolulu. However, whether a city has had a recent flooding or not, “every location in the U.S. has some level of exposure to flood risk,” Moon said, and homes located in FEMA-designated 100-year floodplains are at risk. A home in a 100-year floodplain has a 1% risk of flooding each year, which equates to a 26% risk over the course of 30 years. “Where disasters are concerned, 2020 is destined to go down in history as the year of the coronavirus—but that doesn’t make the threat of seasonal weather events any less urgent,” Moon said. About Author: Krista F. Brock The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. High-Risk Homes Lack Flood Insurance Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Damage Flood Insurance 2020-05-28 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 28, 2020 1,764 Views Home / Daily Dose / High-Risk Homes Lack Flood Insurance Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
WhatsApp Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Google+ Twitter Newsx Adverts WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson in Derry is calling for an urgent review of emergency housing provision in the city.Councillor Tony Hassan says he’s shocked at figures showing that nearly 450 people needed temporary accommodation in Derry over the past 3 years, with 150 people currently in temporary accommodation.He says there is a three phase plan to buld much needed social housing on the Skeoge Road, but theproject is moving very slowly, and more temporary alternatives are needed. Facebook Concern at temporary housing provision in Derry Previous articleNew A&E unit to be operational in less than a yearNext articleMc Hugh meeting Keith Prowse directors News Highland Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – May 10, 2010 Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter
News UpdatesMandamus Cannot Be Issued To Parliament To Enact Legislation: SC Rejects Plea To Enact Law To Provide Uniform Compensation To Victims Of Violence [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Oct 2020 9:30 PMShare This – x”Whether any scheme should at all be framed by the executive is a matter of policy.”The Supreme Court recently dismissed a lawyer’s plea seeking direction to Parliament to enact a law providing a uniform scheme of compensation for persons who are affected by violence and other tragedies.”No mandamus can be issued to Parliament as a legislating body to enact legislation. “, said the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.B.S. Rajesh…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court recently dismissed a lawyer’s plea seeking direction to Parliament to enact a law providing a uniform scheme of compensation for persons who are affected by violence and other tragedies.”No mandamus can be issued to Parliament as a legislating body to enact legislation. “, said the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.B.S. Rajesh Agrajith, a lawyer, had approached the Apex Court by filing a Public Interest Litigation. He prayed for issuing direction to Centre to formulate, enact and implement a strong uniform scheme for awarding compensation for mis-happenings, deaths due to Terrorism or Maoist violence or mob lynching etc, rape victims etc. The prayers sought were as follows: “The prayers are hence misconceived. Moreover, whether any scheme should at all be framed by the executive is a matter of policy. We, therefore, decline to entertain the petition under Article 32 of the Constitution.”, the bench said.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
The automatic system creates a faster turnover time, and iscompletely open so that staff can see all the other submitted ideas and tracktheir progress. Online suggestion scheme is set to cut out the middle manOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Staff who submit ideas that are considered willautomatically receive a bonus from HR, and suggestions that are successfullyimplemented will receive a larger reward. “In our business, innovation is absolutely key. Thiswill improve the internal communication structure and deliver ideas through thebusiness,” he said. Adrian Farley, HR director at SAP, said he was almost readyto introduce the idea in the UK following successful pilot programmes inGermany and India. A new employee suggestion scheme at technology firm SAP willsoon enable staff to send their ideas directly to the managers responsible forimplementing them. Comments are closed. The online system allows employees to put forward ideas forimproving the business and ensures they are delivered electronically to amanager that can make it happen. “It is important for ideas go to the right person toensure they actually happen. Often, if you put ideas in the hands of acommittee, they don’t have the technical expertise to deal with themquickly,” Farley added. Previous Article Next Article The Idea Management software links individual employees,senior managers and technical experts, who can judge whether the idea willwork. Related posts:No related photos.
By Maddy VitaleLinda Rothermel has lived on the bayfront since 1969. The retired Ocean City Intermediate School music teacher says she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.She loves living on the water and all that goes along with it, but the mud-choked channel tried her patience. As she stood and watched dredging crews remove sediment from the bay Friday she said, “I think this is a much-needed project. The boaters can’t go out at low tide. They are stuck. If you have that amount of money where you live on the waterfront, you want to be able to use your boats.”Rothermel does not have a boat, but she does have three boat slips and would like to rent them out again. Dredging crews have been pulling up silt and sediment that clogs the channels.Mud and silt that filled the channels needed to come out. But it took a lot of ingenuity, perseverance and creativity to make it all come to fruition, Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen explained.The city hired two companies for a total of $3.1 million for dredging projects to clean out the waterways. This is the latest round in the city’s dredging program to remove silt and sediment from lagoons and channels along the back bays.“Like many other coastal towns in New Jersey, Ocean City’s bayside waterways lack deep water. Shallow waters often were impassable to boat traffic through much of the tide cycle. Bayfront property owners looked out on mud,” Bergen said. “Even paddleboarders and swimmers had to time the tides to use the bay with some even having to be rescued after sinking hip-deep into the soft bottom.”Dredging at W. 17th Street is expected to be completed in a few days.The dredging crew working on the area around Rothermel’s home at the corner of W. 17th Street is Southwind Construction, which is based in Evansville, Indiana. Steve Gant handles quality control for Southwind Construction. He looked out at the channel and surveyed his crew handling the work.“It’s excellent,” Gant said. “We are ahead of schedule and a lot of mud is coming out of there. These guys are real good. They know what they are doing. They are making sure everything is coming up.”The tight channel could be challenging, especially with large dredging materials and vessels.“You really have to know what you are doing, especially in an area like this,” Gant said. “It is so compact.” The dredging projects by Southwind Construction began in September.The company is using hydraulic dredging to pump the materials out of the shallow lagoons through a pipeline to a disposal facility, known as Site 83, off Roosevelt Boulevard.Bergen explained that Southwind has already completed work at Clubhouse Lagoon and Bluefish Lagoon on either side of Waterway Road and work at the mouth of Carnival Bayou, between W. 16th Street and W. 17th Street. They will move on to the Waterview area off Waterview Boulevard in Merion Park next. Southwind has a $2.1 million contract, but about 61 percent of that will be covered by state grants, because that proportion of the project area covers waters under state jurisdiction, Bergen said.ACT Engineers inspector Juan Cruz watched with Southwind Construction manager Mike Will and Gant, as the crew worked through the day.“The guys have been doing this project since September,” said Cruz, whose company serves as Ocean City’ dredging consultant.He added that most people are telling them they are pleased that the work is being completed, but others have complained of the noise and dredging equipment cluttering the channels.“I hope people can be happy with the end result,” Cruz said with a smile. “They will have a clean bay without all of the mud.”The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.ACT Engineers inspector Juan Cruz watches the work crews with Southwind Construction manager Mike Will.Rothermel can be assured, however, that work around her home will be finished in a couple of days, they said.“That definitely is a good thing,” she said. “That is what they are saying. It will be interesting to see.”After that time, people with private boat slips can reach out to ACT Engineers to have their private slips dredged at their cost. For information visit [email protected] a monumental dredging project in the city definitely came with its challenges, Bergen noted.“The prospects for fixing the problem were as muddy as the bay,” Bergen said. “The city had budgeted money to dredge, but finding a disposal site remained a difficult proposition, complicated by strict environmental regulations.”In the end, the city emptied the existing confined disposal facility, Site 83, that had been full for years off Roosevelt Boulevard. The second dredging project underway now in the city is being performed by Longport-based Trident Piling Company for a $1 million contract. Trident has already completed work at Snug Harbor between 8th Street and Revere Place, the Bay Bridge area between Snug Harbor and the Ninth Street Bridge, and parts of Sunny Harbor between Arkansas and Walnut avenues. Trident is working right now to remove material by truck from a small disposal facility underneath the Ninth Street Bridge to make room for more work at Sunny Harbor between Spruce and Tennessee avenues. The project also extends to the bayfront at Third Street, and at South Harbor. Trident is using mechanical dredging, a process in which material is scooped up by an excavator and barged to the disposal facility.The view from the W. 17th Street dredging project.Bergen said Ocean City’s efforts to solve the problem provide a model for towns throughout New Jersey on a number of levels:“Faced with a hodgepodge of current and expired permits among public and private property owners, Ocean City successfully applied for a tip-to-tip maintenance dredge permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Army Corps of Engineers for every piece of public and private property on the bay side,” Bergen said.Before now, a citywide dredging permit had never been issued before. The city was granted approval by the reviewing agencies, and more than 250,000 cubic yards of dredged material was removed to make room for new dredging.Working with the state through a shared service agreement, Ocean City was able to receive more than $4 million for hydraulic dredging contracts and contract management to open state channels and lagoons leading to the Intracoastal Waterway, he said.“A creative solution led to an agreement with Wildwood to use trucked dredge material to cap an existing landfill,” Bergen added. “Agricultural uses on turf farms and nurseries also were approved.”Vessels have to maneuver in a compact space, officials say. Linda Rothermel says she is pleased that work to dredge the lagoon is nearing completion by her Bayshore Drive home in Ocean City.
The National Drought Group (NDG) brings together government departments, water companies, environmental groups and others. The role of the group is to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of dry weather, to coordinate action to maintain water supplies, consider water users and protect the environment.The National Drought Group (NDG) met on Monday 21 January, chaired by Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director at the Environment Agency, to assess the water resource situation and actions being taken to reduce risk for summer 2019.CURRENT SITUATION AND PROSPECTSWet weather in November and December 2018 brought a welcome end to six consecutive months of below average rainfall in England. This winter refill started slightly later than usual but the rain brought relief for many parts of England, with the exception of eastern England.Despite this improvement and a slightly improved water resources situation compared to this time last year, the picture in England is not yet back to normal.January has been dry, with just 4% of the expected (long-term average) rainfall in the first 15 days of the month, resulting in most rivers flows being very low for the time of year. There are still several reservoirs below normal in central England, groundwater in aquifers stretching from Oxford to Cambridge have also not recovered.The Met Office 3 month outlook shows a slightly higher chance of drier weather than wet during January – March. If the coming months are dry, water available for spray irrigation by farmers may be limited during the summer. If the dry weather continues it will potentially have a significant impact on wetlands and the wildlife they support including returning migratory birds due to an inadequate mix of habitats e.g. mudflat, wet grassland, open water.The Environment Agency (EA) is taking the following action: Yorkshire Water drought permits to give extra flexibility to ensure the company is prepared for the summer. Severn Trent Water is considering a drought permit and have been active with their customer communications. Anglian Water is working with the EA and the National Farmers Union (NFU) to identify opportunities to share water in the summer. United Utilities is embedding learning from the dry weather in 2018 into its operations. Moving megalitres of water around, for example since April we have moved 27510 million litres of water in our Ely Ouse to Essex transfer and during January we plan to move a total of 7965 million litres. Close monitoring to assess the conditions of rivers affected by sustained low flows and prepare for potential environmental incidents. Supporting farmers by updating our position on flexible abstraction for farmers – due to be published in coming weeks – which will include extending the refill season into April for winter storage reservoirs. Reviewing guidance for water company drought plans and incorporating lessons learnt over last summer. Working flexibly with environmental NGOs and site managers to optimise management of wetland sites to ensure there is enough water on site or providing advice on possible other sources of water The National Drought Group discussed opportunities to work collaboratively on these actions, the possible implications of further dry weather and how issues from EU Exit may impact on water resources for later in the year.THE WATER SECTORExtreme weather in 2018 – the ‘Beast from the East‘ and summer heatwave – put pressure on the sector to test their resilience and drought plans. Following a request at the last NDG meeting, Water UK has reported on the actions the water sector has taken to protect water supplies and reduce longer term drought risk: Managing water supplies in 2018 and preparing for 2019. The Environment Agency and Defra welcomed this activity and clarity.Most water companies are in a better position than at the start of 2018 but several companies still have reservoirs and/or groundwater below average levels. The companies reassured the NDG they are taking necessary actions such as changing how they operate their sources of water, spending more on tackling leakage, promoting water efficiency and offering additional services to customers such as Southern Water’s free water pipe lagging and Thames Water’s home visits.Water companies set out specific activities including: Last year the Environment Agency issued 6 drought permits, reviewing each application to ensure the environment was not put at risk. During the meeting Defra and the Environment Agency urged water companies to act early in making any future applications as a fair assessment of the water needs of people, industry, farmers and the environment takes time – and also because teams are working to prepare for EU Exit.AGRICULTUREThe National Farmers Union (NFU) has updated members on the dry start to the year and possible risks for the summer. Their main focus has been the East of England as the region has not shown strong signs of recovery yet. The Environment Agency’s flexible approach to abstraction for farmers will be updated shortly to include extending the refill season into April for winter storage reservoirs.The NFU and Environment Agency have run ‘abstraction clinics’ with farmers in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and will be arranging more in the Midlands and other parts of East Anglia during January and February. Advice will also be sent to farmers, updated online and available from the Environment Agency customer contact centre [email protected] on 03708 506 506.CONCLUSIONS AND NEXT STEPSThe NDG cautiously welcomed the recovery of water resources in many parts of England but acknowledged the ongoing dry weather may put pressure on farmers and the environment in the spring.Water companies were positive that even if the dry weather continues over the coming months, they would not need to introduce any restrictions this summer. Water companies reassured the group that they are not being complacent – they continue to tackle leakage, review their operations and communicate with customers.In the short to medium term, farmers and the environment face the biggest risks and those involved need to take action now to prepare for what could be a difficult summer.Through the NDG, members will need to work together to act early and mitigate these risks, the potential challenges from a cold snap and the changes from EU Exit. We encourage sharing and trading of water as a number of members did in 2018.The NDG will meet again in March 2019.