Researchers study impact of contaminants in floodwaters

Last spring’s historic flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers may have distributed toxic contaminants along wide flood routes. Researchers know little about how these materials may affect public health and safety in rural and urban areas. But a group of geologists and geological engineers from Missouri University of Science and Technology is working to find out.

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With coastal waters rising, researchers provide first-ever national assessment of FEMA buyouts

A first-of-its-kind study of FEMA buyouts in flood-prone areas nationwide found that most occur in wealthy, denser counties, but that within those areas the most likely targets were vulnerable communities. The study paves the way for future research into equity, race and effectiveness of the buyouts.

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