Several times in recent posts, I’ve talked about the daily safety sessions and their importance in gaining control of a situation that continues to plague our operations, but there are other important subjects that I’ll be following, one of which is destructive weather, particularly in coastal areas.
It was the focus of not just sessions at last week’s StormCon, at Myrtle Beach, SC, but of many discussions in the hallways and the exhibition floor throughout.
Now this week at the American Public Works Association’s annual show, taking place this year at Chicago, IL, the subject and several exhibitors offering disaster relief services are well in represented.
What makes coastal protection stand out from the waste management perspective is the amount of development that’s occurred in the past half century, particularly in the Southeastern and Gulf Coast areas of the country, where severe weather events coupled with sea level storm surges present increasing challenges. If, as is postulated by a number of studies, sea level rise—some suggesting as much as 50 feet by the end of the century—is on the horizon, the impact on waste facilities and practices will be severely stressed, requiring overhaul and massive investment.
Coastal or interior, our ability to do with the aftermath of disaster events will need attention and is a concern MSW Management intends to address on a regular basis. Your thoughts on the matter will be deeply appreciated.