DAA Weekly Reading List: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Upheld, Girls in Construction, and Sheep

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What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too!

Chesapeake TMDL Program Upheld 

abstract-waves CropOn July 6, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld the Chesapeake Bay TMDL program implemented by the EPA to reduce water pollution in local streams and rivers. The plaintiffs, partially led by the American Farm Bureau Federation and largely located in Midwestern states outside of the Chesapeake region, “argued that plan infringed upon states’ authority to regulate their own waterways,” but the appeals court upheld Congress and the EPA by stating that “Congress made a judgment in the Clean Water Act that the states and the EPA could, working together, best allocate the benefits and burdens of lowering pollution.” Read more about the ruling at the Washington Post or read the decision here.

Giving Girls the Power(tools)

Girl Construction Crop“Construction is for everyone” is the theme backing Virginia Western Community College’s three-day camp “Girls in Construction.” The three-day camp for girls in grades 7-12 allows young women to test out hands-on construction techniques, explore blueprint design and AutoCAD modeling, and learn how to use a 3-D printer. The girls are even building a shed to placed at a Habitat for Humanity Home that will be built in October during an all-women build.  In such a male-dominated field, VWCC’s camp is allowing women to explore the different fields of construction in an open and accessible environment. To hear some of the young women’s perspectives on the camp, check out WDBJ and Virginia First.

Sheep’s Eye View

Finally, for some light summer viewing: Google Sheep View. Created by Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos who started the project in 2015 (year of the sheep), the website is an attempt to catalog screenshots of all the sheep captured on Google Street View. Our favorite page at Draper Aden is the “Outtakes” which shows all screenshots of what submitters hoped were sheep but turned out to be heaps of hay…or a goat…or one of Australia’s many sheep statues, for there are, in Australia, many (or at least two) large statues of sheep.

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