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CEE in the media, during and after Harvey

The faculty, students and staff in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been working overtime, since before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and throughout the ordeal. Here’s a rundown of how they were covered in the media.

Houston Officials Consider How To Prevent Future Floods After Harvey: rebuild in flood plains or restore wetlands?
Jim Blackburn, Professor in the Practice with the Department of Civil & Environmental engineering discusses strategy with NPR's host, Kelly McEvers.
NPR, Wed., Sept. 13, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma stir debate on development
A USA Today editorial quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, on how Houston can prepare for future storms. In other articles he also comments on the low number of deaths from Tropical Storm Harvey.
USA Today, September 7, 2017

Luck helped tackling Harvey 
Lessons form other storms make a big difference in the way Houston handles Harvey.
Times Union, September 6, 2017

 Harvey swept hazardous mercury ashore. The mystery: Its source.
Liquid mercury appears to have washed ashore east of Houston in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. Qilin Li, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
New York Times, September 6, 2017

 Relatively low Harvey death toll is 'astounding' to experts
Fox News (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 300 other media outlets.)
September 6, 2017

Orange Co. opens temporary morgue for Harvey victims
Beaumont Enterprise, September 6, 2017

Harvey and the future of energy 
E&E News, September 5, 2017 

Will climate change make storms more severe?
Houston Chronicle, September 5, 2017 (subscription required) 

 Climate change experts weigh in on why Houston flooded during Hurricane Harvey
Texas Monthly, September 5, 2017 

As Harvey’s floodwaters recede, how should Houston Rebuild? 
YaleEnvironment 360, September 5, 2017  

Rice University students test water for E. coli
USA Today, September 4, 2017 

After closing for Harvey, the nation’s recon-largest refinery is set to reopen
Marketplace.org, September 4, 2017

OPINION: Don't blame Houston’s lack of zoning for Harvey flooding
The Hill, September 3, 2017  

‘Your eyes start itching’: Pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks
The Guardian, September 2, 2017  

 What Harvey says about risk, climate and resilience
The Conversation, September 1, 2017  

3 Reasons Houston Was A 'Sitting Duck' For Harvey Flooding
National Public Radio, August 31, 2017  

 Harvey’s wrath: $55B worth of Houston commercial real estate may be under water
The Real Deal, August 31, 2017  

 Harvey highlights how climate is changing
Houston Chronicle, August 31, 2017 (subscription required)  

 Harvey has morphed into a multi-pronged environmental disaster
New Republic, August 31, 2017  

 Oil refineries in Hurricane Harvey’s path are polluting Latino and low-income neighborhoods
Quartz Media, August 30, 2017  

 Why Houston is so prone to devastating floods
Huffington Post, August 29, 2017  

 Harvey’s ‘unprecedented’ rainfall and flooding are ‘only getting worse’
Huffington Post, August 27, 2017