Use flood gates to control storm water

first_imgWithout any prior drawdown, all of it simply flowed over the Gilboa Dam and surged northward down the Schoharie Valley. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 20 bil-gal, sufficient for controlling the 1996 flood. Its influence on controlling larger floods remains to be studied.In August 2011, the flood input was perhaps 48 bil-gal. Again, the Gilboa Dam was overwhelmed, while the water level in the Schoharie Reservoir rose to a record height, about 1,137 feet above sea level.With the progress of changing climate and the prospect of even larger floods, it seems that flood gates become a necessity for assuring the survival of the Gilboa Dam.Apart from any flood-control advantage, flood gates can nullify the potential overpressure of a super flood by simply allowing excess storm water to pass through the dam without increasing the level of the Schoharie Reservoir.William AlbersGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI found Richard Moody’s Nov. 6 letter correct with regard to the missed benefit of flood gates in the Gilboa Dam during the January 1996 flood.My evaluation of the same situation also assumed a prior drawdown of 12 billion gallons, roughly the average drawdown Moody suggested.Allowing a steady 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) discharge to exit through flood gates, I found that the remainder of the flood input to the Schoharie Reservoir merely refilled the void left by the drawdown and never topped the dam.I believe that with only a 24 billion-gallon (bil-gal) drawdown from the Schoharie Reservoir, the Schoharie Creek would have remained within its banks. Downstream communities like Middleburgh and the village of Schoharie would have escaped serious flooding. The total flood input to the Schoharie Reservoir in 1996 was 24 bil-gal.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 14

first_imgMoney for old canal, but not pensioners?Three hundred million dollars for an imagined tourist attraction through the state (“Cuomo rolls out $300M plan to ‘reimagine’ Erie Canal” Jan. 10 Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna).Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone out on a limb in an attempt to bring tourism to New York state in the form of $300 million to improve and draw people to what is basically an abandoned ditch, running across the state —the New York State Canal System.By the governor’s own words, he is appointing a reimagine task force to try to turn this ditch into something useful.Three hundred million dollars for the benefit of a few pleasure boaters. Wouldn’t it be nice if our governor could see past this expensive and dubiously successful tourism idea and address the real problems of this state?First and foremost, the state’s responsibility to the pensioners of St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, who have lost all or part of their pensions due to the erroneous, state-mandated closing of this much-needed and respected hospital.These people just need a small part of that $300 million to return the money to them that they are owed. These people need this money now; the canal can wait.I hope everyone who was ever treated at St. Clare’s Hospital will contact the governor’s office and express their outrage at his failure to use his resources and influence to resolve this ongoing, state-caused problem.Kenneth BensonCharltonLazarus poem not part of local LibertyI keep reading letters about the siting of Schenectady’s Statue of Liberty, hoping to find somebody who claims that his or her own thoughts and beliefs about “liberty” came while they were driving past a statue. But it seems that only other people are supposed to acquire their convictions in this ultra-efficient way.I also look, so far in vain, for some mention of the Emma Lazarus poem, attached to the statue in New York Harbor, but by some oversight omitted from our replica, welcoming “tired” and “poor” immigrants.Wayne SomersDelansonTurning right on red is too dangerousRegarding Louise Farnum’s Jan. 12 letter (“Right on red isn’t mandatory, so chill”), I have to say that this law in particular is one of the worst laws in the state.I sympathize with her plight of dealing with too many people being in such a hurry that they harass other drivers with their inconsideration.Every single day of driving since that law was enacted, I’ve been cut off, given the finger, and mouthed profanities by people turning right on red without stopping. I’ve had to hit my own brakes in order to evade these idiots, which by the way, come in all shapes, sizes and styles of vehicle. I believe road rage on city streets is worse than that on the highways.As Ms. Farnum’s letter stated, turning on red isn’t mandatory.It’s a convenience but should only be done after a thorough look-see to the left. The general public isn’t trained to gauge the speed of oncoming vehicles. This also includes yielding to cyclists approaching the intersection.People also forget to look for oncoming left turning vehicles that have been given the green arrow. I especially hate those drivers turning right on red out of Mohawk Commons.I don’t claim to be the best driver at all times. There have been instances where I’ve made serious mistakes. Having lost a parent at a young age to a car crash has affected my view. Right on red is one law I wish could be rescinded.Patricia PytlovanyGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDo friendships reflect acceptance?I don’t know whether this still applies today, but a basic Google search shows George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were close friends. Another search shows the Clintons attended one of Donald Trump’s weddings.Some questions: Was Bush OK with Clinton’s many bad qualities? Was Clinton OK with Bush’s many bad qualities?Did the Clintons know about Trump’s many bad qualities, and were they not bothered by them too much? Was Trump OK with the Clintons’ many bad qualities?It’s hard to say anything positive about either of these.Colin YunickCharltonlast_img read more

Centres of conflict

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IoD launches £500m assault on serviced office market

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Pillar secures massive pre-let

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GLA to block Brent Cross extension

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Stannifer joins rival in Glasgow turnaround

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Arlington puts limited partnership plans on ice

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Hercules gets even stronger

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Five killed at brewery in another US mass shooting

first_img“A wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors brewing company plant, taking the lives of five people, a number of people wounded, some badly wounded,” Trump said at a press conference on the new coronavirus.US media including ABC News and the local Fox affiliate reported the shooter had been fired earlier in the day from the beer giant, which owns the Coors and Miller brands.The local CBS affiliate said the shooter appeared to have stolen the nametag of another employee, then returned to the office complex with a gun. But The New York Times quoted Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat whose district includes Milwaukee, as saying the gunman was an employee who was in uniform. A view of a sign above one of the Molson Coors campus buildings following a shooting on February 26, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ( AFP/Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)Company restructuringMolson Coors, a Canadian-US company, said it was working with the police department, adding: “Our top priority is our employees.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted the husband of a brewery employee, Lasonya Ragdales, as saying she was informed by the company of an active shooter on the premises, and was texting him while locked in a room with co-workers.Nearby schools were also placed on lockdown.Known until last year as MillerCoors, the brewer announced in October that it would undergo a large restructuring and officially changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing Co.It also moved its North American headquarters office from Denver to Chicago and shifted hundreds of corporate office jobs to Milwaukee.The company was expected to cut 400 to 500 jobs throughout the organization during the restructuring.The scene of the shooting is known locally as the “old Miller” brewing company, Morales said.It was the latest in a long list of gun-related violence in the US, which saw a record 417 mass shootings in 2019, according to the research group Gun Violence Archive.Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in on the latest case.”May we find the strength and will to act against gun violence, and never accept the unacceptable,” said Pete Buttigieg.”I’m devastated for the victims, and my heart is with their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy. We shouldn’t have to live with this constant horror and grief. We need to act now to end the gun violence epidemic,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. Topics : News reports said the gunman was an employee.Mayor Tom Barrett said five other people, all workers at the facility, were killed.”This is an unspeakable tragedy for our city,” Barrett said at the same press conference. President Donald Trump earlier gave the first official word of the toll.center_img A gunman killed five employees of one of America’s best-known breweries on Wednesday before turning the weapon on himself in the latest burst of mass gun violence in the US.More than 1,000 employees were at the Molson Coors brewing complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when the early-afternoon tragedy occurred, the city’s police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters. He said officers found the suspect, a 51-year-old local man, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.last_img read more