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Aerial Photographs of Historic Texas Floods Reveal Dinosaur Tracks on Blanco River

Following the catastrophic Memorial Day flooding on the Blanco River in Blanco, Comal, and Hays Counties, the USGS flew the length of the river taking hundreds of handheld geo-located oblique photographs along the way. These photographs, available at the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) Explorer website, graphically tell the tale of historic destruction caused by the 500+ year flood event a few weeks ago. They also revealed tracks left around 110 million years ago. While reviewing the photographs from a stretch of river above the City of Blanco, AmaTerra archeologist and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager, Joel Butler noted a series of linear indentations in limestone bedro

The Clean Water Rule and You...

The Clean Water Act (CWA) protects the nation’s waters; a CWA permit is needed for activities that would pollute or destroy them. For many of our clients, this means a Section 10 or a Section 404 permit, often in the form of a nationwide or general permit, though some activities require an Individual Permit. The district offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issues these permits. What does the new Clean Water Rule mean for our clients, moving forward? Since the Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, there has been confusion about the limits of jurisdiction of the CWA; what constitutes a “water of the U.S.” and what the impacts of a proposed activity might be from a regulator

'BING!' "That's Our Stop!" AmaTerra to Provide CR Services for Dallas Area Rap

(photo credit: Deborah Dobson-Brown) AmaTerra Environmental, Inc. will serve as an extension to the HDR/HNTB team in providing cultural resources expertise to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) technical staff under the recently awarded General Planning Consultant Contract VI (GPC). The GPC VI contract has been awarded for a three-year duration with two, one-year extensions. DART’s goals include assessing the potential for historic resources within DART’s current and future areas of potential effect to quickly and effectively account for resources and manage any potential impacts within the purview of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Protection Act, and the A

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