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  • Hi Abtin, While we use chemicals to control fire ants (we live near Houston), many of our neighbors have reported good success using dish soap. This may also help to get rid of the rafts by destroying the surface tension I am sure they rely on to float. ...

  • Thanks for your response. Unfortunately the fire ants don't drown easily. They create a raft and can float on water for days. ------------------------------ Abtin Shahrokh ...

  • Thanks for your recommendation, I'll certainly look into it. ------------------------------ Abtin Shahrokh Hamedani Ph.D., A.M.ASCE San Antonio TX ------------------------------

  • Beneficial nematodes. ------------------------------ Robert Thomas EIT, A.M.ASCE Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) Waxahachie TX ------------------------------

  • The periodic flooding doesn't drown them out? Close the bottom orifice for a couple storms? ------------------------------ Ann Wingert P.E., M.ASCE Project Engineer Stroudsburg PA ------------------------------

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  • Hi everyone, I'd like to ask if anyone has experience with fire ants in bioretention cells and how to control it? We are monitoring water quality and hydraulic performance of multiple bioretention cells and one of them is infested with fire ants. ...

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  • Hi Glenn, Great to see you continuing to pursue new ways to interact with our profession! LEED is a great tool. Unfortunately, I cannot speak to all that LEED has to offer, or how/if ASCE is using it. I am curious if you have looked into Envision? It ...

  • Dear Glenn, congratulations on your new credentials as LEED Green Associate! As an academic, our CE curriculum at Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia; ABET-accredited program) includes a capstone design experience in the last semester (X semester ...

  • Dear ASCE/EWRI Members, I've recently completed study and earned LEED Green Associate credentials from the US Green Building Council. There is a considerable amount of material in the LEED principles that intersects with the civil engineering discipline ...

  • And, yet, engineers continue to work on ways to clean up the ocean gyres. In days gone by, no one thought going to the Moon, let alone Mars, would ever be possible. Decades later, who would have thought a palm-sized electronic device would hold ...

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  • COPRI Free Webinar

    Join COPRI's Coastal Engineering Sciences Committee on December 15 from 12-1 PM EST for our next FREE Lunch & Learn. Dr. Amanda Tritinger from USACE's Engineering With Nature program presents, "The Engineering With Nature Program: An innovative USACE research and application initiative."
  • Roundtable discussion hosted by ICSI

    There will also be a discussion at COP26 presenting the recent collaborative partnership between NOAA and ASCE that is related to the discussion hosted by ICSI.

    To learn more about the partnership between NOAA, ASCE and the University of Maryland, you can tune into a virtual panel discussion at COP26 on Tuesday, November 9, from 1 PM to 2 PM ET/ 6 PM to 7 PM GMT. The panel, Building Better Together: Partnerships to Advance Climate Resilience, will include NOAA's Rick Spinrad, as well as representatives from ASCE, non-profit partners and the engineering industry. It will be moderated by the University of Maryland's Bilal Ayyub. The NOAA-hosted panel will be live-streamed on the official COP26 U.S. Center YouTube channel. Go online for a full schedule of events and panels at the U.S. Center at COP26.
  • Fellowships for HydroLearn Virtual Watershed and Hackathon

    HydroLearn, an NSF-sponsored project, is pleased to invite hydrology and water resources instructors to participate in the HydroLearn 2021 Virtual Workshop and hackathon to be held during July 12 - 16 & 19 – 21. The workshop is based on applying research-based pedagogical approaches to the collaborative development of active learning content for teaching hydrology and water resources courses.  Participants receive a $3,000 fellowship and are expected to work with other instructors to develop a HydroLearn module to use in their own teaching.  Participants will use the HydroLearn online platform ( to collaboratively develop and share new undergraduate and entry-level graduate course material.

    Following a "hackathon" approach, the workshop will start with training on the development of content for HydroLearn and the research-based pedagogical approaches it uses, followed by collaborative work in small groups (2 to 3) on module development with the goal to complete the development of modules that each fellow could use in their own teaching at their home institution. 

    See the full workshop announcement, and link to apply, at  Application deadline is May 14, 2021.  You can learn more about the 2020 HydroLearn Hackathon and the modules that were developed by 30 participating faculty members  

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