Record setting rains that fell on Sunday in Texas and Oklahoma are still wreaking havoc as flooding continues in the region. The storms dumped enough water that the rivers and creek banks were not able to contain all of the wet weather flow. Runoff peaked as late as Monday in these areas causing the National Weather Service to advise of continued flooding threats.
The Obama administration is expected to announce a new Clean Water Rule later this week which will allow governmental regulation of smaller bodies of water than it currently can. The E.P.A. and Army Corps of Engineers first jointly proposed this rule known as Waters of the U.S., under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The E.P.A has held more than 400 public meetings with outside groups and read over one million public comments while finalizing the language. Despite strong support from environmentalists, the new rule already faces fierce opposition.
This summer the world's highest and longest glass-bottom bridge, located in Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is going to be completed and it will connect two massive cliffs.