Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ports and Earmarks

The popular Web site Politico on the dilemmas for ports of the Congressional ban on earmarks, including a good discussion from from the American Association of Port Authority’s Kurt Nagle.

“While earmarks might be a thing of the past, they still have their defenders, especially if they’re related to infrastructure.

Nagle said it’s unfair to compare port earmarks to the nefarious ones that overshadowed previous discussions of the issue. Port projects had to go through multiple layers of cost-benefit and other studies before they could be approved for an earmark, Nagle said. ‘They’re significantly different than the primary target of the earmark debate,’ he said.”

Chattanooga Transforming Itself

Chattanooga, Tenn., first city in the U.S. to have fiber-optic broadband, is rebranding itself as “Gig City.”

And part of its transformation involves “smart river” moves.

“The city is also deploying 6000 sensors to monitor everything from the uptake and usage of its bicycle rental scheme to the water quality in the Tennessee River.

‘”We ship a lot of chlorine up and down our river on barges, so we are testing out a chlorine sniffer that just smells the air and detects whether there are any chlorine leaks on the barges,’ Keil says.”