Most of us are now familiar with the sound: a high-pitched whir that grabs your attention and makes you crane your neck toward the sky. Whether it’s your neighbor kid’s toy, a photographer at a sporting event, or a professional on a job site – there’s no denying the power of drones. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than 770,000 drone registrations have been filed in the past 15 months – and more are added daily. On a commercial level, drones are being used for everything from real estate photography to avalanche control at ski areas. Their biggest benefit?
The end of a disaster is often just the beginning. Once the storm abates, the smoke clears, and the dust settles, the recovery process begins. In addition to the billions of dollars in property loss and the deep personal loss that many people endure, there are often unseen environmental impacts that have to be mitigated.
For years it was nicknamed “the invisible river.” At best, the Jordan River was known as being neglected, its banks overgrown, its water polluted. At worst, it had a reputation for being a place no one wanted to touch – a river full of old shopping carts, trash, wastewater, and the occasional car or even dead body. For decades, managers of the river have faced a problem that’s twofold: 1) How do we improve the ecological condition of the river?