Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rivers in peril

Chattahoochee-Apalachicola-Flint River Basin tops endangered list; tri-state water war cited as reason

Flint Riverkeeper

Times of Gainesville

Outdated water management and rising demand has placed the Chattahoochee-Apalachicola-Flint River Basin in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, of which Lake Lanier is an integral part, at the top of the country’s most endangered list, according to the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group American Rivers. In a report released last week, the group urges the three states to complete a water-sharing agreement to improve management of the critical resource.

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Delaware Supreme Court nixes stormwater rules

News Journal

State environmental officials enacted emergency interim stormwater regulations Friday afternoon in the wake of the state Supreme Court decision upholding a 2015 Superior Court ruling that the agency ignored the law when it enacted new stormwater- and sediment-control regulations.

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Enforcement could hasten Chesapeake cleanup

Chesapeake Bay Journal

As hundreds of millions of dollars get poured annually into the 33-year effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, with progress still lagging in many places, some suggest that state and federal authorities are neglecting an essential tool — one that might reduce the cost and hasten the recovery of the beleaguered estuary. “The most important thing is to hold people accountable when they don’t do what they said they were going to do,” contended Rena Steinzor, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

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