Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Google's hot water issue

No Southern hospitality for S.C. center's pumping needs

An aerial view of Google's data center in Berkeley County. (Wade Spees/Post and Courier

Post and Courier

NPR, WCSC Charleston, Post and Courier

When Google built a data center in South Carolina a decade ago, it brought jobs. But it also created a high demand for water to cool down its servers. It already has the right to pump up to a half-million gallons a day. Now, it wants 1.5 million more gallons. That request does not sit well with some environmentalists and lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has asked the state for a delay while local leaders on Monday moved Google's plan ahead.


‘Dead rivers, closed beaches’ in Long Island

New York Times

Great South Bay, flanked by Fire Island and the South Shore of Long Island, once produced half the shellfish consumed in the United States, and supported 6,000 jobs in the early 1970s. Since then, the health of the bay has declined. The sweeping water legislation that passed in April hopes to deal with the aging infrastructure, but many fear the issues have gone on too long and it's simply not enough.


Fish boost Chesapeake Bay health grade to C


Boosted by stronger fish populations, the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay improved some last year, but Monday's annual report card says there is still a long way to go. Scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science gave the bay 54 percent in the 2016 Chesapeake Bay Health Index, compared to 53 percent in 2015 and 50 percent in 2014.