Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Bay of hope

Farm bills aim to give Chesapeake funding a big boost

A satellite image of the Chesapeake Bay (lower) and Delaware Bay (upper) in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Image courtesy of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, from Flickr's Creative Commons)


Daily Press & Baltimore Brew

Federal funding to restore the Chesapeake Bay has declined and is under threat in Washington today, but could get a big boost under bipartisan bills just introduced in Congress. The Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017 would triple the amount of conservation funds available for the bay and other regions from $100 million to $300 million, increase mandatory funding for the bay and enhance ag conservation efforts.


Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia vs. Florida

Atlanta-Journal Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final round of arguments in an increasingly expensive legal fight that has raged for decades. Georgia lawyers hope to use the showdown to convince the high court to confirm a major legal victory in February, when a special master urged the justices to reject Florida’s call for strict new water consumption limits.


New York toxic algae blooms: A tale of 2 lakes

Syracuse.com & Daily Messenger

The toxic algae bloom in Skaneateles Lake that began more than two months ago is over, and health officials have ended testing for algae toxins. Daily testing began when the bloom was confirmed Sept. 18, and was reduced to twice a week in late October as the bloom faded. Meanwhile, scientists grapple with algae in Finger Lakes.