Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Water wars

Supreme Court justices hear arguments in Florida v. Georgia and Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado

 (U.S. Supreme Court building seen in May 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Paul Sableman.

Paul Sableman

Jurist, SCOTUSblog & NPR

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two original jurisdiction cases concerning state disputes over water rights and allocation. In the first case, the court heard arguments concerning water rights to the Rio Grande River. Texas filed the original complaint against New Mexico and Colorado, alleging the states are violating water allocation provisions under the 1938 Rio Grande compact. The second case, Florida v. Georgia, concerns a dispute over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.


Louisiana crafts water-quality trading rules & Louisiana DEQ

Louisiana polluters having a tough time meeting water-quality standards may soon be able to buy their way into compliance. The state is crafting a credit trading program that would allow a factory, farm or sewer plant to offset its pollution by purchasing credits from another entity that has reduced its foul output. Known as "water-quality credit trading" by backers, the idea is increasingly popular with states seeking an incentive-based approach to tackling water pollution. This month, the state Department of Environmental Quality begins the formal process of developing the credit trading program. A public meeting is set for Jan. 23 in Baton Rouge.


Lake Okeechobee not lone cause of algae

Palm Beach Post

Lake Okeechobee is not the lone culprit in the recurring algae blooms that plague Treasure Coast waterways, but an accomplice aided by thousands of nitrogen-spewing septic tanks, according to a recently published FAU study. A Florida Atlantic University paper that appeared in the journal Harmful Algae, says that algae in freshwater lake discharges grows exponentially when it reaches the St. Lucie Estuary because of heavy nitrogen levels in the waterway.