Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

'Water wars' deadline

Lawyer gives Fla. and Ga. until Jan. 24 to settle dispute

Gainesville Times

A Jan. 24 deadline has been set for Georgia and Florida to try again to settle a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over water consumption in a basin the two states share. Ralph I. Lancaster, the Maine lawyer tapped by the Supreme Court to preside over the protracted “water wars,” also said the states need to submit a confidential memorandum to him by Jan. 26 “setting forth a summary of the parties’ settlement efforts.”


Feds decide on operating plan for Rio Grande

Associated Press

Federal officials have signed off on a plan that spells out how the Rio Grande will be allocated and delivered to users in southern New Mexico and Texas over the next three decades. The Bureau of Reclamation announced that accounting and operation of the system will continue as it has for the past several years.


EPA makes $1B available for water projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program. EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects.