Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Waiting game

Florida Everglades reservoir project could take years

An aerial view of land proposed for a reservoir to store excess Lake Okeechobee water is seen March 24, 2017. (Leah Voss/TCPalm)

TCPalm

Sun Sentinel & TCPalm

After receiving legislative approval last spring, a massive Florida reservoir intended to help shift water south from Lake Okeechobee could be years away from reality. A big factor in the timeline is waiting for the federal government approval of its half of the roughly $1.6 billion project, the South Florida Water Management District said during a meeting last week with the House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee.

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Supreme Court rules on WOTUS suit jurisdiction

Washington Examiner

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that challenges to the Waters of the United States rule must be filed in federal district courts, as opposed to the federal appeals courts. The ruling does not weigh in on the merits of the 2015 water rule, which vastly expanded the definition of a waterway that can be regulated by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Land water storage study finds discrepancies

University of Texas

Research led by The University of Texas has found that calculations of water storage in many river basins from commonly used global computer models differ markedly from independent storage estimates from GRACE satellites. The study raises questions about global models that have been used in recent years to help assess water resources and potentially influence management decisions.

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