Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Everglades earmark

Lawmakers want up to $200M annually for 20 years


Miami Herald

After Florida lawmakers drew bad publicity last year for failing to devote Amendment 1 funds exclusively to land and water conservation, a House committee last week approved a measure that not only attempts to repair their record but aims to repair decades of damage to the Everglades. The Legacy Florida Act requires the state to set aside 25 percent of Amendment 1 funds to fund Everglades restoration projects over the next 20 years.


House committee considers Texas water grid

Austin American-Statesman

Anticipating a continuing tug of war over water — increasingly scarce in mostly dry, fast-growing Texas — a state House committee is examining the prospect of a statewide water grid. But such a proposal — attacked as a “gridzilla” by the coalition of environmental and rural interests last session — is already facing some skepticism.


Ga.'s water wars with Fla., Ala. may soon be over

WTVM Atlanta

Georgia's water wars with Florida and Alabama may soon be over. In an interview with WTVM Atlanta, Judson Turner, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division director, revealed that the state supports more water in Lake Lanier and West Point, but will approve lower river levels in Atlanta. The decision affects every river user from rafters in Georgia to oyster eaters in Florida.

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