Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Harvey help

Texas announces $1 billion for flood mitigation efforts

In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, debris lies on the ground at Copano Cove in Rockport, Texas, from Hurricane Harvey. (Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times)


Associated Press & Houston Chronicle

Texas communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey will be able to apply for more than $1 billion in federal funds, Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week. The funding can be used by cities and counties to pay for a variety of projects, including buyouts and elevations of homes. Meanwhile, a group of Texas lawmakers warned Thursday that although the state came out well with a $89.3 billion disaster relief package, there is still work to be done.


Task force OKs 6 Louisiana restoration projects


The federal-state Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act task force announced Thursday that it has approved spending $62 million to begin engineering and design work on four projects and to move two projects into construction. What makes this vote unique is that it was held electronically, on Feb. 9, due to the government shutdown.


Why Everglades restoration is losing to sea rise

Palm Beach Post & TCPalm

The iconic fauna of Florida’s river of grass once thrived in a nourishing overflow from Lake Okeechobee, and is included in Everglades restoration efforts to undo some of man’s meddling in the state’s natural plumbing system. But the multibillion-dollar plan didn’t consider the impacts of sea level rise, a problem revealed in a new study by Florida International University scientists who say rising oceans are outpacing restoration.