Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Deep thoughts

New Everglades fix calls for flushing water underground

South Florida water managers are now considering a plan that would flush water deep underground to keep water levels in Lake Okeechobee from getting too high. The pumping would help protect the aging dike and prevent polluted lake releases from polluting the coasts, but waste water needed in South Florida to restore the wilted Everglades. ROBERTO KOLTUN

El Nuevo Herald

Miami Herald

A new plan is emerging in the political calculus over Everglades restoration: Rather than store, treat and move water into South Florida’s parched Everglades, water managers are now considering flushing millions of gallons deep underground near Lake Okeechobee. The injection wells would help control the level of water in the lake during the rainy season, protect its aging dike and eliminate the need to flush dirty lake water to either coast.

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USGS: Ground, and aquifers, dropping in Texas

Associated Press & U.S. Geological Survey

The USGS says the extensive use of water pumped from underground in recent decades has caused the ground in Southeast Texas to drop in at least one location by nearly 4 feet. The agency says in a report that water use has caused aquifers to drop dramatically in some places. The Houston-Galveston area represents one of the largest areas of land subsidence in the United States.

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Emergency declaration could pay off for La. coast

New Orleans Times-Picayune

The 2017 version of Louisiana's master plan for coastal protection and restoration is about to be delivered to the Legislature, but concerns remain that the state still has not identified long-term funding. Now state officials and non-governmental partners are exploring the idea of having President Donald Trump declare the state's coastal land loss a national emergency.

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