Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Ripple effect

Texas water case win for ranchers is loss for cities

The Dow chemical plant along the Brazos River in Freeport, Texas.  MICHAEL STRAVATO

Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court handed a victory to farmers and other longstanding water rights holders by declining to take up a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles. Denying a state petition for review, the justices left in place a ruling that said Texas cannot give special treatment to cities or power generators over more “senior” water rights holders on parched rivers. The ruling could play a major role during future droughts.


Florida mayors urge action on water discharges


Mayors and activists from Southwest Florida came to Capitol Hill on Monday with a simple message for the federal government: Protect the region by increasing water discharges from Lake Okeechobee south instead of west. Polluted water rushing down the Caloosahatchee River from the lake has tainted the river and waters along some beaches, threatening the region’s ecology and economy.


Baton Rouge starts recruiting for Water Campus

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

As work begins to ramp up on the Baton Rouge Water Campus, local and state economic leaders are compiling a list of assets available in the area as a tool to recruit businesses to the riverfront research park. Researchers from LSU, other institutions and private companies will study coastal erosion and sustainability when construction on the 35-acre campus is completed.

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