Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oversight fight

Florida water managers: End Everglades consent order

In 1992, Florida agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted water flowing from farm fields, like this sugar field photographed in 2008, in a consent decree that called for the state to clean up the water. The state now wants to terminate the decree and says most of the water is clean and construction on clean-up projects on schedule. Environmentalists disagree. CHARLES TRAINOR JR

Miami Herald

Miami Herald

A quarter-century after Florida promised to clean up polluted farm water fouling the Everglades in a historic federal court order, water managers say its time to end the judicial oversight. The South Florida Water Management District asked the U.S. Department of Justice to agree to terminate a consent order struck to end a bitter legal battle over dirty water flowing off sugarcane fields and into Everglades National Park and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Project aims to assess Texas water management

Boston University

Boston University and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation announced a series of studies to assess how Texas' siloed municipal water agencies can transition to an Integrated Urban Water Management model. The structure would increase water use efficiency in urban environments, revitalize aging infrastructure, and preserve freshwater inflow to the major bays and estuaries.

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Dolphins present hurdle to Louisiana coast plan

New Orleans Advocate

When asked to list the major hurdles facing Louisiana’s 50-year plan to rebuild its coast, state officials have pointed to a menu of truly massive challenges, from rapidly rising seas to finding the money for the $92 billion effort. But their most complicated challenge may come from something only about 6 to 8 feet long: the bottlenose dolphin, a much-loved native resident of Louisiana’s coast and bays.

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