Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Florida DEP approves Lake O reservoir project plan

Lake Okeechobee reservoir project tracker (Photo: South Florida Water Management District)



The Florida Department of Environmental Protection gave its blessing Monday to the reservoir project designed to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges. The 12-page order said the project submitted by the South Florida Water Management District will meet water supply and quality criteria as well as habitat needs. The order also said the reservoir and stormwater treatment area will sufficiently clean excess Lake O water before sending it south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.


Feds can intervene in Texas-N.M. water dispute

Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can intervene in a water case pitting Texas against New Mexico and Colorado. Justice Neil Gorsuch writing for the court Monday said the federal government must be allowed to meet its federal water commitments involving one of North America's longest rivers. Those obligations include an international agreement with Mexico and the decades-old Rio Grande Compact.


Louisiana poll says a lot about coastal erosion


Many Louisiana residents are concerned about coastal land loss, but less than half of the respondents to a statewide poll believe climate change plays a role — and many do not think climate change is real at all. The poll, conducted by Lucid as part of the "Our Drowning Coast" special report, also found that nearly half were not aware of the state's $50 billion master plan to restore and protect the coast.