Thursday, March 16, 2017

Water bill expands

Price of Fla. Senate's plan jumps from $1.2B to $3.3B

An aerial photo shows blue-green algae enveloping an area along the St. Lucie River in Stuart, June 29, 2016 GREG LOVETT

Palm Beach Post

Miami Herald

A Florida Senate plan to bond $1.2 billion in funds to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee grew to become a $3.3 billion bonding program that would fund dozens of water projects around the state — all in an attempt to win wider approval for the top priority of Senate President Joe Negron. Despite the modifications, the 5-1 vote of the Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee for SB 10 was closer than it appeared.

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Study: Louisiana's coastal future 'very grim'

The Advocate

Louisiana's sinking coastal marshes face a net sea-level rise of about a half-inch per year, four times the global average, according to a study published by Tulane University scientists. "In the Mississippi delta, there are a number of sites that seem to be doing OK," Tulane geology professor Torbjörn E. Törnqvist said. But the farther west one goes, "it becomes very grim," he said.

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Engineers give infrastructure a near-failing grade

CNBC

America's infrastructure is close to failing. That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which has released its 2017 infrastructure report card, giving the nation's overall infrastructure a grade of D+. Since 1998, grades have been near failing and averaging only D's, due to "delayed maintenance" and "under investment across most categories." ► STATE-BY-STATE GRADES

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