Thursday, March 17, 2016

$250 million pledge

Fla. Legislature earmarks funds for Everglades, springs

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Miami Herald

Florida legislators sent a message to voters that they are committed to funding the ailing Everglades ecosystem and polluted springs and passed legislation that will carve out at least $250 million a year for those purposes for the next 20 years. The bill, known as the Legacy Florida Act, builds on Amendment 1, which voters approved by a 75 percent margin in 2014, by earmarking a portion of that money to be spent on the state’s most fragile ecosystems.

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Study: Fertilizers pose long-term threat to water

UPI

Even if farmers stopped using nitrogen fertilizers today, levels of dangerous nitrates in rivers and lakes would remain high for decades, researchers report. Scientists analyzed more than 2,000 soil samples from the Mississippi River Basin and found an accumulation of nitrogen. Nitrates in drinking water pose a number of health risks, they added.

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Miami Beach prioritizes sea-level rise battle

Miami Herald

A mile-long stretch of road in Miami Beach that has become ground zero for South Florida’s problems with sea-level rise could get a new seawall and an anti-flooding pump over the next two years. Miami Beach and the Florida Department of Transportation are working out an agreement to split the anticipated $25 million it will take to safeguard the low-lying stretch of Indian Creek Drive.

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