Thursday, March 30, 2017

Numbers crunch

No money for Lake O reservoir in Florida House budget

PATRICK DOVE

TC Palm

TC Palm

The Florida House of Representatives wants to cut land conservation funding and, as expected, not fund a reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges, according to its proposed environmental budget released Tuesday. The budget also would reduce Everglades and springs restoration funding compared with what the Legislature allocated last year. However, the House would boost funding to get homeowners off septic tanks, which can pollute waterways.

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Louisiana governor lobbies for $50B coastal plan

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged the state Legislature to approve the 2017 update of the state's $50 billion, 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. He also backs the $644 million annual plan that provides a budget for master plan projects. "We are in a race against time to save our coast, and it is time we make bold decisions now," Edwards said.

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Water conference at MSU fosters collaboration

Mississippi State University

About 200 participants gathered this week for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference at Mississippi State University. The conference focused on “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and Watersheds.” The event highlighted how water poses some of the world’s most complex scientific and social challenges.

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