Thursday, April 6, 2017

Is Lake O bill a go?

Controversial reservoir bill clears budget committee

Senate President Joe Negron's proposal would buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. HANNAH SCHWAB/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Wochit

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A bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee cleared the Florida Senate budget committee Wednesday, its final stop before a full Senate vote. Eleventh-hour amendments by Senate President Joe Negron added provisions to help train displaced agricultural workers and boost economic development in the Glades area south of the lake.

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Louisiana's race to save coast hits speed bumps

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Louisiana's battle with coastal erosion got a boost under the outgoing Obama administration, but the state recently learned it will take at least another five years of permit reviews before construction can begin. The longer the state waits, the more expensive restoration will be, officials say.

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Interactive water-quality map at your fingertips

USGS

In a first of its kind, the U.S. Geological Survey's newly released interactive map taps into four decades of monitoring data to measure the health of the nation's rivers and streams between the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act and 2012.

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