Thursday, April 7, 2016

Restoration inflation

Cost of Everglades projects could double to $16 billion

The Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge was completed in December 2013. The bridge was constructed as part of the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park Project and will enable additional water to flow into Everglades National Park.

Miami Herald

Restoring Florida's Everglades is getting expensive. In a five-year update from the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, federal officials estimated that the cost of the massive restoration effort launched in 2000 and expected to cost $8 billion has doubled to $16.4 billion. And that’s in today’s dollars. Much of that is due to inflation, although changes in design and the addition of some projects also drove up costs, according to the report.


SAWS's underground water reaches new heights

San Antonio Express-News

Thanks to a wet winter and spring, the San Antonio Water System’s underground water bank in South Bexar County is storing more water than ever before. The volume of water recently passed 100,000 acre-feet, or about 33 billion gallons. That’s enough to fill about 333 Alamodomes and nearly half of the almost 70 billion gallons SAWS distributed to all its customers in 2014.


Miami businesses aim to adapt to rising seas

E&E Publishing

The seas might be rising, but business continues to boom in South Florida, where local governments already plan to spend billions of dollars adapting to climate change. The message was clear from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce last week: Learn not just how to live with water, but how to profit from it.

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