Thursday, April 13, 2017

Troubled waters

Gulf Coast rivers top endangered waters list

The Mobile River Basin includes every stream in Alabama that flows into Mobile Bay.

National Geographic

Water is life, yet climate change and certain public policies may be endangering its future in America, a nonprofit group warns in a new report. The Mobile Bay Rivers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, as well as the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, were among the top five on the annual list. The most endangered river in the country? The Lower Colorado River in Arizona, California and Nevada.


Senate OKs Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill


The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. The bill now goes to the House, where critics decry Senate President Joe Negron's plan to store water that currently gets discharged to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. Supporters, however, back the plan to send that stored water into the Everglades and Florida Bay. There's also a bill coming that would put the feds on the hook for the discharges.


Louisiana struggles to ID water risk in small towns

The Advocate

State officials are unsure just how many of the aging 1,366 small town water systems are having problems or need updating — Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the state’s health officer, estimates about 400 — but they’re struggling to find out.