Thursday, April 28, 2016

Water war resumes

Florida, Alabama senators renew battle with Georgia

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Montgomery Advertiser

An interstate battle over water resources re-emerged in Congress when senators from Alabama and Florida teamed up against Georgia to protect downstream water levels in shared river basins. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., joined Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions to insert language into a government funding bill requiring all three states to agree on changes in allocations of water from the two river systems they share.

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Study: Brackish groundwater holds promise

Phys.org

Development of brackish groundwater in the United States, if carried out responsibly, can augment supplies and relieve growing stress on freshwater resources, according to an issue brief from Rice University. Allowing the current system of groundwater governance to control this resource is a missed opportunity to facilitate the expansion of water supply, the report stated.

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Gulf land restoration showing progress

Public Radio International

A 50-year, $50 billion plan is under way to rebuild as much as 33,000 acres of wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta. But questions about funding the project remain unresolved and even if the plan is fully implemented, the delta will be far smaller than it used to be. Nevertheless, a lot has already been achieved, says Paul Kemp, a Louisiana State University researcher.

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