Thursday, May 4, 2017

78 billion gallons

Compromise yields Everglades gift: cleaner water

An aerial image shows the St. Lucie River, the Indian River Lagoon, Hutchinson Island and the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 16, 2017, in Martin County. (Leah Voss/Treasure Coast Newspapers)


Miami Herald and TCPalm

Months of negotiation and compromise over whether to build a deep-water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee ended in victory Tuesday for Senate President Joe Negron as the Florida House agreed to the Senate plan. Gov. Rick Scott says he intends to sign the bill. The House passed the measure 99-19, after it reduced the amount the state could bond for the project to $800 million, and the measure was then passed by the Senate 33-0.


Keep tabs on Texas reservoirs with this app

Texas Tribune

Rains have lifted much of Texas out of drought conditions. And the state's reservoirs are not far behind. Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's Water Data for Texas site, this map visualizes the current state of Texas’ reservoirs. The map automatically updates daily with new data, with each icon representing an individual reservoir.


Southeast farmers worry over drought and rain

Southeast Farm Press and USDA

Some Alabama farmers were waiting on rain while farmers in Tennessee and North Carolina were hoping the rain would ease, as drought and flooding combined to hinder the start to the Southeast row crop season. About 90 percent of Alabama was officially in drought as May rolled in. Corn is a major concern while cotton and peanut planting in Florida is progressing slowly.