Thursday, May 5, 2016

Everglades funding

Senate panel approves $1 billion for water projects

Sun Sentinel

Nearly $1 billion could be headed from Washington to the Everglades under a bill approved by a U.S. Senate panel. Some of the money would go to a $2 billion project that would send more water south from Lake Okeechobee through Everglades National Park. The project is designed to both restore Everglades wetlands and also divert water from flowing to the west and east, where it picks up agricultural runoff filled with nitrogen and other pollutants.


Flood-related spill risks subject of debate in Texas

El Paso Times

Scores of photographs taken by state emergency-management officials show that when floodwaters rise in Texas, they inundate oil wells and fracking sites, sweeping crude and chemicals into rivers. Texas' regulator, the Railroad Commission of Texas, contends that it has responded effectively to the spills but scientists worry that harmful substances could threaten drinking-water supplies


Resettling the first American ‘climate refugees’

New York Times

In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change. One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change.

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