Wednesday, May 17, 2017

$50 billion, 50 years

Louisiana Senate committee OKs coastal master plan

St. Bernard Parish inside the level system near the MRGO Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Times-Picayune

Times-Picayune

A Louisiana Senate committee last week approved the state's $50 billion, 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. It also approved the fiscal year 2018 budget for the plan, which is the biggest restoration investment in its history. There may be one project, however, that could undermine such progress: a coal company deal.

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Florida governor makes Lake O plan official

News-Press and Florida Politics

Even as Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday aimed at building a controversial Lake Okeechobee reservoir that should help ease freshwater discharges to the Caloosahatchee River, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto was already on the move with plans to protect the Kissimmee River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Houston set for $3 billion water project

Houston Chronicle

After decades of public meetings and engineering consultations, environmental-impact studies and design proposals, a solution is in the works on a massive scale: a $3 billion, three-part chain of infrastructure projects to carry water more than 40 miles westward from the Trinity River and provide a lifeline to the northern region and burgeoning suburbs from Spring to Tomball to Katy.

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