Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Master plan?

Trump budget kills offshore oil revenue sharing for Gulf

A boat makes its way up the Barataria Waterway in 2010 as Lousisiana's eroding wetlands are visible in the background. (Photo by G. Andrew Boyd, The Times-Picayune archive)

Times-Picayune

Times-Picayune

Even as the House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works moved the updated coastal master plan to the House floor, substantial funding for Louisiana's historic $50 billion coastal restoration and hurricane protection plan may not come through. That's because President Trump's proposed budget calls for repealing the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act that state officials have counted on to provide up to $140 million a year for the plan.

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Interbasin water transfer rules tighter in Texas

Texas Water Journal

A new report finds the statute that governs interbasin water transfers in Texas is stricter than the regulations in place in other western states. These laws are designed to balance the protection of the basin of origin with public interest. The authors suggest that lawmakers examine similar statutes in other states to see if they might help Texas reevaluate its own regulatory framework.

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NOAA dive tool lets you 'swim' these sanctuaries

The Verge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just launched a virtual dive gallery that allows you to visit five national marine sanctuaries with your phone, laptop, or VR headset. The project provides a scuba diver’s view of American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, Gray's Reef off Georgia, and Thunder Bay in Lake Huron.

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