Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Risky business

Everglades flooding poses a pollution risk to Lake O

On a tour with the South Florida Water Management District, an aerial view of Stormwater Treatment Area 1 East (STA-1E) is seen on March 24, 2017, in Palm Beach County. (LEAH VOSS/TCPALM)

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Sun Sentinel & TCPalm

Emergency pumping to ease Everglades flooding could end up worsening pollution in Lake Okeechobee. Western Broward and Miami-Dade counties are already filling up with too much water too fast. That has triggered extra pumping to save swamped wildlife and to also head off future risks for western communities. The emergency pumping is moving water north — the opposite direction that South Florida’s water supply is supposed to flow.

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$15 million pledge to restore Louisiana coasts

Times-Picayune & Reuters

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition will get $15 million over two years to continue supporting Louisiana's coastal master plan restoration projects, the Walton Family Foundation announced Monday. The groups are to use the money to address sea level rise and advance priority restoration projects and programs in Louisiana's recently updated coastal master plan, many of which have target construction dates of 2020.

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U.S. mayors may shape national climate policy

AP, Miami Herald & New York Times

With the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. Also at the conference, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg rolled out a $200 million philanthropic program for inventive city policies.

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