Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flood of concern

Pollution worry over Lake Okeechobee pumping

Emergency pumping to avoid Everglades flooding in Broward County by sending water north into Lake Okeechobee ended Wednesday. (Sun Sentinel)

Sun Sentinel

Sun Sentinel, WGCU News Fort Myers & TCPalm

Emergency pumping into Lake Okeechobee has ended, lessening South Florida flooding risks but creating a water pollution threat that could eventually spread to coastal waters. Concerns about rising waters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties last month triggered emergency pumping south into Everglades National Park and north into Lake O. The south draining continues, while water levels have dropped enough to stop the pumping into the lake.

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Texas gets a cool, new $14 million pump station

Houston Chronicle

For the first time since its inception, the Gulf Coast Water Authority has to replace a pump station to secure a vital supply of cooling water to big industrial facilities lined up along Galveston Bay, from the island to Texas City. Built in 1948, this is the youngest of GCWA's pump stations. It fed up to 45 million gallons of Brazos River water a day to plants run by Dow Chemical Co., Marathon Petroleum Corp., Eastman Chemical Co. and Valero Energy.

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Rising waters menace more than land in Louisiana

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Since Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, nearly 10 percent of Lafourche Parish's population has left its southernmost end that is flood-prone and vulnerable to storm surges. People are moving away from the parish, and much of the vibrant Cajun culture that defines the state goes with them. "Our culture is dying," said Louise St. Pierre, who lives in Lafourche Parish. "It's not like it was."

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