Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ruffled feathers

Florida algae fight leads to flap over endangered birds


Sun Sentinel

Protecting endangered birds shouldn't get in the way of stopping toxic algae blooms, warns South Florida's top water official. A state plan to hold more water north of Lake Okeechobee could help reduce draining lake water to the east and west coasts, where it is fueling toxic algae blooms. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns that storing that water north of the lake also threatens 10 nests of endangered Everglades snail kites.


Texas, N.M. water fight heads to Supreme Court

Associated Press

The nation's highest court will likely have to settle a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of Rio Grande water. Officials in both states have been waiting for nearly a year for a recommendation on the handling of the case that could dramatically curb groundwater pumping in some of New Mexico's most fertile valleys and force the state to pay as much as $1 billion in damages.


Study: Perennials would cut nutrient runoff to Gulf

A new study shows that an increase in perennial bioenergy grasses throughout the Corn Belt would lead to a significant reduction in nitrogen moving down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. The study used computer models to simulate how various levels of perennial grasses might affect the level of nutrient runoff from Midwestern farmland.

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