Wednesday, July 26, 2017

High water

Scientists warn sea level rise is accelerating in Florida

Florida flooded: what the state may look like in decades to come. (NASA)



In dozens of locations along the Florida's 1,350-mile coastline, sea level rise is no longer an esoteric discussion. It's happening now and is forecast to worsen over the next 20 to 30 years. After decades of almost imperceptible increases, the sea began rising faster about 30 years ago, said William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now, NOAA reports sea levels are rising along parts of the Florida coast by more than a third of an inch every year.


New Orleans official: Lead threats in tap water


The New Orleans inspector general says the city hasn't adequately warned residents that ongoing street repairs and water system improvements could result in temporarily high lead levels in some buildings' tap water. Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux's latest report says some old city water lines — and lines on private properties — are made of lead, which can affect the brain and nervous system when ingested.


Cross-border water sharing complicated, pricey

West Virginia Public Broadcasting & Albuquerque Journal

There's one thing that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border everyday, although you can't always see it: water. The Mesilla Bolson aquifer runs south of Las Cruces, N.M, to just northwest of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While there are laws regulating the appropriation of international river water, such as the Rio Grande, the same can't be said for groundwater. This five-part series takes a deep dive into this complex, and expensive, issue.