Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Green with algae

Lake Okeechobee bloom renews pollution concerns

Green algae covers the sand near Evan's Crary Bridge over the St. Lucie River in Florida. (acqui Thurlow-Lippisch)

Palm Beach Post

Sun Sentinel & WMFE Orlando

An algae bloom spreading across Lake Okeechobee is raising concerns about pollution left over from emergency pumping and worries that the outbreak could eventually spread to the coast. Last summer, an algae bloom that started on Lake Okeechobee spread through lake water draining to the east coast — fueling a toxic, green ooze that fouled waters near Stuart.


Wetland audit clouds Louisiana coastal plan


A critical new report released by the Louisiana legislative auditor's office took a hard look at the Atchafalaya Basin Program. The report not only exposes irregular contracting practices, but also illustrates the kinds of public-private challenges that Louisiana might encounter in the future as it moves forward with its $50 billion coastal master plan.


West Texas: Where oil, water and lawsuits mix

Houston Chronicle & Motley Fool

West Texas land baron and oilman Dan Allen Hughes Jr. plans to pump 5.4 million gallons of water a day from an aquifer under his ranch and pipe it to the most bountiful U.S. oil field, the Permian Basin. But Hughes has run into a wall of opposition from farmers, residents and environmentalists.