Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

It's complicated

Feds, Fla. debate who is responsible for water quality

Rick Bartleson, a water quality scientist with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, plants sea grass in the Caloosahatchee River earlier this year. ANDREW WEST

News-Press

News-Press

Federal and state agencies are bickering over who is responsible for Florida's water quality. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is essentially telling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up Everglades restoration projects. The Corps says it needs a state partner. That partner would have to be the South Florida Water Management District, but officials there say part of the problem is the Fish and Wildlife Service. If it sounds complicated, that's because it is.

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Fort Worth finds lead in school drinking water

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Fort Worth school district is replacing hundreds of drinking fountains after testing this summer found unsafe levels of lead in the water. The lead was found in a certain style of fountain that allows water to sit as it is chilled, which lets lead leach into and contaminate the water. District officials said they don’t believe any children were in any danger during the school year.

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Study: Feral hogs contaminating Louisiana water

Louisiana Sportsman

Feral hogs have long been known as an invasive, disease-carrying scourge on the Louisiana landscape. But a study conducted last summer by the LSU Ag Center’s School of Renewable Natural Resources shows an alarming correlation between feral hogs and the presence of a multitude of pathogens including E. coli, leptospirosis and salmonellosis in water bodies in Central Louisiana.

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