Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Sinking state

Louisiana scrambles as seas rise and coast dwindles

Property and homes are for sale along the Louisiana coastline where residents elevate buildings to protect from flooding, May 23, 2017, in Cocodrie, Louisiana. The Louisiana coastline has lost more than 1500 square miles in the past 50 years. (Ann Hermes)


Christian Science Monitor & Geographical

Faced with a multipronged assault of environmental changes combining to wash away Louisiana’s coastline at an unprecedented rate, state officials and local communities are absorbed in nothing less than an existential struggle against an increasingly hostile and proximate ocean. Indeed, the science has become hard for officials to ignore. The state is losing about a football field of land every hour due to a combination of subsidence, sea level rise, and human development.


Northern inflows blamed for Lake O algae bloom

Florida Politics & WPEC West Palm Beach

Scientists working for the South Florida Water Management District presented findings Thursday pointing to inflows north of Lake Okeechobee as the source of nutrients causing recent algae blooms in the lake. The results show runoff from north of the lake, due to high rain levels and the warm temperature, was the principal cause of the bloom.


Controversial Texas water line to oil field OK'd

A West Texas board unanimously approved an oilman's contentious new project to drill into a desert aquifer, build a 60-mile pipeline and ship 5.4 million gallons of water a day to the heart of the nation’s most prolific oil field, the Permian Basin, to feed fracking operations. Ranchers, residents and environmentalists have protested the application vigorously, with some promising to file suit to stop the project.