Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Down the drain

Rethinking New Orleans' approach to flood control

Street flooding in New Orleans on Saturday, August 5, 2017. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)


Times-Picayune & CNN

New Orleans, still reeling from revelations that its drainage system was crippled when torrential rains targeted neighborhoods Aug. 5, has been here before. It will be here again. The crisis resurrected a painful truth exposed every time a heavy rainstorm soaks the city. Flooding is inevitable. But does it have to be? "We can’t pump our way out of this thing,” said David Waggonner, an environmental planner and architect, before Saturday’s storm. For now, New Orleans is teetering on a ledge.


North vs. south in Lake Okeechobee algae bloom


Yes, rainwater runoff from Martin County is helping feed an algae bloom in Florida's Lake Okeechobee. No, that water from the C-44 Canal has not been the primary source of nutrients feeding the bloom. In fact, the C-44 did not send as much runoff into the lake as did farmland south of the lake, according to data from the South Florida Water Management District. And therein lies the dispute: north vs. south water flow.


Georgia draws allies in water wars against Florida

Sunshine State News &

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a key player in Florida's decades-old legal fight with Georgia over water flow in the Apalachicola River, has weighed into the pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court against Florida's request that the agency stay neutral. Meanwhile, a once-banned water conservation method — aquifer storage and recovery — is gaining traction as a way to quench the state's growing population and development demands.