Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Harvey vs. Katrina

History shows bacteria, chemical risks after the floods

A street in Orange, Texas, on September 6, a week after Hurricane Harvey hit. (SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES)

Newsweek

Newsweek & Business Insider

Even before Hurricane Harvey finished hammering Houston, doctors were concerned about the potential impact of floodwater or its residue on city residents. Floodwater not only carries debris but is easily contaminated with oil, sewage, chemicals and pathogens trapped in the soil. After Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, germs were a major problem. But there are some differences between Katrina and Harvey, and their aftermaths, that shed light on how flooding recovery works.

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DEP budget targets Treasure Coast water quality

TCPalm & News-press.com

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection budget request for fiscal year 2018-19 includes about $95 million to improve Treasure Coast water quality. In all, DEP is seeking $305.8 million for Everglades restoration projects. Included in the request is $64 million for the proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to help alleviate discharges. The South Florida Water Management District had proposed a $758 million budget.

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Louisiana on alert for invasive species with app

NOLA.com & USGS

Hurricane Harvey flushed thousands of people from their homes in southeast Texas. It might also have flushed common carp, Asian clams and a flower called the crested floating-heart across the Texas boarder into Louisiana. That's the premise behind a new U.S. Geological Survey app to track invasive species. It assumes that Harvey's floodwaters created news pathways by which aquatic species could move from one body of water to another.

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