Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Courtroom tussle

Miss.-Tenn. dispute could expand water rights law

The Sparta-Memphis Sand Aquifer lies beneath Mississippi and Tennessee, land east of the Mississippi River that is shown in this Landsat image. Mississippi’s lawsuit against Tennessee is the first lawsuit over a shared aquifer to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Sometime in the next few months, lawyers for the state of Mississippi will stand before a U.S. Supreme Court-appointed legal expert, clear their throats, and argue that Tennessee, a neighbor, is stealing water. However it is decided, the courtroom tussle breaks new legal ground and more. It is the first time the Supreme Court has considered a lawsuit that involves the use and distribution of groundwater reserves that lie beneath multiple state boundaries.

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Hurricane Matthew to trigger storm surge

USA Today

Hurricane Matthew poses threats in a number of ways to Florida coastal areas with high winds and heavy rains a near certainty. But the biggest threat Matthew poses may be storm surge. How much storm surge the Florida coastline receives as Hurricane Matthew approaches is wildly variable depending upon how close the center comes to it, experts say.

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EPA launches study of WWTP nutrient pollution

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Nutrient pollution has reached an alarming intensity in many of the nation’s waterways, including Florida where algae blooms prompted a state of emergency declaration. Despite the urgency, the EPA lacks basic information for understanding the problem and recognizing potential solutions. To bridge the knowledge gap, the EPA is developing a national census of wastewater treatment facilities.

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