Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017


Water managers are still dealing with Irma rainfall

A ranger wades through the closed-off entrance road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park on Thursday, Oct. 5. The site along Tamiami Trial is experiencing flooding due to the water-saturated ground left by Hurricane Irma.

Miami Herald

WLRN Miami & TC Palm

Excess water from Hurricane Irma is still making its way through Florida, exacerbating the significant water management challenges the state has faced this rainy season. Water storage areas are filled to capacity, like Lake Okeechobee, which is just now closing in on its maximum post-Irma level. Water levels are near the benchmark at which the Army Corps says erosion could threaten the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. That benchmark is 18 feet.


EPA Houston Superfund site plan faces opposition

Houston Chronicle & Circle of Blue

Cheered by environmental and public health groups, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a $115 million cleanup plan for the San Jacinto waste pits, one of the Houston-area Superfund sites that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The agency’s plan for the 34-acre site faces hurdles, however. The two companies responsible for the cost of cleanup oppose the decision, preferring a cheaper option that leaves contaminated soils in place.


Researchers propose an open 'internet of water'


Where did the water coming out of your tap come from? How is it filtered and purified? How much does it cost the city and state per gallon to deliver? How can they improve that? These questions come naturally as fresh water becomes more and more valuable a resource — and we need a shared, open 'internet of water' to answer them, researchers from Duke University and the Aspen Institute say.