Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

'D' is for dismal

Mississippi River basin's report card earns low grade


Washington Post

In a first-of-its-kind study, the American Watershed Initiative gave the Mississippi River basin its first report card — and it probably won’t be going up on the fridge. After five years of research, meetings, and symposiums to analyze the basin’s water supply, transportation, flood control, economy, recreation, and ecosystem health – the Initiative gave an overall grade of D+, concluding that increased funding is needed to better manage the watershed.


Florida lawmakers try again on state water policy

Palm Beach Post

Florida lawmakers appear closer to patching up differences on new statewide water policies which failed to advance earlier this year. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli told reporters last week that talks were well under way to solve “minor technical hang-ups.” Days later, measures dealing with the issue were filed in both chambers.


New questions face San Antonio water pipeline

Texas Tribune

Nearly a year after the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved what could be the most expensive water project in the region's history, some council members appear to be having doubts after new concerns arose this month. Among them, research suggesting that pumping such a huge amount of water could seriously impact the overall condition of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

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