Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Algae rocks the vote

Fla.'s toxic blooms an election issue for Clinton, Trump

Foul-smelling algae along the St. Lucie River in July.  JOE RAEDLE

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BuzzFeed News

During the final stretch of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have found themselves stumping on an environmental issue: Florida's toxic algae. Both candidates have tried to weave the algae into very different narratives each is telling about the state of the country. For Trump, the algae is a consequence of deteriorating infrastructure. For Clinton, the bloom is an environmental crisis that, like climate change, the government must head off.


Ala. sides with Fla. against Ga. in water wars

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alabama, not surprisingly, is throwing its legal weight behind Florida in an attempt to keep Georgia from using too much of the Chattahoochee River. A trial is set to begin Monday — Halloween — in Portland, Maine to determine whether Georgia, metro Atlanta in particular, hogs the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers to the environmental and economic detriment of downstream Florida.


EPA provides $14 million for La. water projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant of more than $14.6 million to fund clean-water projects in the state. The grant goes to the state’s Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund , which provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure.

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