Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Flood of concern

Another $50 million to fix Lake Okeechobee dike

A bird's-eye view of construction along the Caloosahatchee River near the West Basin Storage Reservoir on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News)

Naples Daily News

News-Press, Orlando Sentinel & NPR

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a plan Monday to put another $50 million in state money toward repairs to the crumbling, federally managed dike along Lake Okeechobee. Scott made his announcement after the president agreed last week to speed up repairs of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The recent hurricanes have made the dike project more urgent, pushing the lake's levels well above its maximum 15.5 feet and prompting freshwater discharges that ruined delicate estuaries along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.


How a 672,000 gallon oil spill was nearly invisible

New York Times

About 672,000 gallons of oil spilled when a pipeline fractured about a mile below the ocean’s surface this month in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Venice, La., which is about 65 miles south of New Orleans. Here's the weird part: Hardly any of it was visible. Aside from a few areas with a light sheen on the surface of the ocean, the oil seemed to have completely disappeared, and it was not expected to affect the shoreline. How is this possible?


Wipes swirl down drain and end up in federal court

Texas Public Radio, Kimberly-Clark & NACWA

Companies that once just made baby wipes now sell wet wipes in all shapes and sizes, and some are categorized as "flushable." As soon as those wipes go down the drain, though, controversy bubbles up. As many wastewater treatment plant operators know, those wipes can combine with grease, creating "fatbergs" that clog up pipes. The wipes industry says its products meet "flushability" standards, but now that claim will have its day in court.