Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

'Water war' trial begins

Fla. hammers Ga. during second day of testimony

Florida and Georgia are now fighting in a Maine courtroom over water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Florida, which accuses Georgia of hoarding the water at the expense of the Sunshine State’s economy and the Apalachicola River’s ecosystem, is making its case this week. During the week after next, Georgia will be able to put forward its case and rebuttal before a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee the case. BRANT SANDERLIN


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Florida hammered Georgia on Tuesday over its alleged hoarding of Flint River water to the detriment of a parched Sunshine State during the “water war” trial ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Florida, which is suing Georgia to gain an “equitable apportionment” of water from the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers, unspooled its case during the second day of testimony. Georgia is expected to present its case, and rebuttal, the week after next.


'Exceptional drought' tightens grip on Deep South

Associated Press

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters call "exceptional drought" — are in the mountains of northeast Alabama. The drought has spread across 13 southern states, including Texas and Florida.


EPA gives Texas water research $3.9 million boost

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. EPA recently awarded over $3.9 million to the University of Texas at Austin, to develop a center for sustainable water infrastructure modeling research. The Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management will use open source water infrastructure models while sharing green infrastructure tools and research with local communities and stakeholders.

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