Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Water fights

Flood of interstate battles could swamp Supreme Court

E&E Publishing

Major decisions about how water is allocated among states are increasingly being made by the Supreme Court, a development some see as an alarming trend. With climate change, population growth and drought ravaging the West, what was a trickle of cases has become a steady stream. These cases — like the ones between Texas and New Mexico, Florida and Georgia — are raising concerns about whether it's best to leave water-allocation decisions to the justices.


USDA invests $30M in Miss. River Basin water


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million this year in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin. These projects reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to waters that eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico.


Program pours $19M into Florida water projects


Through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has allotted nearly $19 million for improvements to eight eligible local drinking water systems across the state. The funds will allow these drinking water system operators to update water infrastructure and improve drinking water quality.

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