Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

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$61 billion Harvey plan includes 'Ike Dike,' buyouts

A boat floats in an apartment complex off Rayford Road flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 11,000 apartments were rented in the Houston region between the end of August and the end of September. That is typically the amount rented in an entire year. Apartment demand has continued in October. (Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle, Texas Tribune & Weather.com

A nearly $61 billion state plan to rebuild Houston and the Texas coast after Hurricane Harvey includes funding for three "coastal spines" to control flooding, new reservoirs and buyouts of thousands of properties. Gov. Greg Abbott and top Texas leaders briefed top Washington officials and the Texas legislative delegation Tuesday afternoon on the previously undisclosed plan. Much of the funding would go to the Houston area.

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'Willing sellers' offer land for Lake O reservoir

TCPalm & SFWMD

Planning for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee got into the weeds Monday, with some early details on how big the facility and the canals leading to it will have to be. Officials from the South Florida Water Management District supplied details from some preliminary modeling for the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir. The project is intended to reduce harmful lake discharges.

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Rebuilding wetlands as key climate change tactic

NOLA.com & Nature Geoscience

In addition to buffering Louisiana's coast from storms, land built by river deltas acts as a carbon sink by trapping carbon dioxide in soil, according to a recent study published in Nature Geoscience. But along the state's eroding coast, land building like that of the Wax Lake Delta is a rarity.

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