Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Messy situation

Did Irma, wet year raise Everglades pollution levels?

Fishing guide and Audubon Florida Everglades research manager Pete Frezza visted Florida Bay at the end of September and found large rafts of dead seagrass. This week, he discovered algae blooms covering much of the Central Bay. (PEDRO PORTAL pportal@miamiherald.com)

Miami Herald

Miami Herald, TCPalm & Okeechobee News

Water flowing into Everglades National Park during the wettest rainy season on record, along with a powerful hurricane, exceeded phosphorus limits, the South Florida Water Management District reported. It’s likely the elevated phosphorus will be written off as a byproduct of so much rain and not a lapse in cleanup efforts. Although the state is in the midst of a $16 billion plumbing system upgrade that includes an additional reservoir at Lake Okeechobee, this year’s extreme weather is testing the limits of the system.

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Hurricane Harvey odds to rise to nearly 1 in 5

Los Angeles Times & NPR

So much for the storm of the century. A new study published Monday in PNAS suggests that massive hurricanes like Harvey are expected to strike Houston and Texas with much greater frequency in the future than they do now. Why? Blame our changing climate. According to the study, the odds of Harvey-like rains in Texas will jump from a once in a 100-year event at the end of the 20th century to a once in 5.5 year occurrence at the end of the 21st century.

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Wastewater treatment tech market on the rise

Water Technology

The volumes of wastewater — as well as the market for industrial water treatment technologies — are expected to rise, according to a new report from U.N. World Water Assessment Programme. The report discusses water reuse as a reliable alternative source of freshwater, "shifting the paradigm of wastewater management from 'disposal' to 'reuse and resource recovery.' "

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