Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Drop off

Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie to be cut back

Brown water, rainfall runoff from western Martin and St. Lucie counties, and Lake Okeechobee discharges, is seen in the Indian River Lagoon and flowing out into the ocean on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, along Martin and St. Lucie counties.(Photo: ERIC HASERT/TCPALM)


TCPalm & Palm Beach Post

Two days after the Army Corps of Engineers announced significant cutbacks to Lake Okeechobee discharges, the 100 billionth gallon of water discharged from the lake since mid-September poured into the St. Lucie River. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Corps has been trying to manage the historic increase in water. Meanwhile, at the opening of a new "flow equalization basin," Florida Gov. Rick Scott made another push for his $1.7 billion environmental budget request.


Supreme Court sets a date for Florida vs. Georgia

Atlanta-Journal Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final round of arguments in an increasingly expensive legal fight that has raged for decades. Georgia lawyers hope to use the showdown to convince the high court to confirm a major legal victory in February, when a special master urged the justices to reject Florida’s call for strict new water consumption limits.


White House hurricane aid request falls short

New York Times & E&E News

The White House asked Congress on Friday for $44 billion in additional relief in response to this year’s devastating hurricanes, but facing rising budget deficits and pushing a tax cut that could cost $1.5 trillion, the administration also suggested that lawmakers make spending cuts to offset disaster costs. To put that in perspective, Texas had originally requested $61 billion alone.