Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Decision time

Ga.-Fla. water fight now in hands of special master

Special master Ralph Lancaster

Pierce Atwood LLP

Associated Press

A monthlong trial aimed at settling a high-stakes water dispute between Georgia and Florida ended with a special master imploring both sides to negotiate a settlement. Special master Ralph Lancaster reminded both parties that there’s much to be lost. “Please settle this blasted thing,” Lancaster said. “I can guarantee you that at least one of you is going to be unhappy with my recommendation — and perhaps both of you.”

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Finalists named for $1M nitrogen reduction prize

Times-Picayune

Tulane University has selected five organizations as finalists for its $1 million Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge prize aimed at finding better ways to reduce the use of nitrogen on farmland. The end goal is to fight hypoxia, a low-oxygen condition that creates annual springtime "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico and in other water bodies around the world.

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Storms fail to pull Alabama out of severe drought

AL.com

The line of strong, deadly storms that moved through Alabama did little to alleviate the state's long-running drought, according to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor. All of Alabama is now considered to be in a state of severe drought or worse, up from 97.87 percent in the previous update. Almost 97 percent of the state is considered to be in extreme drought.

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