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Everglades farmers cheer another clean water year

The Florda Everglades (Florida Politics)

Florida Politics

Florida Politics, Sunshine State News & TCPalm

Extending a two-decade record for Everglades restoration south of Lake Okeechobee, a group of farmers has posted historic water-quality levels in 2017, sending more clean water than ever flowing south. Seizing on South Florida Water Management District's data, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers are celebrating their role by delivering more clean water to the Everglades. Adding to the jubilation is the extra $50 million that the district just approved to speed up lake repairs.

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High stakes in Texas vs. N.M. suit over Rio Grande

New Mexico Political Report

From Colorado to Mexico, communities siphon and spread water from the Rio Grande. For about a century, every drop of that water has been divvied up among cities and farmers. However, in January, Texas and New Mexico will take their long-running spat over the Rio Grande to the Supreme Court. If New Mexico loses, not only will its farmers take a hit, so will the state budget. Already, New Mexico has spent about $15 million on the case.

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After Harvey, worry over landfill plan by floodplain

Texas Tribune

Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Harvey's supercharged rainfall inundated ultra-polluted Superfund sites in and around Houston, triggering the leak of hazardous waste. Now, 300 miles south, near Laredo, a company's efforts to develop a landfill in close proximity to a 100-year floodplain is drawing fresh concerns in light of the environmental problems that emerged in Harvey's wake.

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