Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Up for debate

Florida Senate begins weighing Negron's water plan

Florida Senate

News Service of Florida

Florida already has enough land for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee, the head of the South Florida Water Management District said Wednesday as lawmakers began to ponder a $2.4 billion water redirection proposal intended to reduce toxic algae blooms on the east and west coasts. Senate President Joe Negron's ambitious plan aims to buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee in an effort to reduce polluted lake discharges into waterways.


Alabama threatens to sue in tri-state ‘water wars’

Gainesville Times

Alabama, long just an interested party in a water-sharing legal dispute between Georgia and Florida, is suggesting it might pursue “further litigation” in a longstanding “water wars” between the three states. A court order on Jan. 3 urging Georgia and Florida to consider interbasin transfers in settlement talks has Alabama worried that “interbasin” potentially could involve Alabama waters.


Houston unveils new flood-prevention plan

In a move that represents a major shift in Houston’s approach to improving drainage and mitigating flooding, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the formation of the Storm Water Action Team. The team will work proactively to reduce drainage problems that are not directly attributed to overflow from bayous, which are under the control of the Harris County Flood Control District.