Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Focus on water funding

Florida governor expected to sign bill as soon as today

Lake Okeechobee, including the C-44 Canal reservoir in Martin County, is shown in this picture. ERIC HASERT

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With a controversial water policy bill headed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's desk, some are now focusing on finding enough money in the state budget to enforce the new law and to carry on restoration projects. Environmentalists and Senate President-elect Joe Negron, R-Stuart, will lobby for more money for Everglades restoration, water farming and more employees to inspect whether farmers are complying with regulations. Scott is expected to sign the bill today.

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Texas takes on groundbreaking landfill project

Phys.org

Cities, counties and countries have spent decades covering trash with intricate layers of liners and soil in landfills as the best way to protect groundwater and eventually reclaim usable green space. Now University of Texas at Arlington engineers are asking whether that refuse should be dug up to recycle it or convert it to energy through modern processes designed to boost methane production in landfills.

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USDA initiative targets 3 Mississippi watersheds

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a water quality initiative that will offer financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers in three Mississippi watersheds. The department says that its voluntary program is designed to provide cleaner water to neighboring residents. Applications for program funding during fiscal year 2016 must be received by March 18.

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