Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Water wars ruling

Court sides with Georgia over Florida in legal fight

A woman checks the size of the oysters from Apalachicola Bay in northern Florida in 2010. The state’s Apalachicola oyster industry collapsed in 2012. Florida contends decreased water flows in the Apalachicola River, due to Georgia’s water use, led to the collapse. A special master overseeing the dispute between Florida and Georgia noted in his report, published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, the following: “There is little question that Florida has suffered harm from decreased flows in the (Apalachicola) River.” WALTER MICHOT

Miami Herald

News Service of Florida

In a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River. Ralph Lancaster, a Maine lawyer appointed by the nation’s highest court to oversee the case, said Florida has not proven “by clear and convincing evidence” that imposing a cap on Georgia’s water use “would provide a material benefit to Florida.”

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Texas wins round in water battle with New Mexico

Abilene Reporter-News

New Mexico should be more inclined to negotiate with Texas after a recent ruling in an epic lawsuit over water in the Rio Grande, a Texas official said. If, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court ratifies an interim report submitted last week, New Mexico could be on the hook for billions of gallons of water it’s accused of shorting Texas since the signing of the Rio Grande Compact in 1938.

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Study: River diversions may change water quality

USGS

River diversions are a common coastal wetland restoration tool, but recent research, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with Louisiana State University researchers and the LSU AgCenter, has shown that large-scale Mississippi River diversions may significantly change water quality in estuaries, affecting economically important shellfish and fish species.

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