Thursday, March 10, 2016

Staffing boost

Florida gets 10 new employees to enforce water rules

FDACS

TC Palm

Florida lawmakers have added more money to the state budget to increase staffing and ensure farmers reduce pollution flowing from their land under a new law Gov. Rick Scott signed in January. The state's new employees will help the DEP implement a controversial water bill the Legislature passed in January that changes how the state regulates farm runoff into Lake Okeechobee. The House and Senate are scheduled to pass $82.3 billion state budget Friday.

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Water top-ranked industry in southeast Louisiana

HoumaToday.com

Water management surpassed oil and gas as the leading job industry in southeast Louisiana in 2015, according to a new analysis released by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition. Now the largest industry in southeast Louisiana, water management accounts for nearly 32,000 jobs as of 2015, more than the maritime, hospitality and oil and gas industries, the report says.

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Why isn’t Texas ready for the next big hurricane?

ProPublica and Texas Tribune

Houston’s perfect storm is coming — and scientists say it’s not a matter of if but when. Many hoped Hurricane Ike’s 2008 near miss would spur action to protect the region but hopes for swift, decisive action have foundered as scientists, local officials and politicians have argued and pointed fingers at one another. Only in the past two years have studies launched to determine how best to proceed.

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