Thursday, March 24, 2016

Funding fight

Obama proposal reduces Gulf Coast restoration budget

Oyster grass was planted along the canals in Rockefeller Refuge to prevent coastal erosion from boat waves.

USA Today

Manship School News Service

If the Obama administration’s budget proposal passes, the Gulf Coast will lose a significant chunk of its federal conservation funding, just on the eve of what would have been financial windfall for restoration efforts. According to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, this loss of funding would cause annual flood damage to increase from an average of $2.4 billion annually to an average of approximately $23.4 billion.


Texas scientists go to White House water summit

Austin American-Statesman

Scientists from the University of Texas and Texas A&M University were among dozens of researchers participating in a White House summit on World Water Day to showcase their work. UT scientists are developing a national flood model to improve flood forecasting and Texas A&M is developing a water-energy-food nexus initiative, meant to get at knotty issues at the intersection of basic needs.


Study: Many value conservation, few take action

Science Daily

In a new study, University of Florida researchers sought to identify characteristics of so-called "high-water users" based on residents' perceived importance of plentiful water and their water conservation behaviors. Some people in the survey said they understand the need to conserve water, they just don't feel personally responsible citing numerous "barriers."

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