Thursday, April 9, 2015

Water rights fight

Court ruling in Texas cuts state's power in droughts

The Dow chemical plant along the Brazos River in Freeport, Texas. MICHAEL STRAVATO

Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune

A state appeals court has sided with longstanding water rights holders in a case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas. Upholding a lower court’s ruling, the 13th Court of Appeals ruled that Texas cannot give special treatment to cities or power generators over more “senior” water rights holders on parched rivers – even if the state declares it necessary to protect the “public health, safety and welfare.”


Miami Beach rises to challenge of high sea level

E&E Publishing

In Miami Beach, Fla., flooding is not unusual. Vehicle owners are accustomed to getting stuck in traffic when floods turn streets into shallow canals. To cope with the sea-level-rise-related flooding, the city is changing its coastline. In the next five years, 70 to 80 pumps will be installed to keep the streets free of water — a project that will cost $300 million to $500 million.


More stringent EPA nutrient restrictions unlikely


A federal appeals court ordered a New Orleans federal judge to reconsider his ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must decide whether more stringent rules are needed to curb the flow of fertilizer and other nutrient pollutants into the Mississippi River to stem the size of a low-oxygen "dead zone" that forms along Louisiana's coast each spring.

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