Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funding boost

Senate-passed bill covers Fla. environmental projects

The view from an airboat in the Everglades south of I-75 and east of the Miccosukee Reservation on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Everglades are a popular destination for Collier County airboaters to fish, swim, and race airboats.  DOROTHY EDWARDS

Naples Daily News

USA Today

Environmental projects in Florida got a significant boost from the Senate, with votes approving more than $100 million for Everglades restoration along with additional money for Southwest Florida other distressed estuaries. Lawmakers voted 90-8 last week to pass $37.5 billion Energy and Water Appropriations bill that includes roughly $6 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A similar bill is expected to reach the House floor in the coming weeks.

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Conservation group sizes up Texas water use

Star-Telegram

For years, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was painted as a water hog compared to the rest of the state. But in the Texas Water Conservation Scorecard released Wednesday, many North Texas utilities scored in the top 15. The scorecard rated each of the 126 large and medium-size retail public water utilities in Texas that serve a population of 25,000 or more.

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Fla., Ala. senators ask for help in 'water wars'

News Service of Florida

After earlier attempts failed, U.S. senators from Florida and Alabama are working on a new effort to get Congress to intervene in their states' long-running "water wars" with Georgia. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., this week joined Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions in writing a letter to Senate leaders, asking for help in creating an interstate compact.

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