Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Big idea for Texas

Legislator proposes network of underground reservoirs

State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, wants to create a network of underground reservoirs to collect water during wet times, such as when Rosenberg flooded in June, for use during droughts. TEXAS CIVIL AIR PATROL

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USA Today

With Texas apparently headed into a dry La Niña cycle, Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, is preparing legislation that he says could "drought-proof" the state in the coming decades. The idea is to build a network of underground reservoirs to capture excess water as it rushes down Texas rivers, instead of allowing it to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Eventually, Larson hopes, the reservoirs would be able to hold enough water to get Texas through a seven-year drought.

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Surging sea brings damage, long-term concerns

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Hurricane Matthew’s pounding waves and storm surge ripped away dunes and moved tons of sand along Florida's beaches. Those shoreline impacts, which will remain long after debris is removed and roofs are replaced, will be the most extensively studied in history as scientists work to better understand how the ocean’s powerful forces could impact coasts now and in the future.

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New Orleans invests in water system upgrades

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Nearly $480 million will be poured into fixing New Orleans' water system in 2017 as the city embarks on a massive $2.4 billion infrastructure investment over the next eight years, city officials said Monday. "It's the most comprehensive infrastructure improvement program our region has seen in a generation," said Cedric Grant, executive director of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.

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