Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Historic accord

FEMA to pay New Orleans extra $1.2B for water pipes

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Thursday (Dec. 10) that FEMA has agreed to pay New Orleans $1.2 billion in street and water system repairs linked to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. RICHARD RAINEY



Hailed as the largest single downpayment for infrastructure repairs ever delivered to an American city, the federal government has agreed to pay New Orleans $2 billion to fix its crumbling streets and cracking water pipes. It came as welcome news to a city where potholes and water leaks outnumber the beignets and Sazeracs. "This is a huge amount of money and it's going to go a long way, but again it is part of a much larger picture," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.


Study: Nature controls Colorado River outlook

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin researchers have found that the water supply of the Colorado River basin, one of the most important sources for water in the southwestern United States, is influenced more by wet-dry periods than by human use. The study took the most comprehensive look to date at the state of a water source that serves 40 million people in seven states.


New process can purify mining water in just hours

University of Florida

Cleaning up the water left over from mining can literally take generations — 25 to 50 years on average — leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, a University of Florida researcher has figured out how to trim that time dramatically — to just two to three hours, a potential boon to mining companies, the environment and regions where water is scarce.

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