Weekly Water News Review: Flooding, Border Walls, Sea Grass, Lake Erie Lawsuit, and Lake Ontario Flooding

Weekly Water News Review

April 28, 2017: Flooding, Border Walls, Sea Grass, Lake Erie Lawsuit, and Lake Ontario Flooding

In the last week, we've posted 443 local water articles and technical publications on our state-by-state newsletters. In this installment of the Weekly Water News Review, I present the 5 most interesting posts of the last week (as determined by me, in no particular order):

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EPA dragging its feet on Lake Erie algae decision, lawsuit claims

Great Lakes environmental and conservation groups claim in a lawsuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stalling on efforts to improve the water quality in Lake Erie, which is being plagued each year by toxic algal blooms.

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Trump’s Border Wall Could Have Lasting Effect on Rivers, Water Supply

The $20 billion wall proposed to control illegal immigration will have to cross dozens of rivers along the 2,000-mile (3,200km) border with Mexico. Water supply, water quality, flood control, wildlife and groundwater recharge are all at risk.

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Another good year for Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses

An annual survey shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8 percent between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.

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As Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River swell, new water levels plan tested

Lake Ontario has risen 15 inches since April 1st. Lawmakers in western New York are asking Governor Cuomo to declare a state of emergency. And they’re calling on President Trump to repeal the new plan. But the agency that controls the water levels says there’s really only nature to blame.

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Worst flooding since Hurricane Matthew swamps N. Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents on Tuesday to stay wary after the state's heaviest rainfall since last year's Hurricane Matthew. State emergency management officials are warning of possible flooding along the Neuse River near Clayton and Smithfield, and the Tar River in Tarboro and Greenville.

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