Weekly Water News Review: Reservoirs, Dams, Coastal Restoration, and Infrastructure Investment
Weekly Water News Review
April 21, 2017: Reservoirs, Dams, Coastal Restoration, and Infrastructure Investment
In the last week, we've posted 393 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):
Governor Rick Scott lent his approval to a controversial plan to reduce freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which includes purchasing agricultural land south of the lake.
The bid was awarded to a subsidiary of the Nebraska-based Kiewit Corp. Meanwhile, a report from a renowned geotechnical expert detailed the causes of the failure. The Associated Press also reviewed the email correspondence of California Water managers in the initial days of weeks of the disaster and found the response wanting.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver proposed a long-term agreement with the City of Detroit to provide drinking water to Flint's water system
It was a move away Detroit's water in April 2014 that sparked the water crisis. The plan still needs approval from various state and federal agencies but was praised by Governor Snyder and county officials.
His goal is to expedite restoration projects along the coast that have stalled due to federal permitting issues. According to the Governor's proclomation, "2,250 square miles of coastal Louisiana is expected to be lost in the next 50 years if no additional action is taken."
In their state budget passed this week, the New York Legislature included $2.5B over the next 5 years to address water infrastructure
The Governor had proposed a $2B plan, but the legislature increased the total to $2.5B.