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Africa Senegal is seeking to diversify its water supply sources, and in particular looking to expand its desalination capacity by building a 100,000 cubic-meters-per-day plant by 2021, Reuters reported. Approximately 40 percent of the country’s capital city went without water for two weeks last September following a burst pipe. Algeria’s plans to boost production of […]

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Pollution The Buenavista copper mine in northern Mexico has spilled toxic waste into the Sonora River basin for the second time in two months, prompting the government to warn nearby residents not to use the water, the Associated Press reported. The mine is already facing a cost of $US 151 million to clean up a […]

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Water Scarcity The El Niño weather phenomenon, predicted to occur later this year, leads to an average 1.4 percent drop in global wheat yields and a 2.3 percent drop in corn yields, while soybean yields increase an average 3.5 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Bloomberg News reported. El […]

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Business and Water Scarcity A $US 130 million water treatment plant in Witbank, South Africa is recycling 30 million liters of water a day from a coal mine to supply drinking water for approximately 80,000 people in the city, Bloomberg News reported. The mine and treatment plant are operated by Anglo American, but other mining […]

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Philippines Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines last Friday, are now desperately searching for limited food and water supplies, The New York Times reported. The typhoon, one of the strongest to ever hit the Philippines, created a massive storm surge that leveled buildings and may have killed tens of thousands of people. […]

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Increase the Flows The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft report on how it plans to implement a $US 1.7 billion project to revive the Florida Everglades. In essence, the corps will send more water south from Lake Okeechobee, treat it to remove phosphorous, and let it drain slowly to mimic natural filtration […]

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in its first-ever inventory of the state of federal flood control systems, found that 22 percent of the levees surveyed were rated “unacceptable”, according to the Associated Press. The corps, claiming the threat of terrorism and sabotage, would not say why those levees were so rated. Some 40 percent […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of its new framework for addressing the twinned problems of stormwater and sewer overflows. Nearly eight months in the making, the framework will give municipalities greater flexibility in how they meet federal water quality standards by allowing them to fix the most dire problems first. The […]

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye Last Thursday the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heard testimony on tribal water rights settlements. Federal officials talked about the Obama administration’s preference for negotiated settlements instead of litigation. Some 16 negotiations are in progress, two of which—the Blackfeet and the Navajo-Hopi—have legislation under consideration in Congress. The chair of the […]

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That Record Does (Not) Exist This item is not explicitly about water, but it does touch on a basic tool for keeping the government honest. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, for short) requires federal agencies to provide records at the public’s request, with certain exemptions for things like classified documents. The Department of Justice, […]

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The Price of Restoration As part of the Everglades restoration project, the Department of Agriculture announced it would allocate $100 million to the state of Florida under the Wetlands Reserve Program, the Miami Herald reports. The money will be paid to ranchers in four counties northwest of Lake Okeechobee who give up development rights on […]

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A program that pays ranchers to use pastures as water-retention ponds could provide one-sixth of the water needed to restore the Everglades for a fraction of the cost of current treatments, according to program proponents.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — The board of the South Florida Water Management District just passed a deal to buy around 300 square acres of land from U.S. Sugar.

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As the state of Florida plans to spend $1.34 billion to buy land from U.S. Sugar, key legislators and businessmen cast their doubt before their ballot on the efficacy of the purchase.

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The U.S. Sugar Corporation has approved a $1.34 billion sale of 180,000 acres of land to the South Florida Water Management District.

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As U.S. Sugar seeks to sell segments of its land, multiple interests are now wrangling for a bite from a plate the state of Florida thought it had almost already secured.

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MIAMI — After months of speculation and planning on the part of Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist, a scaled back deal was finally reached Monday to help restore Florida’s Everglades.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — What seemed like a light on Florida’s ecological horizon has dimmed significantly. After years of equivocation, the state’s plan to purchase land in the Everglades from US Sugar will likely produce no change for yet another decade.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The state of Florida is buying 300 acres of land in the Everglades from U.S. Sugar, but the process has slowed due to financing uncertainties.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Efforts to restore portions of the Everglades to more historic conditions have prompted the state government to buy up United States Sugar and its 187,000 acres of land.

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