Large blooms of algae in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon have destroyed sea grass beds and forced manatees to eat poisonous macro algae that can kill them, NPR reported. The algal blooms are thought to be the result of nutrient-rich water releases from Lake Okeechobee and seeping septic systems.
Australia’s government is requiring environmental assessments for 47 proposed coal seam gas and coal mine projects under a new environmental law, Reuters reported. The assessments will focus on how the projects could affect water.
A United Nations team is developing a standard set of guidelines that companies can use to assess and report their water risk, the Guardian reported. Companies, which have been under increasing pressure from investors to disclose water risk, are often reporting their risk under different guidelines that make comparisons difficult.
A second week of water shortages in Senegal’s capital city has prompted protests and a lawsuit to force the country’s water supplier to fix the problem, Bloomberg News reported. The shortages are the result of a broken water pipe approximately 200 kilometers away from the city.
India’s dam reservoirs and groundwater supplies have been refreshed by monsoon rains that are above the 50-year average for the first time in two years, Bloomberg News reported. The rain is good news for the country’s agriculture sector, which depends on rains to irrigate 55 percent of cropland.