This Past Week in WaterWise News:
Obama Cuts USACE Budget ♦ White House Aims to Value Conservation ♦ El Niño Peaks, La Niña Possible ♦ Areas Most Sensitive to Climate Change ♦ California Drought Costs $2bn in Extra Electricity Expenses ♦ California Cities Water Solution ♦ Georgia-Florida Water Battle ♦ U.S. Cuts Emissions Despite SCOTUS Ruling ♦ Warming Oceans Killing Marine Life ♦ Eminent Domain Expands NJ Public Beaches
Obama Cuts Army Corps of Engineers' Budget - February 19
Roll Call - The Obama administration is proposing $4.6 billion in budget authority for the Army Corps of Engineers for fiscal 2017, a 2 percent decrease from what it proposed in its fiscal 2016 budget blueprint and a 23 percent cut from what Congress enacted.
GreenBiz - The White House has issued a directive (PDF) to point federal agencies toward building ecosystem-services valuation into their plans, investments and regulations.
BBC - Researchers say there is a 50:50 chance that it will be replaced by a La Niña event before the end of this summer.
The Huffington Post - The prairie regions of central Asia and North America, rainforests in Central America and South America, and eastern Australia all have one thing in common: They are among the most sensitive land ecosystems on Earth when it comes to climate change.
The Huffington Post - A new report from the Pacific Institute has tallied how four years of drought has impacted electricity prices and pollution from the electricity sector.
The Christian Science Monitor - El Niño's rains are a welcome relief in the Golden State, but that doesn't cancel the need for changes in water use, experts say. Here's how San Diego and Los Angeles are adapting.
The Journal Atlanta-Constitution - The exhausting regional battle over water rights that has divided Georgia, Florida and Alabama for more than two decades erupted on Thursday in a major way in the battle for Peach State votes for the March 1 primary.
The Washington Post - Despite this roller-coaster, though, one thing has not changed — the power sector in the U.S. is transforming in a way that will make the generation of electricity much less carbon-intensive in the future, the precise thing that the plan aims to achieve anyway.
The Washington Post - Warming waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have increased the prevalence of diseases that are turning sea stars to mush and killing lobsters by burrowing under their shells and causing lesions, two new studies say.
NJ.com - Private beachfront property taken for a dune-building and beach-widening project would become public space when the work is finished, attorneys for New Jersey said on Friday.