Entries by Brett Walton

Road Salt, A Stealthy Pollutant, Is Damaging Michigan Waters

Rivers and lakes are becoming saltier while law and practice limit effective responses.

Federal Water Tap, January 23: EPA Lists New Enforcement Priorities

The Rundown The EPA proposes elevating PFAS and greenhouse gas emissions as enforcement priorities for the next four years. NOAA proposes a National Marine Sanctuary in eastern Lake Ontario. EPA researchers want a better understanding of the economic benefits of improved water quality. A USDA agency will assess the environmental impacts of responding to an […]

Federal Government Advances Big Water Projects

Congress focuses on flood protection and disaster recovery.

Federal Water Tap, January 16: EPA Warns of Water-Treatment Chemical Shortage After Illinois Factory Fire

The Rundown A factory fire in Illinois could disrupt the national supply chain for water-treatment chemicals, the EPA says. The EPA announces $100 million in environmental justice grants. A report in a CDC journal describes the ongoing cholera outbreak in Haiti. The EPA tentatively rules that discarded PVC is not a hazardous waste. And lastly, […]

New Mexico Town, Still Reeling from Historic Fire, Receives Federal Aid to Repair Drinking Water System

The town of Las Vegas is eligible for up to $140 million for drinking water treatment facilities.

As Planet Warms, Water Risks Abound

Ahead of a high-profile UN conference, political forecasters issue water warnings.

Federal Water Tap, January 9: EPA Delays PFAS Drinking Water Rules

The Rundown The EPA expects draft rules for two PFAS in drinking water to be published in March. President Biden signs three bills related to tribal water rights in Arizona. The Census Bureau identifies the number of U.S. residents displaced last year by weather disasters. An EPA draft report outlines the damage that federal biofuels […]

Federal Water Tap, January 2: USGS Finds Steep Groundwater Declines in Rural Nevada

The Rundown The U.S. Geological Survey finds declining groundwater levels in agricultural valleys in Nevada. The EPA finalizes a new definition of the scope of the Clean Water Act. New data shows the number of households receiving federal water bill assistance rose last summer. The EPA misses its self-imposed, end-of-year deadline for issuing draft drinking […]

Federal Water Tap, December 26: Water Spending Woven into Budget Deal

The Rundown Congress passes a $1.7 trillion budget deal. The Army Corps finalizes a plan for a river diversion to rebuild land on the Louisiana coast. The Army Corps also releases a draft review of a massive water-diversion tunnel through California’s contentious delta region. Congress sends several water-related bills to the president. And lastly, the […]

Federal Water Tap, December 19: States Slow to Distribute Disaster Aid Funds for Housing

The Rundown A GAO report finds that states are slow to distribute federal funds after hurricanes and wildfires that occurred as much as five years ago. NOAA recommends $105 million in funding for dam and culvert removal and other projects to aid fish migration. NOAA also releases updated data on marine and Great Lakes ecosystem […]

The Year in Water, 2022

Sharpening the Shark’s Teeth

Federal Water Tap, December 12: Lawmakers Finalize Water Resources Development Bill

The Rundown Lawmakers reach a deal on the next Water Resources Development Act. The CDC releases new guidance for investigating cancer clusters linked to environmental hazards. The EPA issues new guidance for reducing PFAS discharges in wastewater. A bill in the House would limit attorney fees for Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. The Army Corps […]