Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, May 23: House Committee Advances Water Resources Bill

The Rundown A House committee followed its Senate counterpart and endorsed a key bill to authorize Army Corps water projects. An early-season forecast indicates a moderate harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie this summer. A GAO report recommends better federal agency coordination to help Alaska Native villages address environmental change. An inspector general’s investigation clears […]

Federal Water Tap, May 16: House Committee Alleges Criminal Activity

The Rundown The House Natural Resources Committee tells the Justice Department it should investigate alleged criminal activity from a top Trump administration official. The EPA proposes a waiver, applicable to projects in the design phase, from American-sourced materials requirements in the infrastructure bill. To prevent manatees from dying, an EPA regional administrator says that Florida […]

Michigan’s ‘Very Big Opportunity’ in Infrastructure Windfall

More communities gain access to the largest federal infusion in a half-century.

High Cost of Water Hits Home

Rising rates hurt the state’s poorest residents.

Federal Water Tap, May 9: Interior Unveils Lake Powell Protection Measures

The Rundown To protect a shrinking Lake Powell, the feds will hold back more water and call in reinforcement supplies from upstream reservoirs. A Senate committee advances legislation to authorize Army Corps water projects. The GAO reviews the Department of Energy’s nuclear waste cleanups. Water bills introduced in Congress would set timelines for the EPA […]

After Decades of Neglect, Bill Coming Due for Michigan’s Water Infrastructure

Federal and state governments begin to reverse course on underinvestment to address water’s true cost.

Federal Water Tap, May 2: Senators Release Draft Text of Major Water Resources Legislation

The Rundown Senators release a draft $24.6 billion water resources and infrastructure bill for Army Corps projects. The EPA takes new actions to respond to PFAS chemicals. Senators introduce legislation to ban firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals, settle water rights for the Hualapai Tribe, and provide grants for under-the-sink water filters. A New Mexico representative […]

Federal Water Tap, April 25: Colorado River States, Interior Near Completion of 2022 Drought Response Plan

The Rundown Colorado River basin states approve a plan to release more water from high-elevation reservoirs into Lake Powell, to prop up the ailing reservoir. The White House restores a more expansive definition of environmental impacts for federal reviews. The OMB releases guidelines for using American-made materials in federal infrastructure bill projects. The FDA lowers […]

War in Ukraine, Drought Converge to Worsen Hunger Crises in Horn of Africa

Record-high global food prices coincide with failed harvests

Federal Water Tap, April 18: ‘Profound Concerns’ With Lake Powell Prompt Feds To Consider More Colorado River Cutbacks

The Rundown The Interior Department notifies Colorado River states that it might hold back more water in Lake Powell this year. Reclamation’s Klamath River basin irrigation allocation pleases no one. The USGS investigates groundwater depletion in southeastern Oregon due to irrigation and maps groundwater levels in New Mexico. The Bureau of Reclamation limits irrigation allocations […]

Federal Water Tap, April 11: Supreme Court Reinstates Trump-Era Water Rule Related to Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

The Rundown The nation’s high court issues an emergency order that revives, at least temporarily, a ruling that constrains the ability of states and tribes to protect waterways from pollution. The EPA outlines three strategies for addressing nutrient pollution in the nation’s waters. A bank regulator proposes guidelines for managing climate-related financial risks. The Interior […]

Inflation Weighs On U.S. Water Utilities

Water leaders worry that rising prices — for everything from lead pipe replacements to treatment plant repairs — will cause a historic federal infrastructure investment to fall short of lofty expectations.