The Stream, December 4: Water Governance for and by the U.S.

Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the application of the Clean Water Act to runoff from logging roads, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new permit regulation that fundamentally changed the nature of the court case, the New York Times reports. The basis for the court case stems from the Oregon logging industry, where environmental groups sought to force logging companies to obtain permits for the logging road runoff pollution that affect waterways.

The Washington Post gives a general look at U.S. climate aid and its global reach. Spearheaded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. has spent nearly US$1.4 billion in the past three years on foreign aid for climate change adaptation purposes.

The Huffington Post hosts a blog today by Wm. Robert Irvin, President of the American Rivers organization, who claims that the imminent U.S. fiscal cliff spending cuts pose a threat to water resources across the country.

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Author: Allison Voglesong   is an editorial intern for Circle of Blue based out of Traverse City, Michigan. She holds a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University's James Madison College. Her interests include water pricing, environmental economics and policy, and conflict mediation.

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