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The Rundown House Oversight Committee hosts first of what will be many Flint hearings while the FBI begins investigating. Water infrastructure bills are introduced in Congress while a fight over Flint funding derails a big energy bill. The nation’s largest dam removal project, on the Klamath River, took a step forward. The U.S. Forest Service […]

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City favors contract extension with company that missed $US 1 million payment deadline.

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The Rundown Michigan senators propose federal funds for Flint while the House Oversight Committee schedules first congressional hearing on the drinking water crisis. Wetland banking program gets federal funding. EPA publishes draft pesticide general permit. The Supreme Court is hearing another Clean Water Act case. A damaged natural gas pipeline beneath the Delaware River is […]

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Pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other organic compounds found in small concentrations in household drinking water

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Brett Walton was featured on radio program about Flint lead crisis and America’s drinking water On January 25, Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton spoke with Minnesota Public Radio about America’s drinking water infrastructure and how the Flint lead contamination crisis comes at a time when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is updating federal lead […]

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The scene from the porch, 2july08: DC Water And Sewer Authority carries on their quest to vanquish lead pipe along Irving Street NW, Washington DC

Federal rules are not strict enough to prevent lead poisoning

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The Rundown A change in leadership at EPA Region 5. Obama talks with Flint mayor and directs federal money for water infrastructure improvements. EPA begins internal investigation over Flint response. 2015 was the hottest year on record. Communities get $US 1 billion for climate resiliency. Great Lakes has no surplus water, report says. Republicans call […]

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Inspections continued to decline in 2015.

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Drought restrictions and wet summers shake utility budgets. Researchers propose a new financial tool.

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The Rundown Federal aid — in the form of bottled water and filters — will flow to residents in Flint. Science board questions EPA fracking study while EPA’s Bristol Bay mining assessment is cleared of accusations of bias. California congressman introduces bill to settle farm drainage lawsuit. EPA wastewater survey suffers from lack of reporting. […]

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Harvesting irrigated corn near Edson, Kansas.

State of the State speeches highlight water resources

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Water is connected to the world’s most severe problems

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The Rundown Federal officials eye Flint. The Army Corps opens a rarely used Mississippi River spillway. The Bureau of Reclamation reconsiders a Yellowstone River dam and signs a water agreement for the Truckee River. A New York congressman calls for more federal dollars for water infrastructure. The Agriculture Secretary supports an Iowa sales tax. Draft […]

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Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater

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Finance and environmental groups develop new standards for evaluating water risk

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Less salty than the sea, brackish water is poised for wider use in Texas

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In the perpetual search for water supplies, a salty upstart will be in the spotlight

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The Rundown The EPA delays strontium regulations. Expect an active EPA in 2016. Klamath Basin agreements expire. Forest Service finalizes revised water rights rule for ski areas. CRS summarizes drought legislation. Oklahoma counties are named disaster areas. “A broad policy question is whether the issue that Congress is addressing is the current Western drought, drought […]

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The Rundown Water managers need more information. Streams in the Upper Colorado River Basin are fed in large part by groundwater. Congress passes a microbead ban. Growth in India’s farm sector was driven by increased groundwater irrigation. “At the level at which one makes management decisions, I would say that we are still data limited.” […]

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The Rundown Obama administration wants to jumpstart water technology. Congressional budget deal clinches water funding while a separate rural water bill passes Congress. An Arkansas representative wants to incentivize groundwater conservation. Government watchdog chides the EPA’s promotion of the Clean Water Rule on social media. Federal officials tell Colorado River states to fix chronic water […]

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