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The Rundown EPA completes a quick internal review of Colorado mine spill. Pesticides in U.S. rivers generally rise and fall with farm use. Tennessee Valley Authority plans to close coal ash ponds. Regulators prepare a new national pipeline map. California desalination plant begins environmental review. “If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, […]

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The Global Rundown The United Nations unveiled a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to address world problems like hunger, poverty, and water management, and the United States released a new plan to cut climate change pollution. California registered a large “rain debt”, while monsoon rains in India caused deadly floods and landslides. Oil pollution […]

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The Global Rundown New research done in Pennsylvania shows increased rates of hospitalization for those living near fracking. Actor Tom Selleck will pay to settle a complaint that he had water illegally delivered to his home in California. The United States Interior Department has proposed a new set of restrictions on mining near surface waters. […]

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The Rundown The president discusses drought with western governors. More problems, more money for communities affected by drought. NOAA’s National Water Center opens new facility. The USGS tests a water gun. Reclamation releases a new basin study, in Idaho. Columbia River Treaty negotiations will be broader. “Fortunately, this bipartisan legislation will stop the final rule […]

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The Global Rundown Municipalities in South Africa may soon be required to devote money to water infrastructure, while the United States federal government may soon have more power to limit pollution in the nation’s surface waters. Refugees from Burundi making their home in Tanzania are experiencing a cholera outbreak. Glaciers in the Antarctic have seen […]

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The Global Rundown The U.S. Senate has approved Keystone XL, and the time has come for the President of the United States to either sign or veto. The time has also come and gone – again – to launch NASA‘s soil moisture monitoring satellite. A new study says that extreme storms are likely to get […]

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The Global Rundown Barack Obama failed to secure a firm commitment on carbon emissions during his recent trip to India, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a firm financial commitment to the Everglades. Groundwater in Lahore, Pakistan is declining rapidly, and taps in Blantyre, Malawi are still running dry following flood damage three weeks […]

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Prime Minister Modi and President Obama this week need to talk about 21st-century development.

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The Rundown House Republicans try again to send more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers, but President Obama says he’ll veto the bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee talks about agriculture and water pollution, while a Seattle Superfund site gets a $US 342 million prescription. Congress passes a water rights settlement in the Colorado River Basin […]

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Before a meeting of his climate change task force, comprised of state, local, and tribal leaders, President Obama announced a slew of investments, tools, and partnerships to help prepare the nation for a warming world. The programs include: Two stages of funding for the $US 1 billion natural disaster resilience competition, a pot of money […]

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Like with any spending plan, water programs, because of their diversity, seesawed in the president’s budget request. Some programs were down, some up. Two programs that tipped way down were the state revolving funds, which provide low-interest loans to drinking water and sewer projects. President Obama requested a 25 percent cut. The president also requested […]

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The National Integrated Drought Information System puts federal data in the hands of farmers, state officials, and businesses.

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Benefits go to agriculture, but won’t help cities.

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Both chambers of Congress reauthorized a program that coordinates drought data, research, and outreach between the federal government, the states, and the public. The House funded the National Integrated Drought Information System at $US 13.5 million and the Senate at $US 12 million, two sums that will be reconciled. Drought Aid President Obama pledged $1.2 […]

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Some communities in the Philippines still don’t have access to reliable sources of safe water, despite months of relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, AlertNet reported. Aid agencies have been hindered by wet, stormy weather, but even the water trucks and tanks that they have been able to supply are temporary solutions to the water problem. […]

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The database is one step toward better information about the water held in soils.

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What Should We Do? Continuing to flesh out a plan he outlined in June, President Barack Obama issued an executive order creating two climate change advisory bodies. The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is a federal conglomeration, comprising senior officials from at least 30 agencies. The other is a task force of prominent state, […]

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Regulate, Innovate, and Adapt That is the crux of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan, unveiled in a speech last Tuesday at Georgetown University and in an accompanying 21-page document. The president proposed actions, with the exception of his budgetary aspirations, that need no endorsement from Congress. In a move sure to face legal challenges, […]

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Fracking Studies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies will be delayed for two years, until 2016. An EPA official made the statement at a shale gas conference in Ohio last week, according to the Associated Press. The EPA also announced that it would abandon […]

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The long road to information about a federal study of fracking’s effect on groundwater in Wyoming.

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