Breaking Water News
- On October 1, the UN Human Rights Office called for an equitable distribution of water between Israel and Palestine.
- In the United States, officials in the Great Lakes region are turning to emergency water sources for two communities contending with contaminated drinking water.
- In Michigan, the state Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that 10,000 residents of Benton Harbor use bottled water for cooking, drinking, and brushing teeth.
Daily Summary of Global Water News
- Major global corporations’ plans to be ‘water positive’ lack accountability measures, experts say.
- Precipitation, flooding, and sea levels are rising in Maryland.
- Michigan’s governor pledges to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor in the next year and a half.
- Water quality in England’s Windemere Lake is being threatened by raw sewage discharge.
Heavy rain is causing flooding and mudslides on the Greek island of Evia, where wildfires have raged all summer.
Weekly Digest of U.S. Water Policy and Trends.
- The White House intends to change the policies that govern environmental review of major federal actions.
- EPA nominates a new head of Region 5, which covers many of the Great Lakes states.
- The EPA provides grant funding to investigate the human health risks of pollutants in treated sewage sludge.
- The EPA and USDA release reports on climate adaptation.
- EPA officials give California agencies a deadline for an oilfield wastewater disposal plan.
- A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on drought response in the Colorado River basin.
And lastly, FEMA takes public comment on potential changes to floodplain management standards.
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I am happy that this meeting is taking place, for it represents yet another stage in the joint commitment of various institutions to raising consciousness about the need to protect water as a treasure belonging to everyone, mindful too of its cultural and religious significance.