EPA Warns of Health Problems When PFAS Levels in Drinking Water Are Inconceivably Tiny

Revised health advisories are a precursor to federal regulation.

Drought’s Spillover Effect in the American West

In a region latticed with pipelines and canals, the consequences of dry conditions in one basin are exported to neighboring watersheds.

What Does Water Want?: A Conversation with Author Erica Gies

Problems and opportunities spring from the mismatch between the natural world and the built environment.

What Happens If Glen Canyon Dam’s Power Shuts Off?

Lake Powell is drying behind one of the Southwest’s largest hydropower plants.

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EPA Warns of Health Problems When PFAS Levels in Drinking Water Are Inconceivably Tiny

Revised health advisories are a precursor to federal regulation.

Drought’s Spillover Effect in the American West

In a region latticed with pipelines and canals, the consequences of dry conditions in one basin are exported to neighboring watersheds.

What Does Water Want?: A Conversation with Author Erica Gies

Problems and opportunities spring from the mismatch between the natural world and the built environment.

What Happens If Glen Canyon Dam’s Power Shuts Off?

Lake Powell is drying behind one of the Southwest’s largest hydropower plants.

Power through the Adirondack Park

$4 billion transmission line to deliver Canadian hydropower to New York illustrates tradeoffs in the energy transition.

Five Fixes for Michigan’s Drinking Water Woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape.

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.

Water’s True Cost – The Great Lakes News Collaborative

Five Fixes for Michigan’s Drinking Water Woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape.

Michigan’s ‘Very Big Opportunity’ in Infrastructure Windfall

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

Some Michigan Water Systems Are Overbuilt, Underfunded. Are Mergers The Answer?

Customers get cheaper, cleaner water when communities share the cost of infrastructure.

High Cost of Water Hits Home

Rising rates hurt the state’s poorest residents.

Short-Changing Michigan Local Governments Has Resulted in Deteriorating Water Systems and Other Services

Many of Michigan’s 1,773 cities, villages, and townships are reaching a water infrastructure crisis point.

Michigan’s Lack of Septic System Regulations is Causing Problems for Some of its Most Pristine Lakes

Failing systems can allow contaminated water to seep through the earth into nearby bodies of water.

Michigan’s 20th Century Water Systems Too Big For Its Shrinking City Populations

Cities around the Great Lakes region struggle with the cost of water maintenance and operation as their populations decline.

Many Rural Towns Have Neglected Drinking Water Systems for Decades

As some rural towns lose population and government funds shrink, some drinking water systems are one failure away from crisis.

Water Woes Loom for Michigan Suburbs, Towns After Decades of Disinvestment

Michigan cities rich and poor, big and small have been delaying maintenance on their water systems for decades. Now, even wealthy towns are suffering the consequences of past reluctance to pay for water system upkeep.

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.
  • Environmental groups are celebrating a victory in Albania, where the government has blocked the construction of a dam on one of Europe’s last wild rivers. The Vjosa River will be declared a national park, protecting it from development.
  • In a report released last week, scientists called for world leaders to do a better job of managing phosphorus, a nutrient commonly used in farm fertilizer. Overuse of the nutrient has had far-reaching consequences for human health and the environment.
  • In Chile, a major mining company says that by 2030, it will no longer use freshwater in its operations at a large copper mine. Anglo American intends to shift to desalinated water and recycled water for mining operations at Los Bronces by 2030.

This week, Circle of Blue reports on the spillover effects of drought in the American West.