Federal Water Tap, March 28: Clean Water

USAID Newsletter
The U.S. Agency for International Development published its bi-monthly newsletter last week. In this edition of “Global Waters”, read about the agency’s work with wastewater treatment in the Philippines, urban water provision in Africa, and a partnership with Coca-Cola.

US, World Bank Say ‘We Do’
At a ceremony held on World Water Day, representatives from the U.S. government and the World Bank signed an agreement to improve coordination of their water-development programs. The Memorandum of Understanding is a first step toward collaborations in knowledge-sharing and program development, and increased investment in data collection and water-efficient technologies, especially in the agricultural sector.

Clean Water Act Offenders
With a couple mouse clicks you can find the Clean Water Act violators in your backyard. The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new version of its web-tool for CWA enforcement updated with the results of its most recent non-compliance report. Covering 2008-09, the tool shows inspection information and violations from large and small facilities in every state.

Snowpack Bonus
Thanks to the above-average snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, the Bureau of Reclamation has raised its allocation forecast for deliveries from the federally-operated Central Valley Project. Most users will get 100 percent of their historical allocation, as the bureau announced in February. The revised forecast increases allocations to agricultural and municipal-industrial users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, who will see their shares rise by 5 percent, to 55 percent and 80 percent of normal, respectively.

Reading Material
The U.S. Geological Survey released a bevy of scientific studies and reports last week:

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