The rape and hanging of two girls in India’s most populous state has put an international spotlight on the country’s inadequate toilet facilities and its violence toward women. The two victims, like so many in rural India where in-home toilets are scarce, were heading to the fields at dusk to use the bathroom when they were assaulted. Women often face harassment during these evening trips.
Water is one of the few levers of power Ukraine still has over Crimea, territory that was effectively annexed by Russia in March. Reuters reports that farmers in Crimea believe Ukraine is withholding the full amount of water that should flow into canals. Ukrainian officials will not say how much water they are releasing.
Water Diversion, Northern U.S.
An engineering study puts the construction cost of a water supply pipeline to eastern North Dakota at $US 918 million, the Jamestown Sun reports. Next for the Red River Valley project, which will draw water from the Missouri River, is a study of the best intake design. State and local officials also need to rework the cost-sharing formula now that federal dollars are not available.
Missoula, Montana officials cut the ribbon on a wastewater-purifying poplar forest. Some 100,000 trees will remove from the water nitrogen and phosphorous, nutrients that pump up algae that suffocates fish. Once full grown, the forest will take up one-fifth of the city’s wastewater. No word on how river flows might be affected.
Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). He received the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton