The Stream, March 30: Polluted River Segments in India Double in Last Five Years

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

India’s rivers are getting dirtier while the prime minister proposes new measures to clean up the Ganges. Maryland’s largest city is telling homes and businesses to pay late water bills or face service cuts. West Virginia’s governor weakened a chemical safety law. A mining company cancels copper project in Peru over water protests.

“There are dams that are costing us money, destroying river systems, drying up wetlands, killing fish runs. When a dam no longer performs a function that is needed, we should remove it. If a facility is blocking passage of a valuable fish run, and no one’s using it or it’s crumbling, we ought to remove it.” — Daniel Beard, former head of the Bureau of Reclamation, a U.S. government agency, speaking about dams and water policy in the western United States. (High Country News)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

25,000 – Number of residential and commercial customers in Baltimore, Maryland, who are receiving notices of delinquent water bills and risk having their water service cut off if the bills are not paid within 10 days. Baltimore Sun

$US 1.4 billion – Size of planned investment in a mine in Peru that Southern Copper cancelled due to farmers’ protests that the mine would pollute water supplies. Bloomberg


Science, Studies, And Reports

The number of polluted river segments in India more than doubled over the last five years, to 302, according to the government’s pollution watchdog. Economic Times

Affordable federal flood insurance and an insurance program that covers its costs are often incompatible, according to a new report from the National Research Council.

On the Radar

On The Radar

Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, proposed a federal commission to oversee the cleanup of the nation’s holiest river. The National Ganga River Basin Authority, an existing consultative body, would be given the power to halt pollution. Water management is currently a state responsibility. Times of India

West Virginia’s Democratic governor signed a bill that weakens chemical safety legislation that was passed in 2014 following a chemical tank leak that contaminated drinking water supplies for 300,000 in the state capital. Charleston Gazette

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