YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN
- A lawsuit aimed at preventing an Indigenous tribe in Oregon from exercising their water rights has been dismissed by a federal court.
- Massachusetts gives millions of dollars in grants to public water systems to address PFAS contamination.
- Australia’s east coast is battered by record rainfall.
- A new study warns climate change and urban population growth could dry up groundwater supplies in Tucson, Arizona.
Taiwanese officials take drastic steps to respond to the island’s most serious drought in nearly half a century.
“Nobody wants to lack water. But if the heavens don’t open then that’s not something you or I can control. Though some people say this is a short-term phenomenon, it’s hard to deny this has become a long-term one.” – Chiang Ming-lang, director of the Taiwan Water Resources Agency’s northern region. Reuters reports that as Taiwan continues to suffer from its most serious drought in nearly 50 years, officials are taking drastic steps to ensure water access. Taiwan is currently drilling wells to supply people in the island’s western region, including the major metropolises of Hsinchu. In an unusual step, the Water Resources Agency sent its top official for central Taiwan to a three-hour religious ceremony to pray for rain for the first time in 58 years.
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Native American Water Rights Lawsuit Dismissed in Oregon
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Oregon ranchers in an attempt to prevent the Klamath Tribes from exercising their water rights when they interfere with Oregon ranchers’ irrigation. Jurist reports that the ranchers alleged several injuries as a result of the federal government and the Klamath Tribes collaborating on water use. Ultimately, the court sided with the tribes, saying their water rights superseded the rights of the ranchers according to an 1864 treaty.
TODAY’S TOP WATER STORIES, TOLD IN NUMBERS
Massachusetts awarded $3 million in grants from the state’s Clean Water Trust to 17 public water systems. The Associated Press reports that the funds will support efforts to address PFAS contamination in water systems, including the design and planning of treatment systems that protect drinking water against the harmful compounds.
Parts of the mid-north coast of New South Wales (NSW) faced a “one-in-100-year” flooding event, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday. Axios reports that Australia’s east coast continues to experience record rainfall as thousands were evacuated over the weekend in NSW.
ON THE RADAR
A new U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study warns that rising temperatures and urban population growth in the future could reduce the amount of renewable water going into Tucson, Arizona’s aquifer, Tucson.com reports. Based on a number of computer model analyses, the study projects that in a very hot future climate, the aquifer, by 2060, could hold less than half the amount of groundwater that it would hold if the climate stayed the same and growth became more compact.
Jane writes The Stream and covers domestic and international water issues for Circle of Blue. She is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she studied Multimedia Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. During her time at Grand Valley, she was the host of the Community Service Learning Center podcast Be the Change. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jane enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time outdoors.