Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, January 20: Trump Aims at Two Water Rules in Farm Bureau Speech

The Rundown At a Farm Bureau meeting, President Trump highlighted his administration’s rollback of Obama-era clean water rules and asked the Army Corp to withdraw a proposed rule governing water supplies in its reservoirs. Legislation introduced in Congress aims to ban mining near a Minnesota wilderness area, prioritize coastal carbon sequestration, guard individual water rights, […]

U.S. Water Data, Refreshed Daily

New U.S. Geological Survey tool displays where water is – and isn’t – in the Lower 48 states.

Water Crises Again Ranked a Top Global Risk in World Economic Forum Report

For the first time in the history of the Global Risks Report, respondents ranked environmental factors as the top five risks that are most likely to occur.

After Plumbing Code Setback, Georgia Health Officials Refocus Legionella Prevention Effort

New working group mulls regulatory options for dealing with America’s deadliest waterborne disease. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue It’s back to the drawing board for the Georgia Department of Public Health as health officials seek to develop rules to prevent the growth in building plumbing of bacteria that cause a deadly lung infection. A […]

Federal Water Tap, January 13: House Passes PFAS Bill

The Rundown House bill includes controversial provisions that did not make it into a Defense spending bill last month. House Democrats outline climate legislation they plan to introduce later in January. The White House moves to change environmental review procedures. Fourteen climate and weather disasters last year caused more than $1 billion in damages in […]

Federal Water Tap, January 6: EPA Science Advisers Criticize Agency’s Clean Water Act Revision

The Rundown EPA independent science advisers say WOTUS rewrite ignores science. A bill to regulate PFAS chemicals under the Clean Water Act is introduced in the House. The USGS analyzes shoreline changes on Alaska’s northern coast. And lastly, the House begins the year by debating a bill to regulate PFAS in drinking water. “The [Science […]

Federal Water Tap, December 30: Streamflow Changes Associated with Ecosystem Decline, USGS Finds

The Rundown The U.S. Geological Survey publishes the first national assessment of man-made changes to river flows. A Pennsylvania senator tries again to require mandatory disclosure of fracking chemicals. The EPA proposes not requiring petroleum and coal manufacturers to demonstrate the financial capacity to clean up hazardous wastes. The Army Corps intends to review flood […]

Federal Water Tap, December 23: Budget, Defense Spending Bills Include Rural Water Increase, PFAS Provisions

The Rundown President Trump signs a budget agreement and a Defense authorization bill. The Interior Department tells a New Mexico group that, after years of missed deadlines, it will not provide funds for a Gila River diversion. The EPA releases guidance for cleaning up PFAS in groundwater. Water bills introduced in Congress deal with Indian […]

Dams, Sand Mining Threaten to Wreck Mekong Delta

More than sea-level rise, unsustainable development on the Mekong Delta is the biggest risk to the delta’s economy and ecology.

Against Advice of Health Officials, Georgia Rejects Legionella Rules in New Plumbing Code

Georgia will not join the handful of jurisdictions that have rules for slowing the spread of America’s deadliest waterborne disease.

Federal Water Tap, December 16: Tribal Water Bills Introduced in Congress

The Rundown Senators champion bills on tribal water quality and a water rights settlement in Montana, while the House passes a bill to improve climate change planning on the coasts. The Army Corps estimates it will cost an additional $3.2 billion to raise levees and floodwalls in New Orleans because of subsidence and sea-level rise. […]

In Louisiana, Officials Pursue Fixes for Indebted, Failing Water Systems

Louisiana is another state putting priority on merging small, struggling water systems with larger neighbors. It’s offering to cover the capital cost of connection.