Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, July 15: $5 Billion Tribal Water Rights Settlement Introduced in Congress

The Rundown Senators introduce bipartisan bill to settle Colorado River and other water rights for Navajo, Hopi, and San Juan Southern Paiute tribes. FEMA finalizes new standards for using federal funds to rebuild in a floodplain. U.S. and Canada agree to principles for updating Columbia River Treaty. U.S. Geological survey publishes reports on nitrogen pollution […]

Federal Water Tap, July 8: Feds Sue Washington State Dairies over Nitrate Pollution

The Rundown Justice Department files lawsuit against Yakima Valley dairies for polluting groundwater. EPA publishes new maps of water system boundaries. Reclamation finalizes plan to protect Colorado River fish from non-native predators. House committee considers a budget bill that would cut EPA funding by 20 percent. Reclamation assesses a Colorado River water conservation plan from […]

Federal Water Tap, July 1: Supreme Court Weakens Agency Power to Interpret Vague Laws

The Rundown High court strikes down longstanding deference to agency expertise in policymaking. Army Corps project to reduce flooding on Louisiana coast needs to be redesigned due to bigger seas, storms. House proposal would slash EPA budget by 20 percent and cut drinking water funding while continuing earmarks and changing policy. House committee advances Army […]

Federal Water Tap, June 24: Supreme Court Blocks State-Led Rio Grande Water Agreement

The Rundown The high court sides with the federal government in rejecting Rio Grande water deal between New Mexico and Texas. GAO audits an Interior program for economic development on former mining lands. State and federal agencies will assess water use in the lower Snake River, to inform the potential breaching of four dams. NOAA […]

Federal Water Tap, June 17: ‘Connecticut-Sized’ Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone This Summer, NOAA Says

The Rundown Federal forecast estimates size of Gulf of Mexico dead zone. EPA watchdog says agency is not prepared for public notification rules for lead in drinking water. House passes non-flushable wipes labeling bill. EPA publishes guidelines for a toxic tire chemical in rivers and lakes. USGS reports on groundwater levels in the Navajo aquifer, […]

Colorado River Water Use in Three States Drops to 40-Year Low

Arizona, California, and Nevada take less water from the struggling river.

Federal Water Tap, June 10: Researchers Estimate Lithium in U.S. Groundwater

The Rundown USGS researchers use computer models to map lithium, unregulated in drinking water, in groundwater. Montana senators introduce a bill to amend the Crow Tribe water rights settlement. FERC attempts to clarify water quality permitting process for energy projects. Army Corps has $120 million to raise homes in southwest Louisiana against floods. And lastly, […]

Federal Water Tap, June 3: EPA Proposal Aims for Structural Change in U.S. Drinking Water Sector

The Rundown Proposed EPA rule, by targeting structural problems, aims at the root of utility drinking water violations. Report shows Colorado River water use in three lower basin states drops to four-decade low. IRS proposal would allow new hydropower generation access to federal clean electricity tax credits. Reclamation allocates hundreds of millions for water reuse, […]

Federal Water Tap, May 28: EPA Alerts Water Utilities to Inadequate Cybersecurity Protections

The Rundown EPA finds that most water utilities it inspected have deficient cybersecurity. Feds settle with Norfolk Southern over toxic releases from East Palestine train derailment. Defense Department funds research into water and extreme weather to inform its strategic planning. EPA will hold a public meeting on its water affordability needs assessment. Today is the […]

Federal Water Tap, May 20: EPA Estimates Wastewater Funding Needs over Next Two Decades

The Rundown Some $630 billion is needed for sewage treatment and stormwater control. A bill in Congress would require a report on efforts to engage with Canada on nuclear waste disposal in the Great Lakes basin. EPA announces the first meeting of an advisory committee that will recommend ways to address water pollution from animal […]

Wildfire Rampage Injures Lungs in the Great Lakes

People are unprepared for smoke from forest fires worsened by intense drought and heat.

Federal Water Tap, May 13: Army Corps Eyes New Lake-Dredging Technique for Kansas Reservoir Filling with Sediment

The Rundown Army Corps plans to evaluate a novel dredging project in a Kansas reservoir. Bureau of Reclamation finalizes a two-year water management plan for main Colorado River reservoirs. Texas senators introduce Rio Grande legislation. Reclamation awards $148 million for drought resiliency projects in the western states. Ohio county and city sue EPA over Lake […]