Entries by Brett Walton

Feds Release First Slice of Water Bill Assistance Funds

Brett WaltonBrett 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 […]

Marine Blooms of Harmful Algae Increasing in Europe, Much of the Americas

Brett WaltonBrett 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 […]

Federal Water Tap, June 7: First Slice of Low-Income Water Bill Assistance Funds Available

The Rundown The Department of Health and Human Services released $166.6 million in funding for a low-income water bill assistance program. Negotiations on an infrastructure package continue. The EPA determines that a proposed mine in northern Minnesota may affect downstream waters, opening the mine to a legal challenge. And lastly, runoff in the upper Missouri […]

Amid Dire Colorado River Outlook, States Plan to Tap Their Lake Mead Savings Accounts

Brett WaltonBrett 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 […]

Federal Water Tap, June 1: EPA Will Revise Water Permitting Tied to Pipelines, Fuel Export

The Rundown The EPA says it will revise Trump-era changes to Clean Water Act permitting that centered on energy infrastructure. Senate Republicans increase water spending in their infrastructure counteroffer. The House Natural Resources Committee gets an update on drought conditions in the western states. The Bureau of Reclamation cuts Central Valley Project water allocations in […]

The Stream, May 28, 2021: Australian Coal Mine’s Water Withdrawals Need Deeper Analysis, Court Says

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Australia’s government should have conducted a more thorough analysis of the impacts of water withdrawals for the controversial Carmichael coal mine, a court rules. Study shows fish farms in British Columbia can transmit a virus to wild salmon. An outburst of mucus-like marine algae is blanketing Turkey’s Sea of Marmara The African […]

The Stream, May 27, 2021: Chinese Officials Warn of Major Flooding Again This Summer

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Seventy-one rivers in China exceed warning levels and officials expect big floods in the coming months. Water infrastructure in Gaza remains impaired following a cease-fire agreement with Israel. Drought in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state is hurting the production of Indigenous farmers. In northeast India, one of the world’s smallest ethnic groups is […]

The Stream, May 26, 2021: Children Harmed by Attacks on Water Infrastructure, UNICEF Says

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Children are collateral damage in attacks on water and sewer systems in conflict zones, according to a UNICEF report. Poland and the Czech Republic work to resolve a dispute over a lignite coal mine that is accused of draining groundwater. Amid drought, hydropower generation declines in California. Water utility customer assistance programs […]

The Stream, May 25, 2021: Mining Denver’s Sewers for Energy

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN The largest project in North America to tap the heat in sewer pipes is under construction in Denver. Leaders in Iran blame rolling blackouts on drought, heat, and cryptocurrency mining. South African scientists confront challenges in monitoring wastewater for SARS-CoV-2. Water systems in West Virginia report losing large volumes of water to […]

Federal Water Tap, May 24: In Congress, Lawmakers Target Water Debt Relief, Drought Response

The Rundown Lawmakers introduce proposals on water debt relief, western water infrastructure, water bill assistance, and national drinking water standards for an algal toxin. The White House, in negotiations with Republican leaders, reduces the size of its infrastructure proposal to $1.7 trillion. President Biden orders federal agencies to assess financial risks of climate change. The […]

Congress’s Stealth Water Infrastructure Deal

The American Rescue Plan Act allocated $350 billion to states, tribes, and local governments. Some of that money is available for upgrading water systems.

Federal Water Tap, May 17: White House Advisory Council Outlines Environmental Justice Recommendations

The Rundown A White House advisory council drafts a plan for ensuring disadvantaged communities receive 40 percent of the benefits of the administration’s climate investments. The Treasury Department details how $350 billion in state, local, and tribal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act can be used for water infrastructure. Washington state senator opposes a […]