Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, May 20: House Democrats Seek To Boost Water Infrastructure Spending

The Rundown House spending bill adds hundreds of millions for water systems. The EPA considers additional ways to reuse or dispose of oil and gas wastewater. Senators introduce a bill to establish a total PFAS standard for drinking water and schedule a hearing on PFAS legislation. The EPA adds seven sites to the national Superfund […]

‘Alarming’ Increase in U.S. Hepatitis A Cases, CDC Reports

The resurgence of the viral liver disease hepatitis A is linked to drug use and homelessness.

Federal Water Tap, May 13: PFAS Week in Congress

The Rundown A barrage of PFAS legislation appears in the House and Senate. The House passes a $19.1 billion disaster aid package for recent flood, fire, and hurricane damage. The CDC reports a substantial increase in Hepatitis A cases. The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee says he will investigate federal approval of a […]

Federal Water Tap, May 6: Trump, Democrats Float $2 Trillion Infrastructure Idea

The Rundown More infrastructure talk from the White House and Congress. The Justice Department settles with ExxonMobil over a 2011 oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Representatives introduce a slew of water bills in Congress. Hydropower generation declined in 2018 due to lower snowpack in the West. Colorado River hydrologists will discuss the 2019 runoff […]

Capital Flight? Indonesia Leader Suggests Moving Government Out of Sinking Jakarta

Unsustainable groundwater use is one factor that could prompt a political and urban restructuring in Indonesia.

Federal Water Tap, April 29: EPA Releases Draft PFAS Groundwater Cleanup Guidance

The Rundown The EPA uses its drinking water health advisory to guide PFAS cleanup in groundwater. Senators ask the GAO to assess the cost to the federal government of PFAS cleanup. Senate Democrats release report on the financial costs of climate change. A federal health research agency publishes more details on a PFAS health study. […]

Nitrate Pollution Rising In Private Wells in Iowa

Report highlights lack of water quality data for household wells.

Federal Water Tap, April 22: In Reversal, EPA Excludes Groundwater Pollution from Clean Water Act Permitting

The Rundown The EPA says that all groundwater pollution is excluded from Clean Water Act permitting, even if it eventually flows into regulated waters. President Trumps signs a bill authorizing a Colorado River conservation plan, while a water rights settlement introduced in the Senate would allow more water to be withdrawn upstream in the basin, […]

Paradise Officials Unveil $53 Million Plan to Rid Damaged Water Pipes of Contaminants

Two years and $53 million is the estimated timeline and cost to overcome the extensive contamination of the water system in Paradise.

U.S. Irrigation Continues Steady Eastward Expansion

Irrigated farmland in the United States climbed to a record-high 58 million acres in 2017, according to new federal government data.

Federal Water Tap, April 15: Trump Energy Order Targets State Water Permitting Authority

The Rundown President Trump hopes to boost construction of energy infrastructure projects. The Senate confirms David Bernhardt to lead the Interior Department. Congress approves a Colorado River basin conservation plan. The Army Corps’ management of Missouri River reservoirs comes under the microscope. The USDA releases its census of farm data. Federal officials prepare a trade […]

In Bid for Cleaner Water, California Seeks Arranged Utility Marriages

Uniting small, failing utilities with larger neighbors can fix water problems.