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About Brett Walton
Brett 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 journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton
Entries by Brett Walton
For the next two years, water utilities are required to test for ten cyanotoxins.
The Rundown New leadership at the EPA. New Hampshire senators urge immediate action on PFAS. CDC official steps down from Legionella standards committee. And lastly, there are a bunch of meetings on the calendar: the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosts its third meeting on reducing Legionella risk in water systems, the EPA […]
The Rundown More investigation needed in Florida v. Georgia lawsuit. Federal authorities issue strong warning about Colorado River water supply risk. Pruitt seeks changes in EPA veto authority under Clean Water Act. The CDC links an E. coli outbreak spread through romaine lettuce to irrigation water in Arizona. The EPA grants Oklahoma authority to oversee […]
The Rundown PFAS study provides risk levels for four manmade chemicals. White House proposes massive reorganization of executive branch duties. EPA takes no additional steps to keep oil and chemical spills out of waterways. U.S. water withdrawals continue to decline. Trump executive order focuses on energy resources of Great Lakes and oceans. EPA outlines water […]
The country is using less water, but latest USGS report shows influences of California drought on national data.
The Rundown Reclamation will review environmental effects of controversial New Mexico water project. Watchdog agency warns Reclamation about insider threats to dam security. Farm Bill passes out of Senate committee. EPA moves forward with WOTUS rule replacement. GAO says that some tribes struggle to operate and maintain water and wastewater systems built by federal grants. […]
Toxins result in ‘do not drink’ advisory for Salem, the latest U.S. city challenged by cyanobacteria.
The Rundown California senator champions a water affordability bill. The EPA wants to reassess cost-benefit analysis. Defense spending authorization bill addresses firefighting chemicals and military water use. The House passes an Army Corps authorization while a committee moves forward an EPA spending bill. The TVA changes how it manages coal ash at one of its […]
Kentucky’s top lawyer opens inquiry into the management of the troubled Martin County Water District.
The Rundown Columbia River Treaty talks begin. More deaths in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Energy regulators approve an expert committee to guide Klamath dam removal. Federal climate change spending is undercounted, GAO finds. EPA watchdogs note progress in Atlanta’s sewer repairs, but the city still is not complying with spill permits. […]
Will sanitation and hygiene get lost in the organizational shuffle?