Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, December 4: EPA Proposes 10-Year Timeline to Remove Most Lead Pipes

The Rundown EPA thinks most utilities can remove lead pipes within a decade, but a few will not. National security agencies detail recent cyberattacks on water systems by Iran-linked hackers. S. officials attend the UN climate summit in Dubai and pledge to triple nuclear energy capacity globally. CDC report shows multiple uses for pandemic-era wastewater […]

Federal Water Tap, November 27: Army Corps Signs Agreement for Solar Panels above Tribe’s Irrigation Canal

The Rundown EPA publishes draft guidance for groundwater pollution regulation enabled by a 2020 U.S Supreme Court decision. A Department of Energy lab reports on the state of the U.S. hydropower market. EPA watchdog announces new investigations into underground injection wells and funding for removing lead drinking water pipes. National Weather Service intends to study […]

Federal Water Tap, November 20: Report Concludes Water Managers “Slow to Adapt” to Climate Changes

The Rundown Fifth National Climate Assessment outlines the need to adapt to climate change. EPA requests information on challenges in procuring American-made products for water infrastructure projects. EPA wants volunteers for a committee on CAFO water pollution, while Interior seeks authors for the first-ever National Nature Assessment. Army Corps does not expect salt water to […]

Billions in Federal Assistance after New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire. But Little Money to Repair Streams

Stream restoration beset by lack of money and workers.

Federal Water Tap, November 13: EPA Takes Next Step in Nitrate Health Assessment

The Rundown EPA’s health assessment division releases protocol for evaluating nitrate in drinking water. EPA orders Minnesota to respond to nitrate pollution of groundwater in the state’s southeast. The White House updates guidance for calculating costs and benefits of federal regulation. GAO reports on non-native mussels in the Columbia River basin and salmon health in […]

The Stream, November 8, 2023: Drought Continues to Cut Ship Capacity at Panama Canal

Local officials reckon it could take years to restore the damaged drinking water system in Lahaina.

Federal Water Tap, November 6: EPA Grants Tribes’ Request to Scrutinize Tire Chemical that Kills Salmon

The Rundown EPA will take a closer look at 6PPD, a tire chemical that is toxic to salmon. EPA’s health assessment division resumes a review of the health impacts from nitrate in drinking water. Justice Department Camp Lejeune compensation claims for exposure to contaminated water exceed $3 trillion. Energy Department’s innovation arm considers a biotech-development […]

EPA Restarts Assessment of Health Risks from Nitrate in Water

The agency will evaluate the hazards from agriculture’s primary water pollutant

The Stream, November 1, 2023: Fishers and Scientists Work to Save South America’s Largest Body of Water, Overwhelmed by Oil and Algae

Anglers and scientists in Venezuela are coming together to clean Lake Maracaibo, South America’s largest lagoon, currently overwhelmed by oil and algae.

Federal Water Tap, October 30: Feds Back State-Led Colorado River Conservation Plan

The Rundown Bureau of Reclamation reassesses options for Colorado River water conservation over next three years. The White House asks Congress for $55 billion on domestic disaster relief, other emergencies. The Treasury Department releases a report on climate hazards and household finances. The House approves a 2024 budget for the Army Corps and Interior Department […]

New Mexico’s Largest Fire Wrecked This City’s Water Source

Era of megafires endangers water supplies in American West.

Federal Water Tap, October 23: White House Asks Congress for Billions in Humanitarian Aid

The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation summarizes public comments on managing the Colorado River after 2026, including wishes to analyze a “one dam” option. State Department negotiators continue talks with Canada about updating the Columbia River Treaty. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines that 21 species are now extinct, including eight freshwater mussels in […]