Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, February 7: White House Publishes Infrastructure ‘Guidebook’

The Rundown The White House creates an outline for states, tribes, and local governments to understand new infrastructure funding. The Federal Maritime Commission seeks more information on how Canadian ballast water rules might affect Great Lakes ships. The GAO says the agency that oversees federal prisons should do more to ensure its facilities are prepared […]

Is Agrochemical Contamination Killing Nebraska’s Children?

The harrowing trail of toxic nutrients in farm country water

Federal Water Tap, January 31: Supreme Court to Review Wetlands Case

The Rundown The nation’s highest court will again take on the Clean Water Act. EPA Administrator Michael Regan commits to improving pollution oversight for marginalized communities. The Bureau of Reclamation, plus state and local agencies, break ground to repair a key irrigation canal in California’s Central Valley. The Biden administration does not renew leases for […]

Federal Water Tap, January 24: Agencies Outline Spending Plans for Infrastructure Bill Funds

The Rundown The Army Corps and other agencies outline how they will spend supplemental funds from the infrastructure bill. Two FEMA disaster-prevention grant programs, totaling more than $1.1 billion in funding, have application deadlines this week. The Commerce Department seeks information on the environmental footprint of the semiconductor industry. And lastly, a U.S. Department of […]

Federal Water Tap, December 27: Multiple Watchdog Agencies Investigate Water Contamination on Oahu Naval Base

The Rundown Offices of the Inspector General for the Defense Department and EPA will investigate water contamination from an Oahu naval base. The Justice Department announced a settlement with a southeastern Pennsylvania water authority over sewage spills that violated the Clean Water Act. The Department of Energy reverses a Trump-era rule that relaxed water conservation […]

Federal Water Tap, December 20: Colorado River Agreement, Plus EPA Promises Stronger Lead Rules

The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation and Lower Colorado River Basin states agree to keep more water in a shrinking Lake Mead over the next two years. The EPA says it will allow the revised Lead and Copper Rule to go into effect…but will revise the revisions to strengthen the rule by emphasizing removing all […]

Federal Water Tap, December 13: Jet Fuel Leak Contaminates Water on Oahu Naval Base

The Rundown The FDA, in an overhaul of food safety rules, proposes eliminating an irrigation water testing requirement in favor of farm-wide assessments. A pipeline company faces criminal penalties after spilling 29 million gallons of oilfield wastewater in North Dakota. An executive order requires federal agencies to establish energy and water conservation A fuel leak […]

The Year in Water, 2021

Water Crises Take Center Stage

Federal Water Tap, December 6: Senate Bill Would Allow Arizona Tribe to Lease Colorado River Water

The Rundown Arizona senators introduce a bill to allow off-reservation leasing of Colorado River water by the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The USDA will survey Wisconsin homes and businesses near farmland to learn about contaminants in private wells. The EPA allocates $7.4 billion in water and sewer funds from the infrastructure bill to states, tribes, […]

Rising Cost of Water in Michigan Leads to Affordability Problems

A growing number of Michigan households are burdened by high water bills, report finds.

Utah’s Water Dilemma

Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply.

Federal Water Tap, November 29: In Closely Watched Groundwater Case, Justices Rule in Favor of Tennessee

The Rundown The Supreme Court issues a ruling in Mississippi v. Tennessee, a first-ever case over an interstate groundwater dispute. The U.S. Geological Survey compiled a national map showing the depth from which groundwater is withdrawn for drinking water. The USGS also is sampling river systems for cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce. And lastly, […]