Entries by Andrew Maddocks

Washington Water Main, April 15: Sally Jewell to Lead Interior Department; EPA and Energy Director Nominees Face Hearings

President Barack Obama’s nominees to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy are expected to join just-confirmed Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell in developing the United States’ water, food, and energy systems.

The Stream, April 15: Comprehensive Water Reform Emerging in Texas

In Texas, no water means no business, reporter Kate Galbraith writes in The New York Times. She charts Texas’ multi-pronged water-reform efforts as a severe drought that began in 2010 rolls on. The state Senate, House of Representatives, regulatory agencies, and even court systems are joining the effort. Scarcity by Mismanagement In many places around […]

The Stream, April 11: Floating Pollution Documented in Great Lakes

A new study details a water-borne garbage patch in the Great Lakes, similar to the more famous Pacific Ocean garbage patch. Many of the individual pieces of plastic trash, CBS News reported, are too small to be seen by the naked eye, yet are still dangerous to wildlife. Fukushima Leaks Radioactive water is still leaking […]

Washington Water Main, April 8: Hearings for Energy and EPA Directors

The Senate will host confirmation hearings this week for two more members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet with significant influence over water, agriculture, and energy management in the United States.

The Stream, April 8: Colorado Farmers and Cities Compete for Water

Farmers in Colorado are struggling to afford the distribution costs of irrigation water in the state during this drought season. Cities bought agricultural water rights for decades and sold the excess back to farmers, NPR reported, but farmers are left dry in drought years. Toxicity An underground storage pool at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant […]

The Stream, April 4: Study Finds Flawed Fish Ladders on U.S. Dams

Queens College professor John Waldman took to Yale Environment 360 to argue that fish ladders, designed to help fish follow migratory routes interrupted by dams, do not work as advertised. He reports on the results of a study of a group of species in three northeastern U.S. rivers. Turkey-Cyprus Water Sharing Construction is underway on […]

The Stream, April 1: Harvard Researcher: China’s Water Woes Will Continue Despite Water Transfer Project

The first phase of China’s South-North Water Transfer Project will be completed this month. Harvard University research fellow Scott Moore argues in The New York Times that despite the project’s unparalleled engineering achievement, it cannot increase supply enough to alleviate China’s overall supply woes. Read Circle of Blue’s coverage of the North-South Transfer Project here. […]

The Stream, March 28: Protected U.S. Fish Species Showing Signs of Recovery

Of the fish species closely monitored by NOAA for dangerous depletion, two thirds have recovered or are rebuilding. The results are encouraging, National Geographic reported, but management plans implemented over the past 10 to 15 years have still left one third of the monitored species at low levels. State-Level Water Management Some in southern New […]

The Stream, March 25: China’s Coal Plants Face a Water Crisis

A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report is the latest to predict severe water-related challenges for China’s coal-production sector. Sixty percent of China’s power plants are in the north, GigaOm reported, relying on only 20 percent of the country’s freshwater reserves. That spells trouble for power companies as they face financial losses from the Chinese government’s […]

Washington Water Main, March 22: Infrastructure Bill and Interior Secretary Nomination Moving Quickly to Senate Floor

This week, committees within the Senate passed a $US 20 billion water-infrastructure bill and Sally Jewell’s candidacy for Interior Secretary. The next step for both will be a vote on the Senate floor.

The Stream, March 21: Cities Competing for Colorado River Water

Phoenix and Los Angeles are emblematic of growing municipal-use strains on the Colorado River. Jennifer Pitt, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Colorado River Project director, outlines the conflict in National Geographic and recommended solutions. Research and Reputation A prestigious German research center halted its oil sands environmental work, citing fears that their reputation could be harmed. […]

The Stream, March 18: Low Water Levels Projected for Months in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron

Average water levels in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and other Great Lakes are projected to hover two feet below long-term averages through August caused primarily by extended drought and hot-weather expedited evaporation. That harsh reality, USA Today reported, continues to threaten economic activity of all kinds. From Drought, Fire Two wildfires flared in Northern Colorado […]