Entries by Brett Walton

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 The U.S. Geological Survey compiled a national map showing the depth from which groundwater is withdrawn for drinking water.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, […]

Federal Water Tap, November 22: Big Water Items in House-Approved Build Back Better Act

The Rundown The House, by a narrow margin, passed the Build Back Better Act that has billions for lead pipe removal, drinking water systems, and more. The EPA proposes reinstating the Clean Water Act definition that existed before 2015. Two federal agencies sign an order affirming their duty to protect the interests of Native American […]

Federal Water Tap, November 15: Justice Department Opens EJ Investigation of Sewage Pollution in Alabama

Justice Department investigators will scrutinize state and local health agencies in an Alabama county notorious for sewage failures.

Households Still Have Not Received Aid from New Federal Water Bill Assistance Program

A new federal assistance program is slow to launch.

Federal Water Tap, November 8: Lawmakers Attempt to Throttle Flood Insurance Increases…Plus, Infrastructure Bill Passes

The Rundown House lawmakers try to slow down federal flood insurance premium increases. The House passed an infrastructure package that includes a historic federal investment in water systems. Congressional Republicans introduce a bill that would narrowly define the scope of the Clean Water Act. The Bureau of Reclamation will not conduct a flood release this […]

2021 Election Recap: New York Voters Approve Clean Water Constitutional Amendment

High-profile water-related issues were also on the ballot in Maine, Boise, and Virginia Beach.

Federal Water Tap, November 1: Build Back Better Act Directs Billions for Lead Pipes and Other Water Concerns

The Rundown The compromise on the federal spending bill still includes significant water investments. The White House releases a report on international climate migration and the role of the U.S. government. Under a draft consent decree, the EPA agrees to a deadline for issuing new consumer confidence report rules. An EPA report finds that GenX, […]

2021 Election Preview: The Expensive Battle in Maine over Hydropower Imports

The second-most expensive campaign in Maine history is a debate over energy infrastructure.

2021 Election Preview: Two Cities, Facing Floods and Aridity, Eye Big Public Works

Boise and Virginia Beach ask voters to approve infrastructure plans that exceed a half-billion dollars.