Entries by Brett Walton

Costs of Water Pollution, a Global Scourge, ‘Underestimated and Underappreciated’

A new World Bank report highlights the extensive damage to health, ecosystems, and economies due to water pollution.

Federal Water Tap, September 9: House Members Request ‘Strong Package’ of PFAS Provision in Defense Bill

The Rundown The Congressional PFAS Task Force and others ask House and Senate negotiators to maintain provisions to respond to PFAS contamination. The EPA seeks comments on a cap-and-trade system for meeting water pollution targets. An Army Corps official presses Congress to fund a Missouri River basin flood management study. A California water district proposes […]

Houston Agrees to $2 Billion Sewer Fix

Houston, the largest city in Texas is the latest to face a federal order to plug a leaky sewer system. Fewer such orders may be coming.

Federal Water Tap, September 3: Houston Agrees to $2 Billion Consent Decree to Patch Sewer System

The Rundown One of the nation’s largest municipal sewage systems will spend big to control overflows. Nebraska and Wyoming farmers affected by the collapse of an irrigation tunnel in July are eligible for federal crop insurance payments, a USDA agency determines. The Department of Housing and Urban Development issues guidelines for how Louisiana can spent […]

As Seas Rise, Unchecked Groundwater Use Sinks Coastal Cities

Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks.

Federal Water Tap, August 26: Congress Gets Water Lessons on Summer Break

The Rundown Great Lakes senators learn about water issues in their home states while Congress is on summer break. U.S. Geological Survey researchers quantify the benefits of prairie and wetland restoration in western Minnesota and test urban stormwater runoff for chemicals. The U.S. Agency for International Development signs a collaborative agreement with its Israeli counterpart […]

Risks to Groundwater in India’s Solar Irrigation Pump Expansion

Cheap solar power, widely available, could worsen India’s already depleted aquifers.

Report: Updated Laws and Collaboration Needed to Control Legionnaires’ Disease, America’s Deadliest Waterborne Illness

A National Academies report has identified deficiencies in plumbing and building codes, policies, and research to prevent the spread of Legionella.

Federal Water Tap, August 19: First Mandatory Colorado River Basin Cutbacks

The Rundown A Bureau of Reclamation reservoir forecast triggers the first mandatory cutbacks in Colorado River water use for Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico. EPA scientists who objected to a Pebble Mine environmental review are overruled by political appointees. The USGS evaluates how concentrated animal feeding operations in eastern North Carolina affect water quality. A California […]

The Next Urban Water Crisis? Inadequate Data Clouds the Forecast

What is the next center of population and commerce to be roiled by a severely constricted water supply?

Federal Water Tap, August 12: EPA Proposes Limiting Use of Clean Water Act to Review Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

The Rundown EPA aims to change Clean Water Act provisions that allow states to grant water quality permits. Federal watchdog agency will investigate the management of Lake Ontario water levels, which reached record highs this summer and flooded lakeshore properties. The EPA’s internal watchdog finds that the agency exceeded the deregulatory targets in a 2017 […]

Amid Rising Water Rates, Massachusetts Cities Have Inequitable Affordability Policies, Report Finds

Policies favor homeowners, according to Northeastern University study.