Entries by Brett Walton

Congress on Track to Approve Millions More in Federal Funding for Water Debt Relief

First-ever federal program for household water-bill assistance could see another $500 million.

Federal Water Tap, February 22: Biden Declares Major Disaster in Texas

The Rundown Federal agencies respond to the winter storm in Texas. Speaker Pelosi says that a House committee will investigate the shortcomings of Texas’s energy infrastructure. President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan works its way through Congress and includes more money for household water debt relief. The EPA approved Texas’s request to oversee its […]

Speaking of Water: How Can the Biden Administration Deliver on Environmental Justice Pledges?

The Biden administration wants to correct a legacy of pollution and under-investment in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Texas Winter Storm Cripples Power, Water Systems

Electric outages result in cuts to water service across the state of Texas.

The Pandemic’s Unequal Impact on North Carolina Water Utilities and Their Customers

A new report depicts the financial challenges of providing water service in unprecedented times.

Federal Water Tap, February 15: After Florida Hacking, Cybersecurity Officials Warn Utilities About Vulnerabilities

The Rundown Federal agencies issue an assessment of the cyberattack on a Florida water treatment plant. A Senate committee advances the nomination of Michael Regan to be EPA administrator. EPA adds climate change data to its environmental justice screening tool. NOAA submits a report to Congress on improving short-term weather forecasts. And lastly, the Bureau […]

High Demand for New Michigan Water Infrastructure Grants

A new grant program in Michigan to rid drinking water systems of contaminants is proving to be quite popular.

Federal Water Tap, February 8: Idaho Republican Unveils Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan

The Rundown An Idaho Republican proposes a $33.5 billion initiative to breach dams in the Snake River basin, help salmon, and invest in the regional economy. A Senate committee holds a confirmation hearing for President Biden’s pick to lead the EPA. Senators team up for bipartisan bills on rural water assistance and tribal water infrastructure. […]

EPA Nominee Regan Touts Collaboration during Senate Confirmation Hearing

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator would seek “common ground” if confirmed in the federal role.

U.S. Civil Rights Commission Advisers File Report on Water Inequity in Massachusetts

A new report approaches water access and affordability as civil rights issues.

Federal Water Tap, February 1: House Democrats Renew Push for Water-Bill Aid

The Rundown House Democrats propose $1.5 billion to help low-income households with water and sewer bills. A congressional task force outlines its PFAS priorities for the Biden administration. The president’s executive order on climate change establishes an interagency council on environmental justice. U.S. Geological Survey researchers look at the relationship between rainfall and streams in […]

Speaking of Water: China’s Water Challenges in 2021

Both at home and abroad, water will play a significant role in China’s policy decisions in 2021.