Entries by Brett Walton

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, […]

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 […]