Groundwater in Michigan is “compromised and deteriorated.”
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About Brett Walton
Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton
Entries by Brett Walton
Contamination of the food-supply chain in Michigan in the 1970s was one of the worst mass poisonings in U.S. history. The events still resonate today.
The state relies on backyard sewage treatment more than most.
Ottawa County leaders recognize the need to act on groundwater.
The Rundown The GAO investigates what is known about the number of lead pipes into homes — and finds no reliable national number. The EPA announces grants to test drinking water in schools and day cares for lead. Federal agencies compile data and images on Hurricane Florence while the EPA assesses damage at Superfund sites. […]
When reservoirs drop, cities turn to groundwater. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Travel funding for this story came from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting CAPE TOWN, South Africa — In the mountains east of the city, just beyond the curving road up Sir Lowry’s Pass, workers maneuver heavy machinery to stab at the […]
The Rundown A federal appeals court further muddies the question of groundwater and the Clean Water Act. The House passes a big water infrastructure package. Near the end of the session, a gusher of water-related bills in the House. An EPA environmental justice advisory committee makes water infrastructure recommendations. The EPA adds five sites to […]
The Rundown The U.S. Forest Service reopens land in northern Minnesota near a wilderness area for mining. A House subcommittee’s PFAS hearing discusses drinking water regulation. FERC sets environmental review schedules for a dozen LNG export terminals. The Trump administration revokes funds for Colorado River research programs. The Interior Department seeks comments on potential changes […]
The Rundown The EPA wants to reduce by one-quarter the number of drinking water systems with health-based violations by 2020. The EPA has not initiated a Columbia River basin restoration program that Congress ordered, the GAO finds. The EPA also has not finished a plan for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines on Navajo Nation lands. […]
The Rundown The EPA must revise sections of its rule guiding coal ash disposal, a federal appeals court says. A Senate hearing investigates response to potential Great Lakes oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. The Trump administration aims to send more water to Central Valley farmers. The Bureau of Reclamation leases Colorado River basin […]
The Rundown District judges weigh in on Clean Water Rule and Keystone XL pipeline. Bureau of Reclamation forecasts show that a lower Colorado River shortage declaration is likely in 2020. The U.S. government commits $350 million for a water supply project in Mongolia’s capital. The U.S. Supreme Court appoints a new special master to oversee […]
The Rundown Commerce Department tries to facilitate water for firefighting in California, even if it’s not needed. The Army Corps opens a national levee database to the public and attempts to expand state permitting authority for the Clean Water Act. The USGS reports on nutrient flows in the Chesapeake Bay and algal toxins in Florida. […]