Entries by Brett Walton

Will Water Unite Us?

Water enjoys support that crosses political parties. Will it be a source of bipartisan collaboration in a time of divided politics?

What the Biden Administration Might Mean For Water

What does a Biden administration might mean for federal water policy?

Federal Water Tap, November 30: Army Corps Rejects Contested Pebble Mine

The Rundown A National Intelligence Council memo finds water risks giving rise to economic stress and political instability. The Army Corps denies a permit for a mine in the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The Army Corps also grants a permit for replacing an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota and withdraws from a project to […]

Federal Water Tap, November 23: Contaminated Water at Former Air Force Base in Michigan Poses Bigger Risks

The Rundown A federal health agency updates its analysis of the health risks from contaminated water at a former Air Force base in northeastern Michigan. Senate Republicans released their fiscal year 2021 spending plans. Federal agencies agree to cooperate on invasive freshwater mussels. The Bureau of Reclamation releases a supplemental analysis of a proposal to […]

As Global Poverty Rises, USAID Plans for Covid-Altered World

Ensuring that water, sanitation, and hygiene are threaded throughout the agency’s programs is key, observers say.

North Carolina Panel Designates Financially Distressed Water and Sewer Systems

North Carolina officials took a decisive step in a years-long process to identify financially struggling water and sewer providers and assist them in a transition toward financial stability and reliable service.

Federal Water Tap, November 16: Federal Reserve Warns of Financial Instability from Climate Change

The Rundown The nation’s central bank says to watch out for market crashes linked to a warming planet. The Army Corps proposes a rule change that would shrink federal stream protections. The EPA finalizes a rule that allows electric utilities more options for handling coal ash waste. USAID posts its list of high-priority countries for […]

Overlooked Army Corps Rulemaking Would Shrink Federal Stream Protections

Conservation groups and state regulators are alarmed by proposed changes to nationwide permits that authorize construction across streams and wetlands.

California Water Board Collects Data on Household Water Debt, Utility Finances

More people are behind on their water bills because of the pandemic. State regulators in California want to know how many and how far behind.

Federal Water Tap, November 9: Reclamation Approves California Canal Repair

The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation completes an environmental review for fixing a sagging irrigation canal in California’s Central Valley. The Army Corps will suspend a Clean Water Act permit for a petrochemical facility in Louisiana. The speaker of the House discusses Democratic priorities in the next Congress. And lastly, the U.S. Geological Survey plans […]

2020 Election Recap: Florida County Overwhelmingly Supports Granting Legal Rights to Rivers

Voters approved water-related measures in several states.

U.S., Mexico Sign Rio Grande Water Agreement

U.S. and Mexican officials settled a water dispute that had been simmering for several months and led to protests by Mexican farmers concerned about water access.