Entries by Brett Walton

Colorado River Water Use in Three States Drops to 40-Year Low

Arizona, California, and Nevada take less water from the struggling river.

Federal Water Tap, June 10: Researchers Estimate Lithium in U.S. Groundwater

The Rundown USGS researchers use computer models to map lithium, unregulated in drinking water, in groundwater. Montana senators introduce a bill to amend the Crow Tribe water rights settlement. FERC attempts to clarify water quality permitting process for energy projects. Army Corps has $120 million to raise homes in southwest Louisiana against floods. And lastly, […]

Federal Water Tap, June 3: EPA Proposal Aims for Structural Change in U.S. Drinking Water Sector

The Rundown Proposed EPA rule, by targeting structural problems, aims at the root of utility drinking water violations. Report shows Colorado River water use in three lower basin states drops to four-decade low. IRS proposal would allow new hydropower generation access to federal clean electricity tax credits. Reclamation allocates hundreds of millions for water reuse, […]

Federal Water Tap, May 28: EPA Alerts Water Utilities to Inadequate Cybersecurity Protections

The Rundown EPA finds that most water utilities it inspected have deficient cybersecurity. Feds settle with Norfolk Southern over toxic releases from East Palestine train derailment. Defense Department funds research into water and extreme weather to inform its strategic planning. EPA will hold a public meeting on its water affordability needs assessment. Today is the […]

Federal Water Tap, May 20: EPA Estimates Wastewater Funding Needs over Next Two Decades

The Rundown Some $630 billion is needed for sewage treatment and stormwater control. A bill in Congress would require a report on efforts to engage with Canada on nuclear waste disposal in the Great Lakes basin. EPA announces the first meeting of an advisory committee that will recommend ways to address water pollution from animal […]

Wildfire Rampage Injures Lungs in the Great Lakes

People are unprepared for smoke from forest fires worsened by intense drought and heat.

Federal Water Tap, May 13: Army Corps Eyes New Lake-Dredging Technique for Kansas Reservoir Filling with Sediment

The Rundown Army Corps plans to evaluate a novel dredging project in a Kansas reservoir. Bureau of Reclamation finalizes a two-year water management plan for main Colorado River reservoirs. Texas senators introduce Rio Grande legislation. Reclamation awards $148 million for drought resiliency projects in the western states. Ohio county and city sue EPA over Lake […]

Federal Water Tap, May 6: White House Issues Cybersecurity Memo for Critical Infrastructure

The Rundown Protecting water systems and other critical infrastructure is the heart of a Biden administration cybersecurity plan. EPA memo details requirements for states and tribes when using federal funds to replace lead drinking water pipes. EPA moves to protect tribal fishing rights when states set water quality standards for rivers and lakes. FDA finalizes […]

Federal Water Tap, April 29: Coal Power Plant Pollution Limits and Wetlands Restoration Pledge

The Rundown Biden administration restricts power plant pollution and aims to restore millions of acres of wetlands. Federal health and weather agencies develop a tool to forecast heat risk to human health. Bureau of Reclamation finds insufficient river sediment to do a high-flow water release this spring from Glen Canyon Dam. Two federal agencies sign […]

Federal Water Tap, April 22: EPA Designates Two PFAS as Hazardous Substances

The Rundown EPA designation for PFOA and PFOS is meant to facilitate hazardous site cleanup. Water bills in Congress focus on shielding water utilities from PFAS cleanup costs, rural household water filters, and low-income water bill assistance. Biden administration releases a global health security strategy. CDC hosts its flagship disease detection conference this week with […]

Federal Water Tap, April 15: EPA Limits Six PFAS in Drinking Water

The Rundown EPA sets first national drinking water standards for PFAS. Justice Department finds Canadian energy company is “liable for trespass” in continuing to operate an oil pipeline on a northern Wisconsin tribe’s land. Department of Energy water research hub receives more funding to investigate water treatment technology. Justice Department also settles a Clean Water […]

Federal Water Tap, April 8: Western U.S. Snowpack Is High and Low

The Rundown Reclamation provides funds for tribal drinking water projects and solar panels at irrigation canals. EPA financial advisers will meet this week to discuss water affordability and federal infrastructure investment. States and tribes request extensions for spending household water bill assistance funds. Western mountain snowpack is a tale of two regions at the end […]