Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, August 2: Senate Begins Infrastructure Bill Debate

The Rundown Senators release details of their infrastructure deal. The EPA offers grant funding to research public acceptance of recycled water. The EPA also prepares to strengthen pollution limits for coal-fired power plants and outlines its plan for defining waterways protected by the Clean Water Act. A watchdog agency says FEMA should make better use […]

Constant, Compounding Disasters Are Exhausting Emergency Response

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether.

Federal Water Tap, June 28: Infrastructure Deal Details Yet to Emerge

The Rundown Ten senators settled on an infrastructure package. A federal watchdog says that the Defense Department should report more information to Congress on PFAS cleanup costs. The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with an environmental impact statement for the Line 5 oil pipelines, in northern Michigan. Three water-related bills move out of the […]

Drought, The Everything Disaster

When water stops flowing, painful days are at hand.

Federal Water Tap, June 21: Klamath Dam Removal Takes Another Step Forward

The Rundown The administrative preparations for the country’s largest dam removal clear another hurdle. The EPA delays the effective date of the Lead and Copper Rule revisions. A House subcommittee approves bills related to household water debt and PFAS contamination. Federal energy regulators will undertake a new environmental assessment of the Mountain Valley natural gas […]

As a Hot, Dry Summer Begins in California, More Water Wells Are Failing

Government agencies and nonprofit groups are preparing for difficult months ahead.

Federal Water Tap, June 14: Biden Administration Will Rewrite Trump-Era Clean Water Act Rule

The Rundown The EPA and Army Corps will take yet another attempt at defining what waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. Senators propose $10 billion to test for and clean up PFAS contamination at Defense Department sites. A House committee advances a wastewater infrastructure bill. Federal agencies and local partners aim for a […]

Feds Release First Slice of Water Bill Assistance Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services released $166.6 million in federal funds for the new, Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).

Marine Blooms of Harmful Algae Increasing in Europe, Much of the Americas

Brett WaltonBrett 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 […]

Federal Water Tap, June 7: First Slice of Low-Income Water Bill Assistance Funds Available

The Rundown The Department of Health and Human Services released $166.6 million in funding for a low-income water bill assistance program. Negotiations on an infrastructure package continue. The EPA determines that a proposed mine in northern Minnesota may affect downstream waters, opening the mine to a legal challenge. And lastly, runoff in the upper Missouri […]

Amid Dire Colorado River Outlook, States Plan to Tap Their Lake Mead Savings Accounts

Brett WaltonBrett 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 […]

Federal Water Tap, June 1: EPA Will Revise Water Permitting Tied to Pipelines, Fuel Export

The Rundown The EPA says it will revise Trump-era changes to Clean Water Act permitting that centered on energy infrastructure. Senate Republicans increase water spending in their infrastructure counteroffer. The House Natural Resources Committee gets an update on drought conditions in the western states. The Bureau of Reclamation cuts Central Valley Project water allocations in […]