Entries by Brett Walton

Thirsty Cities Drill for Water

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 […]

Federal Water Tap, September 17: Appeals Court Says Dominion Coal Ash Ponds Not Regulated by Clean Water Act

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 […]

Federal Water Tap, September 10: Forest Service Reverses Proposed Obama-era Minnesota Mining Moratorium

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 […]

Federal Water Tap, August 27: EPA Coal Ash Rule Is Too Weak, D.C. Circuit Court Concludes

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 […]