Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, August 19: First Mandatory Colorado River Basin Cutbacks

The Rundown A Bureau of Reclamation reservoir forecast triggers the first mandatory cutbacks in Colorado River water use for Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico. EPA scientists who objected to a Pebble Mine environmental review are overruled by political appointees. The USGS evaluates how concentrated animal feeding operations in eastern North Carolina affect water quality. A California […]

The Next Urban Water Crisis? Inadequate Data Clouds the Forecast

What is the next center of population and commerce to be roiled by a severely constricted water supply?

Federal Water Tap, August 12: EPA Proposes Limiting Use of Clean Water Act to Review Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

The Rundown EPA aims to change Clean Water Act provisions that allow states to grant water quality permits. Federal watchdog agency will investigate the management of Lake Ontario water levels, which reached record highs this summer and flooded lakeshore properties. The EPA’s internal watchdog finds that the agency exceeded the deregulatory targets in a 2017 […]

Amid Rising Water Rates, Massachusetts Cities Have Inequitable Affordability Policies, Report Finds

Policies favor homeowners, according to Northeastern University study.

Federal Water Tap, August 5: EPA Revokes Pebble Mine Veto

The Rundown The EPA, after criticizing an Army Corps environmental analysis, withdraws its veto of a controversial Alaska mine. Republican senators introduce a bill to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act. An upcoming draft revision of lead-in-drinking-water rules might ban partial lead service line replacements. Hurricane Barry reduces the size of the Gulf […]

Federal Water Tap, July 29: Defense Department Announces PFAS Task Force

The Rundown The new defense secretary’s initial action is to establish a task force to address toxic PFAS chemicals. Congress acts on a Florida harmful algal bloom bill and an energy-water bill, while representatives introduce legislation on water infrastructure investment, the Great Lakes, fracking chemicals, and sewage pollution on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Justice Department […]

U.S. Groundwater Wells Race Towards Bottom

Well depths are increasing across the United States, study finds.

Federal Water Tap, July 22: Two Major Water Regulations Await White House Approval

The Rundown A new Waters of the United States rule gets closer to completion, as do revised regulations for lead and copper in drinking water. The Army Corps will study flood-prevention in the back bays of Miami-Dade County. Congressional committees discuss corporate knowledge of PFAS toxicity, working waterfronts, and the costs of climate change. The […]

Plumbing Experts Question California’s Post-Fire Water Testing Guidance

Government agencies still defining their roles in post-fire water contamination.

Federal Water Tap, June 24: Senate Committee Approves PFAS Package

The Rundown PFAS package moves along in the Senate. The EPA inspector general opens investigation of a water permit issued for a Minnesota copper-nickel mine, while the VA’s watchdog criticizes Legionella management at a California hospital. USAID reports on its water and sanitation programs. A USDA agency finds that farmers are confused about water testing […]

Reservoirs in Parched Chennai, City of Millions, Are Dry. Can Better Forecasting Avert Future Crises?

The megacity in southern India, as it waits for the monsoon, is not the first to run short of water. It won’t be the last.

Chicago’s New Mayor, In Rare Move, Considers Water Shutoff Ban

Few cities have complete bans on the practice. But some restrict when water can be turned off and which residents are eligible.