Entries by Brett Walton

Federal Water Tap, July 16: FEMA Notes Failures In 2017 Hurricane Response

The Rundown Emergency response agency was not prepared for three major hurricanes. NOAA forecasts a smaller Lake Erie algal bloom than last year. Senate Democrats introduce a bill to provide water infrastructure aid and quicker water quality testing for rural, minority, and tribal communities. The House passes a bill to simplify the process of transferring […]

Federal Water Tap, July 9: Pruitt Resigns as EPA Leader

The Rundown New leadership at the EPA. New Hampshire senators urge immediate action on PFAS. CDC official steps down from Legionella standards committee. And lastly, there are a bunch of meetings on the calendar: the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosts its third meeting on reducing Legionella risk in water systems, the EPA […]

Federal Water Tap, July 2: Supreme Court Sends Back Florida v. Georgia Water Case

The Rundown More investigation needed in Florida v. Georgia lawsuit. Federal authorities issue strong warning about Colorado River water supply risk. Pruitt seeks changes in EPA veto authority under Clean Water Act. The CDC links an E. coli outbreak spread through romaine lettuce to irrigation water in Arizona. The EPA grants Oklahoma authority to oversee […]

Federal Water Tap, June 25: PFAS Chemicals Harmful at Lower Levels, Health Agency Says

The Rundown PFAS study provides risk levels for four manmade chemicals. White House proposes massive reorganization of executive branch duties. EPA takes no additional steps to keep oil and chemical spills out of waterways. U.S. water withdrawals continue to decline. Trump executive order focuses on energy resources of Great Lakes and oceans. EPA outlines water […]

Federal Water Tap, June 18: Reclamation Begins Gila River Diversion EIS

The Rundown Reclamation will review environmental effects of controversial New Mexico water project. Watchdog agency warns Reclamation about insider threats to dam security. Farm Bill passes out of Senate committee. EPA moves forward with WOTUS rule replacement. GAO says that some tribes struggle to operate and maintain water and wastewater systems built by federal grants. […]

Federal Water Tap, June 11: Water Affordability Bill Introduced in Congress

The Rundown California senator champions a water affordability bill. The EPA wants to reassess cost-benefit analysis. Defense spending authorization bill addresses firefighting chemicals and military water use. The House passes an Army Corps authorization while a committee moves forward an EPA spending bill. The TVA changes how it manages coal ash at one of its […]

Federal Water Tap, June 4: Regulators Approve Expert Panel to Guide Klamath Dam Removal

The Rundown Columbia River Treaty talks begin. More deaths in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Energy regulators approve an expert committee to guide Klamath dam removal. Federal climate change spending is undercounted, GAO finds. EPA watchdogs note progress in Atlanta’s sewer repairs, but the city still is not complying with spill permits. […]