Entries by Brett Walton

The Year in Water, 2022

Sharpening the Shark’s Teeth

Federal Water Tap, December 12: Lawmakers Finalize Water Resources Development Bill

The Rundown Lawmakers reach a deal on the next Water Resources Development Act. The CDC releases new guidance for investigating cancer clusters linked to environmental hazards. The EPA issues new guidance for reducing PFAS discharges in wastewater. A bill in the House would limit attorney fees for Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. The Army Corps […]

Federal Water Tap, December 5: For Tribes, White House Promises Climate Relocation Funding, Water Pollution Standards

The Rundown At a White House summit, the Biden administration pledges financial and regulatory support for tribal nations. The EPA proposes increasing the amount of biofuels in the nation’s energy supply through 2025. The Justice Department proposes an independent operator for the Jackson, Mississippi, water system. The Interior Department allocates $250 million for Salton Sea […]

The Stream, November 30, 2022: Activists in France Clash with Armed Guards at Proposed Reservoir Sites

Planned reservoirs in France’s farming regions are the site of protests and military protection.

Federal Water Tap, November 28: EPA Determines Pennsylvania Will Not Meet Chesapeake Bay Pollution-Reduction Goal

The Rundown Because Pennsylvania will miss a 2025 deadline for Chesapeake Bay improvements, the EPA will continue stricter oversight of the state’s polluters. The DHHS office that oversees water and energy bill assistance will collect demographic data on grant recipients. Federal agencies release a draft environmental review of Tijuana River sewage projects. The Biden administration […]

The Stream, November 23, 2022: Behind the Scenes at Qatar’s World Cup, Vast Water-Making Apparatus Must Keep Country Hydrated

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN The 2022 World Cup kicked off in Qatar amid concerns of water shortages and the environmental impact of large-scale desalination. On the final day of COP27, nations agreed to establish a “loss and damage fund” for countries most vulnerable to climate change. Another worker died in Indonesia during construction of a dam […]

Federal Water Tap, November 21: Klamath Dam Removal Approved by Energy Regulator

The Rundown The nation’s largest dam removal clears a major hurdle by gaining federal approval. Senate committees advance tribal water rights legislation and water-related bills. The EPA Office of the Inspector General begins three audits: Jackson’s drinking water troubles, lead drinking water pipes, and compliance with public notification laws for lead in drinking water. The […]

The Stream, November 16, 2022: UN Climate Summit Hosts First ‘Water Day’ at COP27

At the UN climate summit, world leaders hear the importance of water in climate response.

Federal Water Tap, November 14: Lake Erie Pollution Limit Would Be Required by Proposed Consent Decree

The Rundown The EPA proposes a Lake Erie pollution settlement. The EPA also announces funding for children’s health research in rural farm communities. President Biden reveals climate adaptation funds at UN summit. FEMA outlines the claims process for damages from New Mexico’s largest wildfire. And lastly, NOAA hosts a webinar on Mississippi River drought conditions. […]

New Satellite Will See Water’s Big Picture

SWOT mission aims to fill global gaps in key water data.

2022 Election Recap: Landslide Victory for Florida City’s ‘Right to Clean Water’ Amendment

Voters approved most water-related initiatives on the November 8 ballot.

The Stream, November 9: Aftermath of Drought and Flood Hurts Children in Kenya, Pakistan

Extreme weather fueled by a warming planet is devastating children in Kenya and Pakistan.