Four International Water Stories to Watch in 2021

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What are the large water events to pay attention to in 2021? What are the trends and flashpoints?

HotSpots H2O: River Dredging Near Chernobyl Risks Radioactive Water Contamination

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Eight million people in Ukraine are in danger of drinking contaminated water due to the construction of an inland shipping route.

In Trump Administration’s Final-Days Deregulatory Push, Army Corps Reduces Stream Protections

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The Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule on January 4 that further retracts federal protections for the nation’s smallest streams.

Years After Flint Water Crisis, Lead Lingers in School Buildings

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In its 2021 budget, Congress included millions for lead testing in schools, where children are still exposed to the toxic metal.

India Has Water for Its Economic Plans – If Farms Can Be More Thrifty

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India’s farmers are key to the country’s industrial future, a think-tank report finds.

Four U.S. Water Stories to Watch in 2021

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The upheaval of last year will set the stage for the next 12 months.
Flint Michigan drinking water plant J Carl Ganter infrastructure

HotSpots H2O: Minnesota Pipeline Opponents File Federal Lawsuit to Halt Construction

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Two Minnesota Ojibwe communities and two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the Line 3 oil pipeline in order to halt construction in that state.

EPA Revises Rules for Lead in Drinking Water

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EPA strengthens some provisions but does not take the bigger…

Congress Adds $638 Million in Water-Bill Debt Relief to Coronavirus Package

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People who are behind on their water and sewer bills because of the pandemic will be getting some help from Congress. But questions remain about how the funds will be distributed for the first-ever federal water-bill assistance program.

Where Are Lead Service Lines? Look for Older Homes and Poverty

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The GAO, a watchdog agency that works for Congress, concluded that the EPA has not met the requirements of a 2016 law intended to improve the agency’s public communication of lead pipe risks.