The Rundown In Central Asia, small-scale water conflicts flare frequently along the jigsaw borders that separate Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Sometimes, these disagreements turn deadly. Under Soviet rule, water-rich Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provided much of the water needed for the region’s agriculture, which is fed by canals that cross what are now international […]
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The Global Rundown Central Asia should prepare for scarce water supplies in the Amu Darya river basin this year, according to the president of Tajikistan. A drought in Africa has cut water flows over Victoria Falls to 30-year lows. Shutting off the water supply to New Delhi was a calculated move by protesters frustrated by […]
Water Scarcity Central Asian nations, as a region, have the highest per capita water use in the world but also the highest water use per dollar of gross domestic product, according to a report published in Nature, Eurasianet reported. The article concludes that water scarcity is not as much a problem as water waste in […]
Water Law The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by five U.S. states seeking an order requiring that additional steps be taken to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Reuters reported. Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including the monitoring of water quality, the European Commission […]
Peabody Energy Corp. will pursue a giant coal-mine project in China’s resource-rich but dry Xinjiang region in partnership with the local provincial government, The Wall Street Journal reported. A new study by the United States Forest Service found that a patch of national forest in West Virginia suffered quick and serious loss of vegetation after […]
Uzbekistan exits the regional energy grid and Tajikistan vows to complete world’s tallest dam.
Glacier mass in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains decreased 20 percent in the last 50 years, mostly in the last two decades.
After a harsh winter and intense spring flooding, the cities, towns, and villages of western Uzbekistan are facing a long hot summer with little water. The cyclic irony of their plight is present over much of Central Asia, where winter energy shortages forced hydroelectric reservoirs to be drained, only to leave the water sparse desert […]
While tensions over water access have existed for a while, a murder has made many Tajik women in Somoniyon anxious.
The Rundown The Trump administration wants to coordinate water-related activities in the cabinet agencies. The EPA finalizes two rules that relax requirements for coal ash disposal. The EPA and other agencies work to develop a national map showing which wetlands and streams are regulated under the Clean Water Act. CDC researchers contribute to a study […]
The Rundown House leadership elevates water infrastructure for the next stimulus bill. EPA Inspector General finds a large decline in agency inspections and enforcement actions since 2007. The Army Corps evaluates the spread of invasive zebra mussels in its districts. NASA develops groundwater and soil moisture forecasts. USDA allows delayed payments for rural water infrastructure […]
The Rundown Inspector general will assess the Defense Department’s response to toxic PFAS chemicals. The House approves lake and estuary legislation. Army Corps approves wetlands-for-sewage-treatment swap in Alaska. State Department officials discuss Central Asian hydropower initiative. The EPA’s survey of drinking water infrastructure funding needs will add new questions on lead service lines. And lastly, […]