The Global Rundown Pakistan accuses India of using water as a weapon amid conflict over the Kashmir region. Records show that Detroit, Michigan, has shut off water at nearly 12,000 homes this year. Steady rainfall finally reaches Chennai, India. Drought-stricken Zambia says it will not “beg” for aid. Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico will face their […]
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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 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 […]
The Rundown The EPA says that all groundwater pollution is excluded from Clean Water Act permitting, even if it eventually flows into regulated waters. President Trumps signs a bill authorizing a Colorado River conservation plan, while a water rights settlement introduced in the Senate would allow more water to be withdrawn upstream in the basin, […]
The Imperial Irrigation District, an influential agency on the Colorado River, sued to halt a basinwide drought plan.
The Rundown NOAA scientists warn of “potentially unprecedented” spring floods in the Mississippi River watershed. The Colorado River basin states submit water conservation plans to Congress and prepare to testify in hearings this week. FEMA approves flood disaster declarations for Iowa and Nebraska. The EPA proposes 20 chemicals as a high priority for risk evaluations. […]
What’s Up with Water, your “need-to-know news” of the world’s water. We begin with a quick survey of water stories around the globe. There are increasing quantities of antibiotics and other medicines in rivers and lakes worldwide. That’s according to a study led by Radboud University in the Netherlands. Researchers estimated pharmaceutical concentrations with the […]
The Global Rundown Rising seas and more frequent floods during high tide are reducing home values along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The leader of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations calls for investment in water infrastructure and new national laws to secure safe water for indigenous communities. After a series of storms, California’s snowpack […]
Having gained an endorsement from its members, a tribe with one of the largest and most secure claims to water in the Colorado River basin will seek approval from Congress to lease water for use off of its riverside reservation.
State of the State speeches highlight diverse budget and policy goals.
What are the trends and the disruptions we saw in 2018, and what’s ahead for 2019 and beyond?
What was water in the United States this year? For one, it was visible — and vividly so.