Water Quality

October 19, 2018

Court decision involving EPA temperature TMDL for Columbia and Snake Rivers has implications for climate change, warming waters, and species . . .

On October 18, the District Court for Western District of Washington rejected EPA’s motion for summary judgment arguing that the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq. did not require EPA to develop a temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Columbia and lower Snake River.  (court order linked here)  The Columbia […]
May 23, 2018

EPA proposes 4-step plan to regulate PFOAs in drinking water . . .

Administrator Pruitt Kicks Off National Leadership Summit on PFAS Announces EPA’s four-step plan WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt opened the National Leadership Summit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by announcing concrete steps the Agency plans to take following the Summit: EPA’s Four-Step Action Plan: EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need […]
April 18, 2018

Water Contamination Riskier for Companies in Wake of Rulings . . .

April 13, 2018 Water Contamination Riskier for Companies in Wake of Rulings From Environment & Energy Report Turn to the nation’s most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental… By Amena H. Saiyid Contaminating waterways with gasoline, chemicals, or sewage […]
April 13, 2018

4th Circuit Court Expands CWA “Conduit Theory” Liability

In a victory for environmentalists, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals handed Kinder Morgan a major defeat this week that has much wider implications for regulated entities under the evolving “conduit theory” of liability under the Clean Water Act.  4th Circuit Kinder Decision At issue in this case was whether an indirect discharge of a pollutant […]
October 22, 2017

According to New GAO Report, Market-Based Solutions to Address Water Pollution Need More Support

This week the Government Accountability Office issued a new report titled “Water Pollution:  Some States have Trading Programs to Help Address Nutrient Pollution, but Use Has Been Limited.” What GAO Found In 2014, 11 states had 19 nutrient credit trading programs, and trading provided flexibility for some point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants, to […]
October 13, 2017

Maryland Announces New Market-Based Approach to Accelerate Restoration of Chesapeake Bay

The Hogan Administration this week, under the leadership of Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Environment, released draft regulations encouraging market-based solutions to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  Significantly, the proposal would allow states to work together under an interstate trading provision to leverage greater opportunities to address interstate water pollution.  If […]
September 24, 2017

Rural Communities Contemplate the Costs and Benefits of Consolidating Water Systems

For CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division October 2017 When Rural Water Systems Combine Report (pdf version) When Rural Water Systems Combine Consolidation may offer benefits for the nation’s rural water industry, but it’s also triggered debate on its rationale, approaches and community impact Is consolidation in your water system’s future? Who should determine whether it’s the […]
August 11, 2017

The Internet of Water – Greater Federal Role Needed for Data Hubs and Backbone

There are many obstacles to improving water resource management in the U.S., ranging from fragmented federal and state policies and the myriad of institutional silos to the absence of a centralized resource “caretaker” and the lack of information.  However, now with the advent of big data and emerging technologies, there are increasing opportunities to produce […]
July 28, 2017

Bipartisan Efforts to Help Struggling Water Systems

Great bipartisan showing this week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to provide much needed assistance to communities struggling to maintain safe and affordable drinking water systems.  Kudus to Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, as well as subcommittee Chair, Rep. Shimkus, and Ranking Member, Rep. Tonko, and their personal and committee staff for […]
June 29, 2017

The Kentucky Story – How One State Solved its Water Fragmentation Problem

As the States, Congress, the Administration and civic leaders grapple with aging infrastructure and rising costs associated with maintaining the nation’s 53,000 community water systems there is an increased call for more partnerships and regionalization of America’s highly fragmented water sector.  The State of Kentucky, in particular, has been a leader in the consolidation process, […]