E&W Blog

March 18, 2016

AWWA's David LaFrance's Advocates Bold New Steps Needed to Get the Lead Out

By David LaFrance CEO, American Water Works Association If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground. That’s why the board of the American Water Works Association – recognizing our first core principle […]
March 17, 2016

EPA Chief and Michigan Governor on the Hot Seat Over Flint Michigan

Today, Governor Snyder and EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, appeared before the House Oversight committee on events that unfolded in Flint Michigan that contributed to the city’s water crisis.  Needless to say, finger pointing and recriminations ruled the day. I had the opportunity this week to present to members of the National Association of Clean Water […]
March 16, 2016

Lawmakers lash out at key figures in Flints Crisis

By Timothy Cama – 03/15/16 04:52 PM EDT Reposted from The Hill Lawmakers of both parties took the opportunity Tuesday to lash out at key local, state and federal officials for their roles in the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis.As the former Flint mayor, state-appointed emergency manager and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official in […]
March 15, 2016

EPA Chief Blasts Michigan DEQ as Failed Co-Regulator in Flint Water Crisis

This week, EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy, who will testify before the House Oversight committee on Thursday, made a preemptive strike, blasting the state of Michigan as a failed state environment partner in Flint.  The WashPo op-ed titled “Michigan evaded the EPA on Flint. We can’t let that happen elsewhere” goes like this. This week, I […]
March 14, 2016

EPA Announces Opening of Nominations for 2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

EPA is now accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. EPA, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. The program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who bring innovative approaches to environmental […]
March 10, 2016

Department of Interior Taps Jeff Klein as Executive Director of new Natural Resource Investment Center

The U.S. Department of Interior announced this week its decision to tap Jeff Klein to be the Executive Director of the new Natural Resource Investment Center.  Martin Doyle, who is on sabbatical from Duke University’s Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute, will support Klein and the Interior’s efforts to energize and leverage new investments to improve […]
March 8, 2016

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul for a Glass of Water – Everyone Loses

Flint’s other water crisis: Money A municipal cash crunch has long burdened the city’s residents and laid the groundwork for its lead crisis. By ANNIE SNIDER 03/07/16 05:43 PM EST Updated 03/07/16 08:56 PM EST Re-posted from Politico FLINT, Mich. — Even before lead began pouring from the spigots in this hollowed-out former General Motors […]
March 7, 2016

Don't Miss Out on Water Week 2016 – Register Now

Registration is open at www.waterweek.us for the National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo (April 11-13, 2016) in Washington D.C.  The event is presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the WateReuse Association. This year’s program will feature distinguished speakers, […]
March 6, 2016

Virginia Tech Professor Discusses Flint Water Crisis on C-SPAN

Professor Marc Edwards, who brought attention to the Flint water crisis, sheds more light here on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, March 1, 2016.  The Professor, an environmental and water resource engineer by training, reserves his harshest criticism for State environmental bureaucrats who, according to Edwards, tried to cover over how bad the situation really was. http://
March 5, 2016

The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan

The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan By now, most everyone has been following the public health crisis that has unfolded in the community of Flint, Mich. For over a year now, the citizens of Flint have been drinking water with significantly elevated lead levels, raising serious concerns about the impacts of lead exposure […]