E&W Blog

February 19, 2016

US EPA Didn't Respond Quickly Enough to Flint Drinking Water Crisis

Citing to a new CRS report, Amena Saiyid of Bloomberg BNA, reports that EPA Didn’t Enforce Flint Drinking Water Violations. By Amena H. Saiyid Feb. 17 — The Environmental Protection Agency did not use its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to enforce violations against the public water utility in Flint, Mich., despite being aware of the […]
February 19, 2016

NRDC Issues New Report Supporting Water Quality Trading to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

The NRDC issued this past week a new report titled “How to: Stormwater Trading Credit Programs.”  The report begins: When rain runs off impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, streets, and roofs, it collects a wide range of toxic pollutants, which are then dumped, usually untreated, into local waterways. With older “combined” sewer systems, the problem […]
February 19, 2016

Congress Moves Quickly to Address Failures in Flint Michigan Water Crisis

The House or Representatives has passed with overwhelming support, 416-2, a Bill to amend the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  The text of HR 4470, titled the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, can be found here.  The bill, if enacted, would require States to immediately notify the public if lead levels in […]
February 17, 2016

Drinking Water Experts Talk About Flint MI and Our Nation's Water Problems on The Diane Rehm Show

Erik Olson of NRDC, George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, and Jim Salzman, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at UCSB and UCLA, and author of “Drinking Water: A History,” talk about the problems in Flint and serious problems facing our nation’s water infrastructure more broadly.   Erik, George, and Jim do a […]
February 12, 2016

New Report by Stanford Researchers Develop Framework for Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Stanford researchers develop financing framework to fund critical freshwater projects Using lessons from the energy sector, Stanford researchers outline strategies to bring the nation’s water infrastructure into the 21st century. BY PAIGE MILLER Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment A new report by a team of researchers at Stanford University offers a framework to fund […]
February 12, 2016

Where Government has Failed, Disque Deane Jr. Believes Capitalism Offers an Elegant Solution – Water Markets

Liquid Assets by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Co-published with the Atlantic Feb. 9, 2016 ON A BRISK, CLOUDLESS DAY last January, Disque Deane Jr. stepped out of his SUV, kicked his cowboy boots in the dirt, and looked around. He had driven two hours from Reno on one of the loneliest stretches of interstate in the United […]
February 11, 2016

BIGLAW v. littlelaw – the future of legal practice is here.

5 Signs It’s Time To Ditch BigLaw For A Boutique Share us on: By Shayna Posses Law360, New York (February 10, 2016, 7:54 PM ET) — Leaving a behemoth firm for a boutique shop can be a scary proposition for attorneys who have been dreaming of BigLaw since that first frenzied 1L exam. But lawyers […]
February 11, 2016

Earth & Water is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Kieser to its Advisory Board

https://www.earthandwatergroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Kieser-Appointed-to-EW-Advisory-Board-Announcement.pdf
February 8, 2016

Is Flint Evidence of Government's Ineffectiveness in Regulating Government?

Linking to an article in today’s The Hill by two professors, one from Indiana University and the other from Texas A&M, who argue that the failure in Flint is due to the inability of government to regulate government.  Professors Konisky’s and Teodoro’s premise goes as follows: The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan is a spectacular […]
February 6, 2016

AWWA Creates a Resource for Those Concerned About Lead in Their Water

The American Water Works Association has created a website, Lead Resource Community, that provides enormously useful information for those homeowners and communities that are concerned about the quality of their drinking water.  Everything you need to know about lead service lines, EPA’s lead and copper rule, and corrosion control programs to what you need to […]