E&W Blog

March 3, 2016

Money Alone Will Not Solve Our Nation's Water Problems

Fewell’s Focus: Making the Right Decision Reprinted from Water & Wastes Digest By Brent Fewell Wed, 2016-03-02 09:54 Money alone will not solve our nation’s water problems As is true for many, I have been following closely the tragic public health crisis that has unfolded in Flint, Mich., and devastated so many families. The fallout […]
February 29, 2016

U.S. EPA's New Policy in Response to Flint Michigan – When in Doubt, Elevate Critical Public Health Issues

Many who have followed the crisis and debacle in Flint, Michigan, recognize that part of the failure is being blamed on the U.S. EPA for acting too slowly.  As a former senior EPA water regulator, I am sympathetic to the argument that EPA should as a matter of good policy and governance be deferential to […]
February 27, 2016

Earth & Water Joins Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Businesses for the Bay "B4B" to Promote Restoration of the Bay

Earth & Water Group is excited to join as a founding member of Businesses for the Bay (B4B), an inspiring new initiative by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay that encourages businesses within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take voluntary and measurable actions to support protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and help the public understand the […]
February 25, 2016

Earth & Water Appoints Carl Artman, Former Interior Head of Indian Affairs, to Advisory Board

Press Release February 25, 2016 Carl Artman appointed to Earth & Water Group’s Advisory Board Earth & Water Group announced this week the appointment of Carl Artman. According to Brent Fewell, Chairman of Earth & Water Group, “We are extremely excited to have Carl join our Board. Carl is one of the nation’s leading lawyers […]
February 23, 2016

Earth & Water Group Kicks off Impact Discussion Series on Water Reforms

Earth & Water Group, co-hosted with GW University’s Environmental & Energy Management Institute (EEMI), kicked off the first in a series of impact discussions on February 18 with the inaugural event focused on the opportunities and challenges for public private partnerships (P3s) and private capital in the water sector.  Water leaders, including Tracy Mehan (AWWA), […]
February 20, 2016

U.S. EPA Charts Course for Enforcement Priorities by Adding Two New Initiatives – Drinking Water Not Included

EPA announced this past week the agency’s enforcement priorities for FY 2017 – 2019.   The first two initiatives are new and the third will be expanded from past years. 1. Keeping Industrial Pollutants Out of the Nation’s Waters (new initiative) 2. Reducing Risks of Accidental Releases at Industrial and Chemical Facilities (new initiative) 3. […]
February 19, 2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalize Rule Protecting Northern Long-Eared Bat

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services recently finalized a rule that provides greater flexibility for development and commercial activities that potentially impact the threatened northern long-eared bat. The final rule can be found here, 4(d) Rule For the Northern Long-Eared Bat, in the January 14 Fed. Reg. notice.   The final rule considers several key factors […]
February 19, 2016

NAWC Condemns Food & Water Watch's Use of Flint to Continue its Campaign Against Private Water

In a written statement this week, Michael Deane, Executive Director of National Association of Water Companies, condemns Food & Water Watch, who continues to wage its propaganda war against private water companies. Statement on FWW Report for Detroit News Michael Deane, Executive Director of NAWC Food & Water Watch has clearly demonstrated it is a […]
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 […]