E&W Blog

September 30, 2017

States Champion Cooperative Federalism as New Environmental Paradigm

Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus years since major air, water and […]
September 27, 2017

Congress Thoughtfully Considers Improvements to Nation's Water Infrastructure

This week, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to discuss solutions to our nation’s aging water infrastructure, with a focus on wastewater and Clean Water Act provisions.   It was a productive and bipartisan hearing with deliberations on the need for more public and private investment, encouraging greater […]
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 […]
September 6, 2017

Improvements in Attribution Science may Inform Retrospective Analysis of Harvey

Oxford scientists are proceeding with a retrospective analysis of human influence on the severity of the extreme weather event in Texas and Louisiana. The last annual report issued as the Bulletin of Atmospheric and Meteorologic Society indicated that attribution science had improved – being able to attribute portions of, or intensity increases to, heat waves, wildfire and […]
August 31, 2017

EPA Watchdog to Investigate Compliance by Drinking Water Systems for Notifying Public of Unsafe Water

Further evidence that EPA remains serious about the safety and quality of the Nation’s drinking water systems, the Agency’s independent watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, has initiated a research project to assess the level of compliance by drinking water systems with the Safe Drinking Water Act’s requirement that such systems notify the public as required […]
August 28, 2017

Link Between Stronger Science and Climate Litigation Risks – New Report

Nature Geoscience‘s publishes ‘Acts of God, human influence and litigation‘ – a report, co-authored by Earth & Water Law Partner Lindene Patton, which looks at how developments in attribution science impact legal foreseeability of extreme weather events and the duties of built environment professionals, business and government in the face of a changing climate. Read More: New […]
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 […]
July 20, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O. on Infrastructure – Establishes Advisory Council

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ESTABLISHING A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INFRASTRUCTURE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as […]
July 18, 2017

Brother Can You Spare a Dime – Removing Barriers to Helping Those in Need of Water

We see and hear about it every day – painful personal stories from those who are unable to afford the basics in life, including water.   It is estimated that nearly 12% of Americans are unable to afford their current water bills, and there are studies suggesting that percentage is likely to continue to rise. […]