water pollution

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 […]
August 31, 2016

State Blueprint Now Available for Water Quality Trading

The Association of Clean Water Administrators and Willamette Partnership this month released a toolkit for states who are interested in establishing water quality trading as a way to restore degraded waters.  Water quality trading is a market-based approached that can help to accelerate the restoration of water impaired by various pollutants, including excess nutrients from […]
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

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 […]
January 20, 2016

Brent Fewell discusses Flint water crisis and U.S. failing water infrastructure with CCTV host Elaine Reyes

November 15, 2015

Fewell's Focus: Markets & Bold Action

Reprinted from Water & Waste Digest Fri, 2015-11-06  EPA workshop explores expansion of water markets to accelerate watershed restoration As Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” This article by design will cover the spectrum of small- to big-mindedness, with the singular goal of advancing the […]