"The area is due for a major hurricane, and it is not prepared. If a big one scores a direct hit, the damage would likely surpass Katrina."
Water & Oceans
"Oregon State University researcher John Chapman is knee-deep in mud and sinking deeper by the minute. The mudflat surrounding him in Newport’s Yaquina Bay is pocked with holes – some snaking down more than 6 feet underground."
"Intensifying rainfall linked with a warmer and wetter atmosphere is increasing nitrogen pollution in rivers and oceans, exacerbating algae growth and expanding dead zones in coastal areas.
"They're called 'ghost forests' — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change."
"WASHINGTON — Environmental advocates urged the Trump administration on Monday to reverse course on its move to set aside an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants."
"Eloy Jacquez lives in the house his parents built on Los Lujans Road in 1948. There was no water in Santa Cruz then. The family waited several more years before the first well was drilled just up the street, next to land used as an informal waste dump."
"Twelve years after Hurricane Ivan destroyed a Taylor Energy Co. platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government has finally started investigating how oil and gas that is still leaking from its wells damages natural resources."
"President Trump's reported pick to lead U.S. EPA's Office of Water has represented states and industry in lawsuits against the agency — some of which were filed by then-Oklahoma Attorney General and now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt."
"A new national database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group shines a light on water quality across the U.S."
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allowing the public to weigh in on its proposal to repeal the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule."