Water & Oceans

After Years Of Drama, Farmers Score A Big Win In California Water Battle

"The California water bill now ready for the president's signature dramatically shifts 25 years of federal policy and culminates a long and fractious campaign born in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley."

Source: McClatchy, 12/13/2016

Coal-Ash Issue Not So Easy To Dispose Of

Late last week Congress moved authority over coal-ash pollution standards from the feds to states and utilities. With hundreds of huge pits and ponds of the potentially toxic substance scattered across the United States, our latest TipSheet explores this unsolved problem and helps you find your local coal-ash angle.

Senate Clears Water Bill With Flint Aid, Disputed California Rider

"After a weeklong battle over last-minute policy riders, the Senate passed a major water bill in the early morning hours Saturday that includes emergency aid for Flint, Mich., and drought relief for California."

Source: The Hill, 12/12/2016
January 5, 2017 to January 6, 2017

IJNR's Great Lakes Water Compact Workshop

The Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources will bring a group of journalists to Waukesha, the first U.S. city outside of the Great Lakes watershed to receive permission to withdraw water under the Great Lakes Compact, to see how the city will get water from Lake Michigan, treat it and send it back to the basin while also discussing its bigger-picture impacts. Apply ASAP; space is limited.

Climate Change Could Make Extreme Downpours 3X More Likely, Says Study

"Extreme downpours could happen almost three times as often, and with a 70 percent increase in intensity, throughout the United States by the end of the century as a result of global warming, finds a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 12/07/2016

"EPA Made Changes To Fracking Study After White House Meeting"

"U.S. EPA's contentious assertion that hydraulic fracturing hasn't caused 'widespread, systemic' problems with drinking water was added shortly after agency officials met with Obama White House officials to discuss 'messaging,' according to documents obtained by public radio reporters."

Source: EnergyWire, 12/06/2016

"Mexico Safeguards Vast Stretches of Coast, Deep Ocean"

"Much of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Baja coast and deep ocean are to become protected areas, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Monday at the opening of the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Cancun this week and next."

Source: ENS, 12/06/2016

Sioux Chief Asks Protesters To Disband, Trump To Review Pipeline Permit

"A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, despite the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision after he takes office."

Source: Reuters, 12/06/2016

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