Water & Oceans

Jackson, Miss., Won’t Release Email About 2020 Water System Problems

"The city of Jackson, Mississippi, has denied a TV station’s public records request for email about problems with the city water treatment system. WLBT-TV recently requested all city email related to the Environmental Protection Agency telling Jackson in March 2020 to bring its water treatment system into compliance with federal law."

Source: AP, 04/20/2021

"US West Prepares For Possible 1st Water Shortage Declaration"

"The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government’s first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt cuts in Arizona and Nevada."

Source: AP, 04/19/2021

"Infrastructure Plan Lifts Tribes’ Hope of Turning on Water Taps"

"Navajo Nation resident Percy Deal hopes that federal coronavirus relief, coupled with $2.3 trillion for infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan, will give him something his grandparents and even his parents didn’t have—running water in his home."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 04/16/2021
April 28, 2021

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual Workshops – Big Changes on the Great Lakes

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources for four half-day virtual workshops, May 13, May 20, June 3 and June 10, to explore current conditions and future projections in the Great Lakes and what those changes mean for both current and future residents. Deadline: Apr 28.


"Epic Drought Means Water Crisis On Oregon-California Border"

"Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several tribes."

Source: AP, 04/15/2021

"Florida To Close Wastewater Reservoir With Leak History"

"Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday."

Source: AP, 04/14/2021


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