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Water Crisis Coming

Water – its dearth or its abundance – is already a global problem. It manifests itself in poor countries, poor regions and poor neighborhoods first, but most assuredly will affect us all within the next generation.  In 2015, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Reports rated “Water crises” as the most important risk facing the world. The United Nations reports that we have some 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and that, by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent.  As water supplies dwindle and as nations abuse water sources, the UN, our only somewhat effective global authority, called together five hundred renowned scientists to investigate the problem. They found that a majority… Read More

Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

(Truthstream Media) Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production. Fracking is already a controversial practice on its face; allowing U.S. industries to inject slurries of toxic, potentially carcinogenic compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal — already sounds ridiculous, dangerous, and stupid anyway without even going into further detail. Alleged fracking links to the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity have created uproar in the years since… Read More

Clean Water Delayed is Clean Water Denied: After a Decades-Long Dodge, EPA Must Update Polluted Runoff Rules

Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, New York A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… No, make that Washington, DC, in the year 1987.  (Perhaps that is another galaxy.  But that’s a topic for another blog.) Way back then—more than a quarter-century ago—Congress passed a law directing the Environmental Protection Agency to create a new program to protect our nation’s waters from stormwater pollution.  Stormwater is the dirty runoff that washes off of developed land, after rainstorms and snowmelt, carrying toxic metals, pesticides, excess nutrients and sediment, and even harmful bacteria into waters nationwide.  Unlike pollution from factories, EPA had failed to develop pollution control standards for this ubiquitous form of water pollution. When Congress acted, stormwater represented—and… Read More

The Clean Water Act — 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to restore waters that are special to me. I grew up in Massachusetts, where the water pollution was so bad in Boston Harbor and the Charles River that the Standells’ “Dirty Water” became the city’s unofficial anthem.  I remember going into Boston on a boat for Fourth of July fireworks and my mom telling me not to touch the Charles.  My family also spent a lot of weekends by the Pemigewasset River in New… Read More

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows. Many farmers and cities across the state are struggling with low water supplies.  And salmon and other native fish populations are crashing. These serious problems require serious solutions. And those solutions shouldn’t be held hostage over funding for the state’s ill-conceived, $25 billion twin tunnels proposal, incongruously named the “Bay Delta Conservation Plan” or the BDCP. Happily, the new $7.5 billion water bond heading to the November ballot does not… Read More

USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance

Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C. It’s surprising that in the 21st Century, nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people –more than one-third of the world’s population—don’t have an adequate place to go the bathroom. This is so, despite decades of work and dedicating substantial resources to reduce severe poverty, including the lack of safe drinking water and safe sanitation faced by billions of people. I am the author of an issue brief published by the Natural Resources Defense Council today, Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience: The Need to Facilitate Integration in Development Assistance, making the case that development projects intended to help these vulnerable populations… Read More

Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

Marcus Griswold, Water Resources Scientist, San Francisco Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public groundwater resources are protected. In a previous blog, I highlighted the importance of high quality, abundant groundwater from National Forests and the threats it faces. Proper groundwater management on our National Forests would help maintain a clean source of drinking water and a sustainable supply of water to keep forests healthy, wetlands wet, and streams flowing. The Directive is the first comprehensive set of guidance from the Forest Service on groundwater resources… Read More