$8B settlement between First Nations, feds in clean water class action

Courts approve $8B settlement between First Nations, feds in clean water class action

Photo: Two class actions over lack of clean water in First Nations were filed in 2019 and then combined in 2020. Photo: APTN

The Federal Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba have jointly approved an $8-billion settlement in a national class-action lawsuit between Canada and First Nations and their members who’ve had to drink unclean water.

The deal, ratified on Dec. 22, will dish out at least … [more…]

Safe drinking water remains out of reach for many Californians

An estimated 370,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, and contaminated drinking water disproportionately impact communities of color in the state, finds a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Because this study is limited to three common contaminants, results likely underestimate the actual number of Californians impacted by … [more…]

Florida begins emergency feeding, rescue of starving manatees

Florida will begin emergency feeding and rescue of starving manatees

Record numbers of endangered manatees are dying as polluted waters kill off their food sources

Florida wildlife officials will undertake a manatee feeding and rescue operation involving hand-feeding the mammals romaine lettuce, amid unprecedented mortality among the gentle aquatic creatures affectionately known as “sea cows”.

Typically, manatees return to warm water winter feeding grounds, where they feast on plentiful seagrass.

But algal blooms from polluted waters have devastated seagrass beds, … [more…]

California’s Central Valley may never recover from past and future droughts

Groundwater in California's Central Valley may be unable to recover from past and future droughts

Water in the San Luis reservoir, which was constructed as a storage reservoir in California’s Central Valley. Groundwater in this region may never be able to recover from past and future droughts, according to new research published in Water Resources Research. Credit: Fredrick Lee

Groundwater in California’s Central Valley is at risk of being depleted by pumping too much water during and after droughts, according to a new study … [more…]

Agribusiness focuses on drought, not climate change

photo: irrigated crops in Arizona farmlands

Arizona Capitol Times

You will never hear the words “water crisis” said aloud in the in the chambers of the Arizona Legislature, Salt River Project, or Central Arizona Project. The fact the reservoirs on the Colorado River, which store irrigation water for our farms, have hit their lowest levels has not prompted our state’s Department of Agriculture, nor Farm Bureau to say the word “crisis” in public.

Just five years … [more…]