Trump rolls back decades of Clean Water Act protections

Trump rolls back decades of Clean Water Act protections

American bullfrog floating at the surface of a farm pond in Kentucky USA

The Trump administration has taken aim at removing environmental federal protections for wetlands and isolated streams from pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal redefining US waters under the Clean Water Act.

Farm and agriculture lobbyists have pushed for these changes since 2015.

But environmentalists say they could result in contaminating millions of acres of waters … [more…]

Earthquakes in Heart of Texas Oil Country Spur Water Crackdown

chart: frequency of earthquakes in the Permian (2016 - 2018)

Chart: Earthquakes in Heart of Texas Oil Country Spur Water Crackdown

(Bloomberg) — Texas is considering new restrictions on how shale explorers dispose of wastewater from oil drilling as earthquakes rattle the largest oil-producing American state.

The new rules would target how much and at what pressure briny water that emerges from oil wells is injected back into the ground, Jared Craighead, chief of staff for the Texas Railroad Commission, … [more…]

Gila River Indian Community Approves Major Deal to Provide Water to CAP

photo: Gila River Indian Community's Governor Stephen Roe Lewis (Arizona)

Photo: Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

In a major step forward for Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan negotiations, the Gila River Indian Community Council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a deal to supply water to the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District.

Under the deal, the Gila River Indian Community would supply the district, often referred to as CAGRD, with up to 830,000 acre-feet … [more…]

Seattle, suburbs would lose all water pressure within 24 hours of catastrophic earthquake

photo: Mami Hara

Photo: Mami Hara, CEO and general manager of Seattle Public Utilities, stands inside the Beacon Reservoir in August 2017, when the underground facility was being upgraded to withstand a major earthquake. The reservoir is the city’s largest, holding 50 million gallons of water. Its walls were strengthened and it was equipped with special valves to keep much of the water from leaking out if a quake ruptures connecting pipes. (Ellen [more…]

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Published 03.12.2018 – UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Emerging pollutants are commonly defined as synthetic or naturally-occurring chemicals or microorganisms that are not commonly monitored or regulated in the environment, yet which have potentially adverse effects on ecological and human health. The sources of emerging pollutants are many, ranging from pharmaceuticals and personal care products, to agricultural pesticides, micro-plastics and household and industrial chemicals.

On 27 November 2018, a three-day Asia … [more…]