Flint: EPA Upholds State Ability to Set Deadlines to Fix Deficiencies in Water System

Photo: Flint mayor Karen Weaver. Flint: EPA Upholds State Authority to Set Deadlines to Fix Deficiencies in City Water System

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Photo: Brett Carlsen (Getty Images)

As of Thursday, the people of Flint, Michigan, have gone 1,569 days without a clean and stable water system in their city. The lead service line are in the process of being replaced, and the government keeps telling them that their water is safer now — but the residents remain skeptical.

Through it all, their city and state governments continue to … [more…]

Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana’s History

map: Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana's History

Map: a depiction of Isles Dernieres Barrier Island in 1853 and the chain of islands that now make up Isles Dernieres in 1988 after they detached from the mainland (Credit: CPRA).

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits and reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain habitat.

In this "Restoration Project Highlights" series, we’ll be taking … [more…]

Hillsborough School District found lead in its water, didn’t tell parents for a year.

photo: one family with a school child in the district. The Hillsborough School District found lead in its water. It didn’t tell parents for a year.

Patrick Anding stands with his wife, Lakesha, and nine-year-old son DáVeon near their home across from Foster Elementary School. Patrick Anding was angry when he learned that the district kept lead test results from parents and teachers.

DáVeon’s behavior began to change after he went to Foster. The family wishes it had been told sooner about the school’s lead testing.

The Hillsborough County School District didn’t tell parents for more … [more…]

As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring

Photo: massive fish deaths and algal blooms. As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring network

When Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, who is a well-regarded expert on water and has studied pollution all over the world, began hearing about a deepening algae bloom in his own backyard in Lake Okeechobee this summer, he struggled to find information that could tell him what was going on.

State scientists sample water in the lake, but too infrequently to track rapidly evolving algae blooms. Instead, Havens had … [more…]

California Groundwater Law Means Big Changes Above Ground, Too

photo: housing construction in the Central Valley. California Groundwater Law Means Big Changes Above Ground, Too

The state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is likely to result in fallowing thousands of acres of farmland. Local governments are just waking up to the big opportunities, and risks, in how that land gets reused.

New housing construction in California’s San Joaquin Valley poses a threat to some of the best groundwater recharge lands.

California’s new groundwater management law is not a sports car. It moves more like a wagon … [more…]