Why American Businesses Need Modern Water Infrastructure

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Photo: Waves off Anna Maria Island, FL. Photo credit: Brett Meliti on Unsplash.

Last month, we celebrated World Water Day with the global theme “leave no one behind.” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler marked the occasion by highlighting water as “the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Business Task Force on Water Policy because we agree.… [more…]

The science behind our connection to water

The science behind our connection to water

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It’s something we cottagers understand intuitively, that sense of awe and connection we experience at the lake. Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols calls it “Blue Mind”. And there’s science behind it.

As a kid, I would fall asleep each night at my family’s cottage on Lake Huron to the sound of water. Sometimes it was the pounding of big waves, other times the gentle ripple of … [more…]

Why the EPA won’t get the lead out of our water

photo: water tower at the Flint Water Plant (Michigan)

Photo: AP/Carlos Osorio

The agency was slow to revise its lead pipe regulations under Obama. It’s even worse under Trump

Almost three decades after the landmark Lead and Copper Rule went into effect, children and pregnant women are being poisoned by lead in our nation’s drinking water in part because there is no requirement that the EPA be notified about where lead pipes are.

Public employees are pushing the EPA

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The EPA can’t wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

The EPA can't wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

Photo: Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene. – Kyle Johnson for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Bunker Hill Mine deposited 75 million tons of toxic sludge in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the lead and zinc are still flowing.

For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower. Starting in the 1880s, through the rise of … [more…]

California voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

photo: irrigation canal in central California. Voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, water flows through an irrigation canal to crops near Lemoore, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli AP

California voters have rejected Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion water bond, sending a message to politicians. But what is that message?

It can’t be that the state’s water problems have been solved. They haven’t been.

It can’t be that Californians don’t care about water. Poll after poll shows we … [more…]