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
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…]
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…]
Russian thistle in a former reservoir along the Colorado River in Hite, October 2018. (Photo by John Herrick)
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s water plan has been big on collaboration, but short on action. He’ll leave the toughest decisions to his successor.
Colorado had plenty of reasons to worry about water by the time it elected John Hickenlooper in 2010.
The state was in its 11th year of drought. The health of … [more…]
Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada’s Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.
The Nevada state engineer denied a permit in August for a controversial pipeline plan decades in the … [more…]