Lake Oroville in August . Water levels remain low, about half what they usually are at this time of year. Photograph: Ethan Swope/AP
California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision
Only water required for health and safety will be allowed as drought continues to grip the state
Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any … [more…]
Photo courtesy of My Kailua
Fresh, potable water is an everyday miracle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To have enough to supply millions with (relatively) few constraints on usage? It’s almost unimaginable. And, perhaps, too precarious to want to imagine.
Of course, the water in Hawai’i serves more than latecomer humans. Endemic land species of every kind, exotic imports, and unique hybrids do not spring from saltwater. … [more…]
…with new bills addressing Flint crisis, Detroit shutoffs
Photo: State Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, introduces a package of water quality and affordability bills on November 12, 2015.
LANSING, MI — Flint mom Melissa Mays believes her three sons are starting to struggle in school because they drank contaminated city water, and she’s worried the full effect of lead poisoning, which can cause irreversible brain damage, will not be known for … [more…]
This principal aquifers map is available for download as a wall-map-sized PDF (14.4 MB), a printable PDF (1.7 MB), or available for purchase from the USGS Store.
An aquifer is a geologic formation, a group of formations, or a part of a formation that contains sufficient saturated permeable material to yield significant quantities of water to wells and springs. The areal and vertical location of major aquifers is fundamental to … [more…]
The Iowa Environmental Council is working to improve water quality in Iowa’s lakes, including West Okoboji Lake, shown here. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)
Iowa’s work to clean polluted waterways is so slow it will take as much as 22,000 years to meet some of the goals in the state’s voluntary plan, the Iowa Environmental Council reported.
The nonprofit’s latest review of the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy — the