funding for water

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

Nixon's Clean Water Act Impoundment Power Play

It's the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. You might know that this major piece of legislation was passed by Congress in 1972 and credited to Richard Nixon. You might not know that it almost didn't happen because after it was passed by Congress, Nixon vetoed it.

World Water Week and Urban Water Infrastructure

It’s World Water Week and this year’s theme is "Responding to Global Changes-Water in an Urbanising World." Here are a few examples of our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure issues.

Water Scarcity? How About Water Independence?

Although we face an uncertain future where water is concerned, with creative thinking and flexibility we will meet our needs, even in the face of shifting precipitation patterns and increasing populations.

Water - A New Normal?

There may always be water flowing in California, but "normal" is definitely in flux and we can't control the weather. Before we construct massive new water delivery systems that encourage waste and consume large amounts of energy, perhaps we should consider adjusting our expectations about what can realistically be grown, when and where.

Clean Water, at Any Rate

Certainly, increasing rates is appropriate in communities where they have been set too low, but clean, clear water is so essential to public health and well being that it warrants public funding. Proposals to accomplish that, such as the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, deserve close scrutiny and support.

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