With Iowa's water quality in decline, Des Moines Water Works shook the state with an unprecedented lawsuit that seeks clean water action on runoff from three agriculture-heavy counties. The ruling could affect what farmers do in their fields in Iowa and beyond.
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.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face water problems today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns, but good policy, needs strong data.
A group of people who research, manage and write about the energy-water nexus recently gathered at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC to determine research needs to help the country achieve sustainability at the nexus. Here's what they found.
Funding cuts to a joint NYC DEP and USGS water data collection program could make it difficult for managers and planners to fully assess groundwater and water conditions throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island.
The Clean Water Act was passed on this day in 1972. In observance of its anniversary, we are rerunning our post about how Nixon almost vetoed the act.
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.
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.
The NYC Water System archive, which has just been restored, has photos, drawings and documents that captured the process of designing and building the extensive system.
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.
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.
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.