Archive for the ‘United States’ Category

In Iowa: A Tale of Politics, Power, and Contaminated Water

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at how – on the same day when the US Supreme Court dramatically rolled back the protections of the Clean Water Act – this report from Iowa exposed the political machinations related to a “torrent of (agricultural) run-off that contaminates virtually every mile of the state’s streams and […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Address Water Pollution

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on a recent US Supreme Court decision that experts say will sharply undercut the agency’s authority to protect millions of acres of wetlands under the Clean Water Act, leaving them subject to pollution without penalty: The Supreme Court on Thursday curtailed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to police millions […]

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Once ‘Paradise,’ Parched Colorado Valley Grapples With Arsenic In Water

Via NPR, a report on the link between climate change-driven drought and intensifying levels of heavy metals in drinking water: When John Mestas’ ancestors moved to Colorado over 100 years ago to raise sheep in the San Luis Valley, they “hit paradise,” he says. “There was so much water, they thought it would never end,” […]

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Celebrating The Colorado River Deal, But Focusing On The Future

Courtesy of The Washington Post, commentary on recent Colorado River deal and the need to build upon it going foward: Millions of people across the American West can breathe a sigh of relief this week. On Monday, after months of negotiations, the seven states in the Colorado River Basin announced a deal with the Biden administration on […]

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Breaking Down The”Breakthrough” Colorado River Deal

Via The Land Desk, thoughtful analysis of the “breakthrough” Colorado River deal which likely won’t be enough to save the river system: The News: Arizona, California, and Nevada have come up with a landmark agreement to slash their consumption of Colorado River water by 3 million acre-feet in coming years. The Colorado River and its reservoirs […]

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The Colorado River Is Shrinking. See What’s Using All the Water.

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting graphical look at how the Colorado River’s water is used: Hint: It’s less about long showers and more about what’s for dinner. The water supply that 40 million Americans rely on has been pushed to its limit. Reservoirs and wells are running low. This week, the states […]

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