A Plan for Our Drinking Water

In 2012, city officials in Flint, Michigan, began to investigate the possibility of saving money by switching water providers. Projecting a savings of $200 million over the course of 25 years, they decided to build their own pipeline to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) instead of continuing to receive water from Detroit Water and Sewerage … Continue reading A Plan for Our Drinking Water

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Solutions for Drinking Water Contamination Issues in Colorado Springs Area

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) has ensured the safety of public drinking water supplies throughout the nation. As part of the federal program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality, and periodically requires the testing of public drinking water systems that serve more than 10,000 people to examine potential … Continue reading Solutions for Drinking Water Contamination Issues in Colorado Springs Area

Viewpoint: Leveraging EPA’s Orange River to Abate the Threat of Abandoned Mines

By Mark Gibson If you recall publicity on the Eagle Mine near Beaver Creek or the Yak Tunnel in Leadville, you could predict that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had a manifest destiny to pollute a hundred miles of streams with toxic sludge—from Cement Creek to Lake Powell. Before John Elway ever won a Super … Continue reading Viewpoint: Leveraging EPA’s Orange River to Abate the Threat of Abandoned Mines

EPA’s new WOTUS rule expected soon, amid pushback

By Mark Scharfenaker Wherefloweth the Clean Water Act Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule jointly proposed last spring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers? The rule clarifies which waters are covered under the Clean Water Act, raising concerns over a potentially expanded federal jurisdiction over previously uncovered waterways, wetlands, and groundwater resources. … Continue reading EPA’s new WOTUS rule expected soon, amid pushback

Western Governors Address Two Key Federal Water Developments

By Mark Scharfenaker Two significant recent water developments on the federal front have triggered responses by the Western Governors Association. 1. EPA Water Transfer Rule The WGA, joined by the Western States Water Council, has urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to appeal a recent federal court ruling that remanded the agency's Water Transfers Rule … Continue reading Western Governors Address Two Key Federal Water Developments

As Big As It Gets: Clean Water Act Rulemaking

By Mark Scharfenaker Everyone seriously interested in water quality throughout the United States has 90 days to let EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers and federal lawmakers know what they think about the agency's newly proposed rule intended to clarify just where in a watershed the protections of the Clean Water Act cease to apply. This … Continue reading As Big As It Gets: Clean Water Act Rulemaking