Archive - 2009

December 9th

December 8, 2009--EPA unveils new policies on water at schools (New York Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities on Tuesday and pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools.

December 7th

December 6, 2009--Regulators hash out gas-well water rights (Durango Herald)

Water regulators are close to solving a fight between gas drillers and ranchers, who say coalbed methane wells are draining their water rights. State Engineer Dick Wolfe held hearings last week to develop a computer model that will tell him which gas wells need extra attention. The hearings will conclude Dec. 16 with a discussion of wells in the San Juan Basin.

December 6, 2009--Fish kill called necessary to save the Great Lakes (Washington Post)

The poisoned fish began floating to the surface in the cold Illinois dawn, but as scientists and ecologists began hauling their lifeless catch to shore, they found only one carcass of the predator they targeted--the ravenous Asian carp. Never before have Illinois agencies tried to kill so many fish at one time.

December 6, 2009--Colorado issues well permits despite declining groundwater (Denver Post)

State water stewards have continued to permit groundwater pumping south of Denver, despite data and near universal agreement that underground water levels are falling and the resource is being depleted.

December 5, 2009--Recharge projects saving local wells (Sterling Journal Advocate)

Irrigation wells and recharge projects. Those are two of the water issues Lou Rinaldo, a member of the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District (LSPWCD) board, spoke to the Rotary Club about Wednesday. He talked about the two different kinds of water Colorado has.

December 5, 2009--Rationing cuts L.A. water usage to the lowest level in 18 years (Los Angeles Times)

Lawns may be browner, cars dirtier and more sidewalks covered with leaves, but Los Angeles' water rationing effort has reduced consumption by record numbers. According to the Department of Water and Power, water use in the city was down 18.4% from June through October, the hottest and thirstiest time of the year.

December 4, 2009--EPA withdraws discharge permit for Arizona mine (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn a water discharge permit for a controversial coal-mining operation in northern Arizona pending public hearings.

December 4, 2009--Boiling point: What to do about looming water shortages? (USA Today)

When world leaders meet next week in Copenhagen to talk about climate change and the fate of the planet, there will be one big, liquid elephant in the room: water shortage. The problem could be as big as global warming: If the world doesn’t change the way it uses water, humanity will face a major shortfall by 2030. That’s a deficit of about 40% less water than what would be needed.