The Hill – California’s entire Republican House delegation is getting behind a bill to increase the amount of water available to Californians during the state’s worst drought in centuries. The bill, introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) on Thursday, would change how the federal government releases water through the massive Central Valley Project, while making other changes aimed at the drought in other western states. Its supporters include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), a vocal GOP voice on the drought, and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, the main committee of jurisdiction for the issue.
Federal Water Tap, June 29: Drought Legislation Introduced in Congress; Drought Center Established in Nebraska
Circle of Blue – California drought bill targets fish, water operations and storage. NOAA releases nutrient pollution forecast for Lake Eerie and Chesapeake Bay. A new data tool hopes to reduce the risk of dam failure. EPA report looks at the financial costs and benefits of climate action while issuing new regulations for underground storage tanks.
Our Water Counts – How do you create national awareness in regards to water? Generations of Americans have taken access to clean water, and the price of water, for granted. Imagine, Americans knowing the price of a gallon of water. Everyone that operates a car knows the price of a gallon of gasoline. The national price of a gallon of gasoline is reported daily on CNN, CNBC and Fox Business. Yet water, which we require for survival, is of unknown value to most of us.
Our Water Counts – According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions as a result of use, growth and climate change.
Tampa Bay Newspapers – The Florida Legislature appropriated $32 million statewide for beach projects but the amount was about $18 million shy of the targeted amount.
Senator Mike Crapo – In the face of unprecedented opposition from small businesses, agriculture groups, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and many other Americans, the administration is moving forward in finalizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to wrongly assert jurisdiction over nearly all waters of the United States. The administration’s water grab is harmful to our economy, inconsistent with the intent of the Clean Water Act, subverts state water sovereignty and jeopardizes private property rights.
Climate News Network – Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast. Meanwhile, off the US West coast, scientists report that they have been baffled by a mysterious “blob of water up to 4 degrees Celsius warmer than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire country.
Institutional Investor – The combination of droughts and flooding has highlighted the trouble with U.S.’s aging water infrastructure and opened investors’ minds to the sector.
American Journal of Transportation – The US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Charleston Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, a significant step in the federal process that ensures the project is on schedule to receive its Chief’s Report this September.