The Hill- Nine states sued the Obama administration Tuesday over its rule asserting power over small waterways like streams and wetlands, bringing the total number of states challenging the regulation to 27.The lawsuit filed in a Savannah, Ga., federal court by state leaders in South Carolina and other states follows a trio of cases filed Monday by 18 other states. The states in Tuesday’s lawsuit argue, similarly to those in the other cases, that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Clean Water Act, other laws and Supreme Court decisions when it declared that tributaries and other small waters are subject to federal jurisdiction and pollution control laws.
Washington Post- The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.
The Economist- Water-related ecosystem services perform an infrastructure-like function, such as wetlands filtering contaminated water, mangroves protecting shorelines from extreme weather events, floodplains absorbing excessive storm waters and lakes storing large water supplies. Yet, they are not built infrastructure; these natural water infrastructures are shaped, grown, eroded, or deposited by nature. Working with nature can optimise the performance and financial benefits of engineered infrastructures. An academic study valued the societal benefits of nature water infrastructure services (wetlands, lakes and rivers) at $29trn per year as of 2011.
Bloomberg Business- Few expected India’s science minister to cut the monsoon outlook as he unveiled a weather forecasting system on June 2. The surprise contributed to a 1.5-trillion-rupee ($23 billion) two-day slump in the nation’s equities. The rupee also slid as Harsh Vardhan’s prediction of weaker rainfall stoked concern that reduced farm output may hurt the economy. The episode is the latest example of growing water risks for investors and companies in India.
National Geographic- There have been six shark attacks in North Carolina this year, all of them in June. This is already more than last year, when the state saw four attacks. In the previous decade, there were only 25 shark attacks in North Carolina. And there have been just 55 documented shark attacks in the state between 1905 and 2014.
WaterWorld- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it has awarded the Oklahoma Corporation Conservation Commission $459,000 to respond to petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks (UST). Likewise, the organization will also receive $809,000 to clean petroleum leaks.
WaterWorld- Amid ongoing drought, Save Our Water (SOW) -- California's official statewide water conservation education program -- is launching a new public education campaign urging Californians to step up and make even more cuts in their water use. The campaign comes at the start of a hot, dry summer and potentially dangerous fire season. SOW's campaign urges Californians to "Let It Go" by limiting outdoor water use and letting lawns fade to gold for the summer, while preserving precious water resources for trees and other important landscapes. The campaign's first phase will run through the end of July and also encourages citizens to "Turn It Off" and cut back on water use wherever possible inside and out.
Newsday- The Army Corps of Engineers delivered a clear message to Asharoken residents Tuesday night, urging them to choose a beach restoration plan -- and allow public access on their private beaches for the first time -- or lose out on millions in funding.
Circle of Blue- Mired in drought and torched by one of the hottest years ever measured, the seven states of the Colorado River Basin are acutely aware of how a desert can bully water supplies. They are not alone. In this cauldron of collaboration and competing interests is a collection of players who are just as significant for managing and responding to water scarcity but attract much less attention: the basin’s 29 federally recognized Indian tribes.