Daily Update – August 14, 2015

If global warming really did pause, the planet just pressed ‘play’ again Washington Post- In June, in a bombshell study in Science, federal researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) took away climate skeptics’ number one favorite argument — the notion that in recent years, global warming had…

Daily Update – August 13, 2015

Los Angeles protects open-air reservoirs with millions of floating ‘shade balls’ U.S.News- Los Angeles has been blackballed. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating “shade balls” to protect water quality. City officials this week dumped the last 20,000 of 96 million black balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar,…

Daily Update – August 12, 2015

What The Colorado Waste Water Spill Tells Us About Mining Contamination CNN- Scientists grappled with the consequences of a spill of toxic wastewater on Monday, one day after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that an accident had led to 3 million gallons of mining runoff flowing into a river in Colorado used for drinking…

Daily Update – August 11, 2015

13 states want judge to block new federal water rule Washington Post- Thirteen states led by North Dakota are asking a federal judge in Bismarck to block a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he will seek a preliminary injunction Monday, the deadline…

Daily Update – August 10, 2015

How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory NY Times- Ten years ago, the neighborhood hard by the 17th Street canal in this city was water-blasted. The surges from Hurricane Katrina swept into the canal, broke through its flood walls and forced homes off their foundations. Much of New Orleans remained steeped in…

Delaware River Basin Conservation

Despite the Delaware River Basin’s estimated $10 billion annual economic impact on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, Delaware River restoration efforts receive limited federal resources compared to similar watersheds across the country. The Delaware River Basin contains 13,539 square miles in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. These four states have entered…

Daily Update – August 7, 2015

From the Mississippi to the Ganges, river deltas are in major trouble Washington Post- A river delta is, by definition, a place in flux — coastal land naturally sinks, and is naturally rebuilt by the flow of a vast river that carries in new sediment. Across the globe, from the Amazon to the Nile to…

Section 7001 WRRDA 2014

Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit a report to Congress that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, and proposed modifications to an authorized water resources development project or feasibility study that meet five enumerated criteria. The report…