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…

Released Corps Memo Politically Damaging for EPA

By Madeline Urbish It appears all bets are off for the Environmental Protection and its finalized “Waters of the U.S.” rule as interagency memos from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers became public today. On Friday, July 31st the House Oversight Committee released previously confidential memos from the Corps, detailing the agency’s serious concerns regarding…

Flow of Sandy Money Obstructed by Inefficiencies

By Madeline Urbish There is “no accountability of the money that’s being spent – there’s no coordination.” The stark reality of Former FEMA Director R. David Paulison’s statement regarding Superstorm Sandy disaster funding did not come as a surprise to many members of the congressional roundtable hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on…

Senate Moves to Fund Water Resource Research

By Michael May The recent water resources challenges facing the nation have encouraged Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to introduce legislation reauthorizing over $7 million in grant funds for research at the country’s Water Resources Research Institutes. College and universities research potential methods to increase the efficiency of new and existing water treatment systems. The Water…

California Drought

The California drought has left the state scrambling to provide water for its nearly 40 million residents and its very thirsty agricultural sector. With California now into its fourth year of crippling drought, Los Angeles County’s water agency has proposed water-use mandates that could force some families to reduce usage by 70 percent or face…

Budget Battle Moves toward Murky Future

By Madeline Urbish To the surprise of virtually no one, the budget battle is starting to heat up between the White House and Congress, though the source of the latest skirmish is somewhat unanticipated. The historically noncontroversial Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill has become the most recent root of disagreement between Republicans in Congress…