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A Conversation with Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water

Nancy Stoner clearly brings enthusiasm and energy to her new position as Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water. Her excitement is palpable as she describes her commitment to clean water and a healthy environment and the great things that she hopes to accomplish during her tenure with...

California sets forth indicators of disproportionate impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities

To assist Cal-EPA with the examination of potential environmental justice concerns associated with climate change, Cal-EPA requested the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) [best known for its role in setting drinking water related Public Health Goals and in overseeing much of the...

Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water

When examining the issue of water shortages and water usage, most of the emphasis is on domestic utilization. Rarely is the issue posed in terms of the impact of trade on water usage. However, such an analysis poses an alternative, and interesting, methodology to think about and examine water utilization...

Florida Governor Scott Wants Supreme Court To Weigh In On Water Fight

SCOTT WANTS SCOTUS TO WEIGH IN ON WATER FIGHT: In the latest skirmish in a 20-year tri-state water war, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to limit how much of the precious resource Georgia can siphon out of the Apalachicola River. Scott accused Georgians, particularly...

New EPA Report On Water’s Economic Value

EPA has released a new report The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy addressing the total economic value of water resources. According to the report, the economic value of water will rise, and decision-makers in both the private and the public sectors will need information that can help them maximize...

Governor Jerry Brown Urges Conservation As California Runs Dry

BROWN URGES CONSERVATION AS CA RUNS DRY: With the state facing its worst drought in decades, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) urged Golden State residents last week to cut back their water usage wherever possible. Brown said residents should voluntarily be taking shorter showers, turning off faucets while...

House Passes California Water Bill Over Governor Brown's Objections

HOUSE PASSES CA WATER BILL OVER BROWN'S OBJECTIONS: The ongoing drought in California has sparked yet another new skirmish in the longstanding war between the Golden State's pro-environmental forces and its pro-business agricultural interests. Last Wednesday, the Republican-controlled U.S. House...

CA Drought/New Water Supply Reports

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) recently issued a new report titled "2014 Drought: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience" for building a statewide water management system more resilient to drought. At the same time, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Institute...