Water

Water Clean at Most European Bathing Sites, Worries Remain

Water Clean at Most European Bathing Sites, Worries Remain

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 30, 2014 (ENS) – The water at 95 percent of Europe’s beaches, rivers and lakes was clean enough to protect the health of people using them for bathing in 2013, but bathing water ratings do not consider litter,...

 

Klamath River Basin Pact Ends Decades of Water Wars

Klamath River Basin Pact Ends Decades of Water Wars

  KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon, April 18, 2014 (ENS) – An agreement that settles decades of conflict over water in the Upper Klamath River Basin was signed today by officials from the federal government, the states of Oregon and California,...

 

Draft Rule Clarifies Protection for U.S. Streams, Wetlands

Draft Rule Clarifies Protection for U.S. Streams, Wetlands

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today jointly released a draft rule to clarify protection for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The proposal...

 

EPA Acts to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishery From Mining

EPA Acts to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishery From Mining

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today began a process under the Clean Water Act to identify options that would protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay,...

 

Assad Regime’s Drought Response Triggered Syrian War

Assad Regime’s Drought Response Triggered Syrian War

  NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – The long drought that gripped Syria from 2006 through 2010 was a trigger of the conflict that has torn the country apart with devastating consequences, finds new research from...

 

Nebraska Judge Voids Governor’s Right to Set Keystone XL Route

Nebraska Judge Voids Governor’s Right to Set Keystone XL Route

  LINCOLN, Nebraska, February 21, 2014 (ENS) – A Nebraska judge on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a state law that had allowed Governor Dave Heineman to approve the route the Keystone XL pipeline would take through Nebraska. Pipeline...

 

California Lawmakers Offer $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

California Lawmakers Offer $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

  SACRAMENTO, California, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – With California suffering its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, state elected officials Wednesday announced new legislation that would provide $687.4 million to help...

 

West Virginia’s Water Nightmare Closes Schools

West Virginia’s Water Nightmare Closes Schools

  CHARLESTON, West Virginia, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Crude MCHM, one of two chemicals that leaked into West Virginia’s Elk River last month, was detected in the water supply of George Washington High School this morning, according...

 

Eco-Conscious Agriculture Key to Healthy Wetlands

Eco-Conscious Agriculture Key to Healthy Wetlands

  GLAND, Switzerland, February 3, 2014 (ENS) – Greater collaboration among the agriculture, water and wetlands sectors around the world is needed to ensure healthy wetlands, the top official at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands said...

 

UN to Help Iraq With Environmental Restoration

UN to Help Iraq With Environmental Restoration

  BAGHDAD, Iraq, January 26, 2014 (ENS) – To restore Iraq’s deteriorating environment, the Government of Iraq has signed a landmark cooperation agreement with the UN Environment Programme to speed environmental recovery and support...

 

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 17, 2014 (ENS) – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, and drinking water supplies at risk in many California communities, Governor Jerry Brown today...

 

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

  ADELAIDE, Australia, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – Huge reservoirs of low-salinity water have been discovered where they are least expected – buried under the seabed on continental shelves around the world. A study published today...

 

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

  By Lester R. Brown WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 (ENS) – India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation...

 

Analysis: Waterworld USA: Climate Harming Regional Waters

Analysis: Waterworld USA: Climate Harming Regional Waters

  By Sharon Guynup HOBOKEN, New Jersey, October 29, 2013 (ENS) – Rising temperatures and shifting, capricious precipitation patterns are affecting where, when, and how much water fills America’s rivers, lakes, and reservoirs,...

 

Dam Removals Open Northeast Rivers to Fish, Recreation

Dam Removals Open Northeast Rivers to Fish, Recreation

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2013 (ENS) – A dam that has blocked Maryland’s Patapsco River for nearly 100 years will be removed shortly, utilizing a $3.57 million grant awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s...

 

Florida Waters Alive With Toxic Algae, Toxic Politics

Florida Waters Alive With Toxic Algae, Toxic Politics

  STUART, Florida, August 21, 2013 (ENS) – Environmental groups rallied today ahead of a Florida State Senate Select Committee public meeting, demanding that government act to stop toxic algae slimes that are sickening people and...

 

White House Undercuts Coal Power Plant Water Pollution Rule

White House Undercuts Coal Power Plant Water Pollution Rule

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2013 (ENS) – Coal-fired power plants, many operating with expired permits, have become the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States, finds new research released Tuesday by a coalition...

 

San Antonio Agrees to $1.1 Billion Sewer System Upgrade

San Antonio Agrees to $1.1 Billion Sewer System Upgrade

  SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 23, 2013 (ENS) – To address thousands of raw sewage discharges  in violation of the Clean Water Act, the San Antonio Water System has agreed to a $1.1 billion upgrade to its infrastructure and will pay...

 

U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating

U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating

  RESTON, Virginia, May 23, 2013 (ENS) – Aquifers across the United States are being drawn down at an increasing pace, finds a new study released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report, “Groundwater Depletion in the...

 

Superstorm Sandy Dumped 11 Billion Gallons of Sewage

Superstorm Sandy Dumped 11 Billion Gallons of Sewage

  PRINCETON, New Jersey, April 30, 2013 (ENS) – Six months after Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. Atlantic coast, data from the eight hardest hit states shows that 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage flowed...