From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Jenn Vervier:
“Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. … In our case, clean water is essential to great-tasting beer.”
“The inventory of pollutants at the bottom of the Passaic River, which meanders for 90 miles through northern New Jersey, is long and truly frightening. … Now, after years of study, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a cleanup plan for a dangerously fetid eight-mile stretch from Belleville to Newark.”
“Getting more people out on the San Lorenzo River can only boost efforts to protect it, which is why events like Saturday’s recreational paddle are critical. … The paddle event, organized by the San Lorenzo River Alliance, aimed to show citizens the recreational value of the river, and in doing so expose them to issues like water quality and habitat protection.”
“State officials unveiled a longer-term plan to deal with the drought Wednesday, one which relaxes some water-quality standards and endangered species protections in the Delta to allow for more water to be sent south to parched cities and farms.”
“[Lara] Meeker, who heads the environmental group’s DrainWatch program, is overseeing a special corps of volunteers called Storm Water Assessment Teams — or SWAT — who fan out across the region to collect water samples in an effort to force polluters to clean up.”
“Global mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out of the Pebble Mine project in Alaska, the latest blow to the controversial plan to build an open pit mine in the best wild salmon stronghold in the world.”
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a joint initiative to improve access to clean water and wastewater infrastructure for U.S. communities along the Mexico border. This initiative is part of USDA and EPA’s ongoing partnership to increase the sustainability of rural drinking water and wastewater systems.”
“Skeptical Delta landowners heard details Thursday night of a state plan to install four rock barriers in the estuary, an effort to block salinity from San Francisco Bay and allow officials to hold back more water in reservoirs this summer.”
From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“The Drinking Water Program — so important to cleaning up tap water in the San Joaquin Valley — appears poised to move out of the state’s health department to the state’s water-regulation agency in July. Or is it?
“A task force proposed a transition strategy, and you can check it out. This is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget.”
“State water cops approved rules Wednesday that will result in higher costs for thousands of San Joaquin County farmers, with the goal of reducing polluted runoff draining into already degraded streams.
“The unanimous vote by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board formalizes what have been described as the most significant new rules many farmers will have ever seen.”
“California’s persistent drought threatens to take a heavy toll on the environment as well as the economy. …
“The threats are as diverse as the environment itself. … Moreover, there are potential risks to water quality, fears of increased air pollution in the already dusty Central Valley, and a possible buildup of salinity in rivers that could be detrimental to fish and humans.”
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $1,565,140 in 2013 Wetland Program Development Grants to six tribes in California and Arizona and four California organizations to conduct research designed to prevent and eliminate water pollution. EPA also announces it will begin today accepting applications for the 2014 Wetland Program grant cycle.
“The giant solar receiver installed on a wheat field here in California’s agricultural heartland slowly rotates to track the sun and capture its energy. The 377-foot array, however, does not generate electricity but instead creates heat used to desalinate water.