Latest Water management News

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Jan. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

In a wealthy enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents now face more aggressive consequences for wasting water — including the threat of having their water flows slowed to a trickle if they repeatedly flout conservation rules. The Las...

Rehoboth Bay reopens to shellfish harvesting after spill

Jan. 19, 2022 08:53 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials announced the reopening of the Rehoboth Bay to shellfish harvesting Tuesday after a 21-day emergency closure prompted by a spill of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a residential sewer line. The Department of Natural...

Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Tightened federal water protections won't slow some projects

Jan. 14, 2022 17:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a...

Environment groups, company settle lawsuit over landfill

Jan. 14, 2022 12:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two environmental groups have settled a federal lawsuit with a waste management company over allegations the company’s landfill in New Hampshire leaked toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Under the settlement reached this week, Casella Waste Systems and its...

Colorado to 'aggressively assert' water rights with Nebraska

Jan. 13, 2022 16:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a...

Ducey's desalination plant not likely to be a quick reality

Jan. 12, 2022 19:53 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement this week that he would work with the Legislature to provide $1 billion to “secure Arizona’s water future for the next 100 years” focused entirely on a new desalination plant in Mexico. But a funding plan for the plant...

Port on Columbia River fined $1.3M over nitrate violations

Jan. 12, 2022 16:26 PM EST

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has fined the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River $1.3 million for repeatedly over-applying agricultural wastewater on nearby farms in an area that already has elevated levels of groundwater nitrates. The Capital Press reports the state Department...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

Ducey calls for $1 billion water plant in state of the state

Jan. 10, 2022 18:42 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday proposed setting aside $1 billion to remove the salt from sea water and bring it to Arizona, a major legacy project as he enters his eighth and final year in office. The Republican governor previewed the plan but offered few details in his...