The U.S. Geological Survey joins its many partners in other
federal agencies, at universities, and in state and local
governments in recognizing the importance of the Water
Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.
Signed into law 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson on
July 17, 1964, the WRRA established a Water Resources Research
Institute in each state and Puerto Rico.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by David Bornstein:
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that public water
systems lose, on average, one-sixth of their water — mainly from
leaks in pipes. The E.P.A. asserts that 75 percent of that water
Three U.S. states with anticipated water supply deficits in the
coming decades reached milestones in July in their deliberations
on how to meet the demands of cities, farmers, and industries.
… A few plans have already been published. California, for
example, released its five-year update in January.
Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote Monday on a
resolution that encourages cities to use natural solutions to
“protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation’s coastlines,
maintain a healthy tree cover and protect air quality,” sometimes
by partnering with nonprofit organizations.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal
addressing water provided for ski areas on national forest lands
through the permitting process. The proposal would help to ensure
public winter recreation opportunities on Forest Service lands
are available in the long term.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by David Horsey:
“One of the great environmental success stories of our time is
how the air in L.A. has gotten dramatically better over the
years, thanks to auto emissions standards. … There are other
good stories … It should be noted that every one of these
positive outcomes resulted from government action.”
“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today [May 27] joined Senate
Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to launch a new
era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on
“Yesterday [May 27], Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a
new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus
on public-private partnership. The Regional Conservation
Partnership Program will competitively award funds to
conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for
“President Barack Obama has reauthorized spending on the National
Integrated Drought Information System, enabling the government to
continue providing drought warning forecasts and other support as
the extreme dry spell persists across California and much of the