“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.”
“The Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley
Water District began laying off 101 full-time workers Wednesday
as the wholesale water supplier and its largest member utility
shift their focus from chasing growth to maintaining existing
“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
“The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the brakes on
the massive Pebble Mine project in Alaska, saying it endangers
the finest wild salmon run on earth.
“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
said Friday her agency will look for ways to protect the
salmon. In the meantime, the Army Corps of Engineers won’t be
allowed to issue a permit for the mine.”
“California is in the midst of a three-year drought that makes
Oregon’s look mild. …
“So Oregonians will spend the next several months hoping for
heavy snow in the mountains, even if it means rain down below.
The extreme drought to the south will make it easier to keep
from envying Californians their sunny days.”
“The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and
hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia.
… About 4 million people depend on that water. For decades,
the U.S. Forest Service identified preserving its purity as the
top priority for the national forest.
“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released
the Lower Rio Grande Basin Study that evaluated the impacts of
climate change on water demand and supply imbalances along the
Rio Grande along the United States/Mexico border from Fort
Quitman, Tex., to the Gulf of Mexico.
“‘Basin studies are an important element of the Department of
the Interior’s WaterSMART initiative and give us a clearer
picture of the possible future gaps between water demand and
our available supplies,’ Commissioner Connor said.
“As Detroit goes through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
history, the city’s porous water system illustrates how some of
its resources are still draining away even as it struggles to
stabilize its finances and provide basic services.”
“With what has been described as the worst drought in recorded
history punishing parts of Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott
found a way to keep watering his yard without risking fines or
incurring huge monthly bills: he drilled his own well. …