The 'Horrifying' Consequence of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

Study: PFOA Is in a Higher Percentage of U.S. Drinking Water Than Previously Thought

Perfluorooctanoic acid, an ingredient used in Teflon, is not currently regulated by the EPA, so state or local governments aren’t required to test for them.

2M Americans Drink High Levels of Arsenic in Their Well Water

Private wells aren't regulated like public water systems in the U.S.

How Flood Insurance Premiums Could Threaten Local Government Tax Revenues

It’s one of the concerns local government officials have as Congress looks to reauthorize the financially-stressed National Flood Insurance Program.

Harvey's Floodwaters Cut Off City’s Water Supply

The storm has turned most of Beaumont, Texas into “an island,” isolating a city of 120,000 residents, many who now find themselves scrambling for water.

What 35 Inches of Rain Can Dredge Up

Hurricane Harvey’s unusual path could hit Houston with rain and storm surges at the same time—surfacing gators, snakes, sewage, and coffins.

City Learns Costly Lesson About the ‘Quick, Cheap Way’ to Build

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | There’s no budget contingency plan in South Dakota; Iowa DOT graphic designer hurt by public’s complaints; and “Baltimore has had more than enough time to think” about Confederate statue removal.

Seeking Efficiencies Through Major Upgrades to Portland’s Water Works

While ratepayers wince, a preference for long-term investment may also deliver long-term quality and some tech advantages.

Nearly 4 Million Students Attend Schools in Flood-Risk Areas

New research map affected counties, offers policy solutions.

EPA Program to Clean Up Toxic Sites Gets Attention on Capitol Hill

President Trump has proposed slashing the Superfund program. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he wants to make it a priority. Congress is taking a look at it, too.

Annapolis Looks to Keep Its History Above Water

In Maryland’s capital, confronting rising sea levels means considering irreplaceable buildings that are an important part of the city’s heritage and economy.

The Tech That Helps San Francisco Process Its Wastewater

PHOTOS: Treating raw sewage and stormwater involves a maze of pipes and plenty of data analytics, too.

Bill That Could Offer Boost to Drinking Water Systems Advances in U.S. House

“We cannot fool ourselves into thinking local governments can do this on their own,” said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko.

Parched Valley’s Eminent Domain Fight Over Thirsty L.A.’s Century-Old Land Grab

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: ‘Somebody dropped the ball,’ in Wilmington, Del.; Trump denies North Dakota governor’s request; and N.Y.C. mayor’s new war on rats.

New Ecological Disaster for Chesapeake Bay Watershed May Be Just 3 Years Away

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Detroit’s pet coke proposal; a new Indiana preemption law; and other stories you may have missed over the past few days.

Draft Appropriations Bill Bucks Trump’s Request to Ax Rural Water, Sewer Program

“Congress is declaring they are retaining the USDA rural water funding initiative,” according to a policy analyst with the National Rural Water Association.

Years-Running Fluoridation Debate Continues to Bedevil Albuquerque-Area Water Board

One board member asks: “Don’t people have the right to not take medical advice if they don’t want to?”

N.C. Man Sees $99.9 Million Service Fee on His Local Water Bill

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New ‘Buy American Steel’ law in Texas worries mayors on Canadian trade trip; N.J. project sees largest sale of unrated muni bonds so far in 2017; and will California leaders replumb the state?

Five Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials are accused of failing to act on a Legionnaires' disease outbreak associated with the city’s lead-poisoning problems.