Water

Mining Powers Modern Life, But Can Leave Scarred Lands and Polluted Waters Behind

COMMENTARY | Deep mines disturb the smallest amount of surface land, but are inherently more dangerous for miners.

EPA Again Targets California, Now Focusing on Water Quality

The Trump administration says California is “failing” on water quality, the latest EPA action against the Democrat-led state.

Silicon Valley Is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country

Microchip manufacturers contaminated the groundwater in the 1980s. Almost 40 years later, the cleanup still isn’t complete.

In Arid Corner of the West, Plan For 140-Mile Water Pipeline Stirs Debate

Leaders in the St. George region of Utah see a pending water pipeline as crucial for accommodating booming population growth. Critics say it’s risky and unnecessary.

The Trouble With America’s Water

Lead-tainted drinking water is not only a problem in Flint and Newark.

Can We Predict The Next City with Unsafe Drinking Water?

With aging infrastructure and unexpected weather events, municipalities are facing more and more water safety issues.

The Toxic Algae That's Taking Over The Country's Waters

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in dozens of states and municipalities, shutting beaches and putting people and animals at risk.

Drilling Deeper Wells is a Band-Aid Solution to Groundwater Woes

COMMENTARY | Although this seems like a logical response when usable water supplies are scarce, deeper drilling cannot go on forever.

The Brain-Eating Amoeba Is a Nearly Perfect Killer

The single-celled menace rarely infects humans. That’s what makes it so hard to treat.

Western States Buy Time With a Drought Plan, But Face a Drier Future

COMMENTARY | The plan acknowledges that southwestern states need to make deep water use reductions to prevent Colorado River reservoirs from declining to critically low levels.

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

Desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. But it remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

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It's Getting Easier to Find Out If a Beach Might Make You Sick

Chicago is the only major U.S. city to use a new method to test for bacteria at most of its beaches—and then issue same-day swimming advisories.

U.S. House Bill Calls for New Limits on Chemicals in Drinking Water

The legislation targets a class of industrial compounds known as “PFAS,” which have stoked public health concerns.

The Town That Extended 'Smart Growth' to Its Water

As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

Moody’s: FEMA’s Decision About California Dam Is a Signal to States and Localities

The federal agency may want governments to repair and replace aging infrastructure before it fails, but making California eat some of the repair costs could lead to more deferred maintenance on other projects, the ratings company said.

Aging Infrastructure Might Be Raising Water Bills

Repairs and water treatment improvements affect affordability, which is why utilities aim to innovate.

Democrats Lay Down a Marker on Drinking Water and Sewer Funding

But a bill introduced Thursday calling for billions in new spending and a tax increase is likely to be a tough sell with Republicans.

Sewage Case Will Get Airing Before U.S. Supreme Court

The controversy involves questions about when wastewater is subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.