The increased amount of impervious surfaces surrounding the watershed makes the area more susceptible to runoff, which contributes to the severity of flood impacts, though hydrologists have said development is not solely to blame.
The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.
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“One thing that was really evident: Even people who are following closely are not totally aware of the flood risks that we have in the [San Francisco] Bay Area.”
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Unlucky topography and an intense rainstorm creates a major disaster in Ellicott City for the second times in nearly two years.
An Iowa mayor and a D.C. city official reflect on flooding and other "resiliency" issues affecting their towns.
A House committee passed its Water Resources Development Act legislation unanimously on Wednesday.
Provisions involving the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act have drawn backlash from some utility groups.
Water and sewer utility provisions found in the Senate version of the legislation aren't included in the House draft.
A warm winter and weak snowpack suggests that this “is the kind of drought we will have to deal with in the future.”
“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would be authorized through 2021 under a bill released Thursday.
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Since its inception seven years ago, the National Water Pledge Campaign has collected more than 1.6 million commitments to conserve more than 8 billion gallons.
Climate change will put the Golden State in a destructive cycle of floods and droughts.
“There has to be a cooperative spirit or it just flat-out won’t work,” according to Ed Eisch, fish production program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Bipartisan legislation would create a four-year pilot project within the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.
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