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Jackson, MS is Struggling With a Water Crisis, Who’s Paying Attention?

Jackson, MS is Struggling With a Water Crisis, Who’s Paying Attention?

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While all eyes were on Texas last month, another part of the U.S. has been dealing with its own water crisis. Parts of Jackson, Mississippi have been without water for almost 3 weeks after cold weather swept through the region. Thousands of people, predominantly people of color, have been impacted by the shortage […]

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After Texas Deep Freeze, 74 Lawmakers and 500 Organizations Urge Biden to Back Water Infrastructure Bill

After Texas Deep Freeze, 74 Lawmakers and 500 Organizations Urge Biden to Back Water Infrastructure Bill

While more than one million Texans are still living without running water, Democratic lawmakers and advocates across the nation are urging President Biden to back a water infrastructure bill that would commit $35 billion to update and climate-proof the nation’s water infrastructure. 

Why This Matters: The Guardian reports that a majority of water and waste systems in the U.S. are unprepared to deal with the increasing impacts of climate change.

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Florida and Georgia Asking the Supreme Court to Draw a Line on Water

Florida and Georgia Asking the Supreme Court to Draw a Line on Water

Florida and Georgia faced off again in the Supreme Court on Monday, asking the Justices to settle their long-running dispute over water.  The problem is that there is not enough to go around in three rivers the emanate in Georgia but flow through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Why This Matters:  The states failed to reach a water compact more than a decade ago — now they have nowhere else to go but the Supreme Court, which has “original jurisdiction” over a dispute between two states.

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FEMA May Increase Flood Insurance Rates to Reflect Skyrocketing Risk

FEMA May Increase Flood Insurance Rates to Reflect Skyrocketing Risk

The National Flood Insurance Program is revising its rates for flood coverage on April 1st, and to reflect current risks, and experts say they may need to quadruple. FEMA’s new risk rating system will use a model proposed by the First Street Foundation, which found that by 2050, insurance premiums on flood-risk homes would need to rise sevenfold to cover the costs of annual damage.

Why This Matters: The rising premiums create a conundrum for the Biden administration, which has promised to honor science in federal policymaking but has also pledged to address economic issues facing the working class.

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Clean energy, justice, and salmon: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Northwest

Clean energy, justice, and salmon: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Northwest

By Bob Irvin, President and CEO, American Rivers A vision is emerging in the Pacific Northwest that would not only save iconic salmon, but boost clean energy and vital infrastructure, and honor treaties with Northwest tribes — revitalizing an entire region and building resilience in the face of climate change. Salmon in the Pacific Northwest […]

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The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A lesser-known facet of climate change could threaten California’s San Francisco Bay Brea: rising groundwater. As Bay Area sea level rises, so does groundwater which comes with a host of externalities.  It seeps through basement cracks, chronically backs up toilets, corrodes pipes, and worst of all: resurfaces toxic substances […]

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