Water
Lake Erie Now Has a “Bill of Rights”

Lake Erie Now Has a “Bill of Rights”

On Tuesday, a citizen-led referendum in Toledo to provide Lake Erie a “Bill of Rights” passed by an impressive 61-39 margin, according to the Toledo Blade’s coverage of the unofficial election results.  Yes — you read that right — the Lake now has rights, thanks to a small group of determined citizens in Toledo.  The initiative requires that the Toledo City Charter be amended to provide that the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health.

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LA to recycle 100% of wastewater

LA to recycle 100% of wastewater

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week that L.A. will recycle 100% of its wastewater by 2035 — a major step to expand water recycling and reduce reliance on imported water.

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Drill Baby Drill In the Everglades

Drill Baby Drill In the Everglades

The Florida Everglades may soon be the site of new oil and gas drilling operations.  A Miami real estate developer has, after a four-year legal battle, received a permit to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades, just west of populous Broward County suburbs.

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The storm that hit FEMA

The storm that hit FEMA

E&E News reported yesterday that the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), the federal advisory panel that’s supposed to provide scientific information to the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure that flood insurance rate maps are accurate, is entering a five-month work stoppage even as property losses mount against the backdrop of severe inundation related to climate change.

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Flint water crisis: what’s next?

Flint water crisis: what’s next?

“Fixing” Flint is going to have to be part of a broader strategy to provide economic relief to other cities like it. In the same way that we must help former coal towns, our nation owes the people of industrial towns a helping hand for all that they’ve given our country.

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Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Yesterday we wrote about how the people responsible for the Flint water crisis have not yet been held accountable. Partially because justice has not been brought to the city, a new Democratic governor (Gretchen Whitmer) was elected last fall and just last week announced a broad commitment to environmental issues including environmental justice.

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