EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]

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Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]

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Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   For the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River after drought pushed the Lake Mead reservoir to all-time lows. The declaration triggers mandatory water consumption cuts for several Southwestern states. The reservoir and the Colorado river supply drinking water to over 40 […]

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Georgia Wins Water Battle as Environmentalists Allege Ecosystem Threats

Georgia Wins Water Battle as Environmentalists Allege Ecosystem Threats

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   A judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to revise plans for dam operations along the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, a contentious win for Georgia in a series of ongoing battles over water between it and neighboring states. The decision comes after environmental groups, […]

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Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer According to a White House memo, the new infrastructure bill will remove and replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines that provide water to up to 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and daycares. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the provision would create jobs and […]

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“Megadrought” Takes Lake Mead to an All-Time Low

“Megadrought” Takes Lake Mead to an All-Time Low

The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, has reached record lows (at only 36% full) in the face of a severe drought sweeping the western U.S. The reservoir supplies drinking water for 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and more.

Why This Matters: Drought is becoming a permanent fixture across the west, and dry conditions are moving further east each year. 

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