Submitted by Kristin Goree on Mon, 08/01/2011 - 2:18pm
After weeks of hotly contested negotiations involving walkouts, shout outs, fear mongering and other uninspiring behavior by our nation’s leaders, the House and Senate began voting today on a plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion and reduce spending by $2.5 trillion.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Mon, 08/01/2011 - 2:17pm
Language preventing the Fish and Wildlife Service from spending funds to list species, designated critical habitat, or process petitions was removed from the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill for FY 2012. Democrats previously tried and failed to remove this rider during the Appropriations Committee hearing on the bill.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 07/22/2011 - 4:25pm
Draft guidance for the Clean Water Act issued earlier this year represents a vast expansion of federal jurisdiction over water bodies and could put recycled water projects in jeopardy, ACWA said in comments submitted July 22 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Calling the draft guidance a “rule in disguise,” ACWA called on EPA to withdraw the guidance and begin a formal rulemaking process.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 12:34pm
Weighing in on an issue affecting regional water supplies for much of inland Southern California, ACWA called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week to withdraw a final rule designating an additional 1,026 acres of land as critical habitat for the Santa Ana sucker.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 4:19pm
California is poised to receive more than $1.6 million to study ways to improve water efficiency under WaterSMART grants announced today by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
The state is one of six selected to receive a total of $2.7 million from the Bureau of Reclamation to study key river basins and identify strategies to address imbalances between water supplies and demands. Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Texas also will receive funding.