Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:49am
The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on the nexus of science and policy related to the Endangered Species Act on October 13.
In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Broun (R-Ga.) called for an overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. He said that U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger statements on the Delta Smelt Biological opinion have “attracted this Subcommittee’s attention” and he quoted Judge Wanger’s criticism of Interior Department scientists.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:44am
EPA has developed new software, the Climate Resiliency Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), to assist drinking water and wastewater utilities in understanding potential climate change threats and assess related risks.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:42am
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing on Oct. 12 to discuss cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) said that the purpose of the meeting was review EPA’s spending and make sure that “EPA can still meet its core mission but at a lower cost.” A majority of the hearing dealt with EPA’s personnel policies, job load, rents and unappropriated monies.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:41am
The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on draft Reclamation Manual releases for water-related contracting activities. These draft releases provide definitions of key terms and revise existing definitions; restructure and clarify Reclamation's water transfer and conversion policy; and consolidate and set-out basic pricing requirements for water-related contracts.
For more information please see the Bureau of Reclamation’s press release.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:30am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to develop national standards for the disposal of wastewater generated by the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said the agency will begin the process of developing a standard with input from stakeholders, including the natural gas industry and public health groups.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 11:10am
The potential threat to the local economy and water supplies posed by expanding critical habitat for the Santa Ana suckerfish was discussed during a field oversight hearing in the Inland Empire yesterday.
Held by the House Subcommittee on Water and Power, the hearing featured testimony from Western Municipal Water District General Manager John Rossi and the City of San Bernardino Water Department General Manager Stacy Aldstadt.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 12:16pm
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced that Lorri Gray-Lee will succeed Karl Wirkus as the Pacific Northwest Regional Director when he retires at the end of December. Gray-Lee served the last four years as the Lower Colorado Region Regional Director.
For more information see the Bureau of Reclamation’s press release.