Monday, 30 June 2014 11:06
Contact: Anne-Marie Fennell – GAO – May 22, 2014
Key issues related to freshwater availability and use, such as concerns about population growth straining water supplies, lack of information on water availability and use, and trends in types of water use, remain largely unchanged since 2003, according to state water managers, experts, and literature. A recently released GAO report looks at the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, including droughts and floods, on water resources, and the effect of the energy sector on water quantity and quality. According to state water managers, experts, and literature reviewed by GAO, freshwater shortages are expected to continue into the future. In particular, 40 of 50 state water managers expect shortages in some parts of their states under average conditions in the next 10 years. However, uncertainty stemming from factors such as patterns of economic growth and land use change is likely to complicate future state water managers' planning efforts. To access the report and learn more, click here.
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:05
By Hope Yen – Delaware Online – June 24, 2014
A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration’s plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab. The filing in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia puts the lawmakers alongside 21 attorneys general who already oppose the cleanup, a case testing the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Water Act. The filing was submitted late last week. For full story, click here.