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Water in a Changing World

Water will be one of the major environmental issues of the 21st century. It's a natural resource that’s already in short supply across parts of the United States and the world -- and will become even scarcer as our population grows and our climate changes. NRDC is focused on ensuring that the water we have stays clean, that we use it efficiently, and that we build the infrastructure to keep it that way.

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Waiving Environmental Protections in the Bay Delta: Bad News for Fishermen, Water Supply, and BDCP

Posted April 3, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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Earlier this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service waived environmental protections for endangered steelhead in the Bay-Delta, in order to allow increased pumping by the CVP and SWP over the next few weeks.  This was the second time in as...continued

Doing the Math on California Water Solutions: Dams Can't Compete with 21st Century Options

Posted March 30, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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The Department of Water Resources upcoming announcement of dismal April 1 snow survey results, an important measure of available water supply for the coming year, will confirm that, despite a few welcome storms, California remains in the grip of drought....continued

Everything you wanted to know about the EPA/Army Corps proposed clean water rules but were afraid to ask

Posted March 25, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today is a big day in the world of water pollution control.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have unveiled, and are asking for public comment on, updated rules that will determine what bodies of...continued

Cheers to protecting the streams and wetlands that make great beer possible

Posted March 25, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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As craft brewers know, you can’t make great beer without clean water.  And you can’t guarantee clean water without having safeguards in place that protect small streams and wetlands from pollution.  For more than a decade, that’s been pretty tough...continued

Winnetka Stormwater Tunnel: What About The Other 99 Percent of Pollution?

Posted March 12, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Confirmation bias is selectively using facts that support one’s position while ignoring the ones that don’t.  The Winnetka Home Owners Association (WHOA) is using confirmation bias to support its claims that stormwater does not contribute to beach closures in Winnetka. ...continued

President Obama's Budget Short-Changes Clean Water

Posted March 11, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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President Obama recently released his administration’s budget, kicking off the annual national discussion about how to invest federal dollars.  Ultimately, this process will end in legislation that funds specific programs throughout the government for the fiscal year that begins in...continued

Let's Not Wait Any Longer to Update Illinois' Plumbing Code

Posted March 2, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Plumbing codes set minimum requirements for the design and construction of the household fixtures and appliances we use everyday.  Their primary purpose is to protect public health and safety, but because they specify how many gallons of water should be used every time a...continued

Tapped Out: How the California Drought Threatens Craft Brewers and How the Clean Water Act Can Help

Posted February 28, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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California's severe drought is threatening people's drinking water supplies, agriculture, the environment, and – as we recently learned -- craft beer.  Brewers who depend on clean water from rivers worry that water managers may need to shift them to other...continued

State of California and Stakeholders Oppose H.R. 3964

Posted February 3, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 3964 (Valadao).  Like H.R. 1837 of 2011-2012, this bill would permanently preempt state law and weaken or eliminate protections for California’s rivers, salmon fishery, and Bay-Delta estuary.  The bill also...continued

We're All in this Drought Together (Unless Congressman Nunes Sacrifices the Environment First)

Posted January 22, 2014 by Doug Obegi in Living Sustainably

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Drought is a natural occurrence and a fact of life in California.  And climate change is likely to make the challenges of drought even more difficult.  While we can’t make it rain, we can prepare for drought by investing in...continued

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