Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Big investment

New York City commits $1 billion to protect water

New York City's Water Supply System map.


New York Times & N.Y. Department of Health

New York City tap water often has been called the “champagne of drinking water” due to the city's ability to provide nearly all of that water without filtration plants. It is also one of the few cities in the country — along with Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. — to do so. Now, the Big Apple has committed $1 billion to protect the nation’s largest municipal water system as part of a far-reaching 115-page agreement with state health officials.


Is organic farming good for the Chesapeake?

Bay Journal & Yale Environment 360

Organic agriculture is the fastest growing sector of the food industry in the United States, and its footprint in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is growing in kind. As demand for organically grown grains increases in the region, does it mean that those farming practices will lead to better water quality than conventional agriculture? The short answer: It depends.


Supreme Court rules on WOTUS suit jurisdiction

Washington Examiner

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that challenges to the Waters of the United States rule must be filed in federal district courts, as opposed to the federal appeals courts. The ruling does not weigh in on the merits of the 2015 water rule, which vastly expanded the definition of a waterway that can be regulated by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.