Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Bipartisan bill

$1 billion House measure to aid water infrastructure

A view of Owasco Lake. (Gwendolyn Craig, The Citizen)


The Citizen & Associated Press

The House has introduced a bipartisan water infrastructure bill just days after the Senate announced a similar measure. The House version would provide $1 billion over five years for water infrastructure projects and streamline the application process to help states seeking system upgrades. The main objective of New York Rep. John Katko's bill is to advance projects through the State Revolving Fund and to preserve the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act.


NYC DEP releases Catskills Reservoir study results

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced the results of a study that examined changes in reservoir storage capacity as a result of sediment deposition in the city’s six reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains. The three-year U.S. Geological Survey study found that natural erosion of watershed mountains and streams has reduced total storage capacity, but it did not affect the city’s drinking water intakes.


How clean are the rivers in Pennsylvania?

LancasterOnline & Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Is the stream near you safe for swimming? Is it safe to eat the fish you catch from it? Can aquatic insects survive in it? You can easily find out. The state Department of Environmental Protection has released an interactive, online map with data on waterways here and across the state. By clicking on a stream, you can find out if it is impaired or not for aquatic life — insects, snails, clams — recreation, fish consumption and as a municipal drinking water supply.