Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dam problem

Reservoir sediment threatens Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Birdwatchers near the Conowingo Dam, on the Susquehanna River, in Maryland. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Washington Post

Washington Post, The Sentinel & Lancaster Farming

The $19 billion bid to clean the Chesapeake Bay and restore its health rests on a simple plan: cut the amount of nutrient waste — involving nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment — that causes most of the bay’s pollution. That plan counts on reducing municipal sewer overflows and farm runoff, and the Conowingo Dam. But according to a report being prepared by scientists who work for the EPA, something has gone very wrong with the dam.


Filtration decision near for NYC's drinking water

NRDC & NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Officials are hammering out the details of a revised plan to safeguard New York City’s irreplaceable Catskill and Delaware water supplies, which provide drinking water to over 9 million New Yorkers. If N.Y.'s watershed plan does not advance, the city would have to build massive filtration facilities at a price tag of over $10 billion.


Battle brewing between beer makers and EPA


Some of the biggest names in Maine beer making say there is a battle brewing over their biggest ingredient: water. Four breweries have signed on to a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the EPA to keep the Clean Water Rule, an Obama-era regulation that is supposed to protect small waterways from pollution. Brew masters say clean water is the foundation of a quality beer, and they worry potential pollutants could impact their process. See more Clean Water Rule stories below.