Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bay of hope

Chesapeake supporters optimistic funds won't be cut

Clean drinking water in several states is reliant on government funding for Chesapeake Bay. (Fish and Wildlife Service)

Public News Service

Public News Service & NPR

Those who love Chesapeake Bay are hopeful this week that despite President Trump's promise to cut funding this year that would help protect the bay, lawmakers will refuse to do that. A subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is expected to include $60 million for the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program with $10 million of that allocated to grant programs to operate on-the-ground restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


New Jersey draft water plan faces turbulence

Press of Atlantic City & NJ Spotlight

New Jersey has sufficient water available to meet its needs into the foreseeable future, provided the state’s water resources are efficiently managed. That's the main takeaway from the fourth and final meeting on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s water-supply draft plan that was released in May. Critics, however, contend that the plan doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies.


N.C. governor urges EPA to set limits for GenX

WECT Raleigh & Fayetteville Observer

While Gov. Roy Cooper told the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday that federal officials must set limits for GenX so that North Carolina can protect its drinking water, researchers say GenX may not be the only chemical in the water. The concern stems from a June investigation into Chemours' discharge of GenX into Cape Fear River.