Monday, August 29, 2011

Water News

Water Resources Resiliency Bill Introduced

Rep. Lois Capps (CA) has introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011 (H.R. 2738). The bill would make grants available from the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of helping water systems respond to ongoing or forecasted changes in their hydrologic environment. The term “water system” is used more broadly here than some are used to, and it includes community (drinking) water systems, wastewater treatment works and municipal storm water systems, decentralized domestic wastewater treatment, groundwater storage and replenishment, irrigation and conservation water conveyances, and floodwater controls. The bill would authorize $50 million a year for the program for fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

Governors Call for Focus on Flood Control on Missouri River
Seven governors of states along the Missouri River signed a letter to the Corps of Engineers to make flood control the top priority on the river. This letter was prompted by flooding on the lower Missouri River this year.

States on the upper and lower parts of the river have traditionally disagreed on priorities for the river. Upper reach states have generally been interested in recreational uses and related natural resources protection. Montana’s governor was a notable holdout from the letter on the ground of protecting recreational uses. Lower reach states have typically called for an emphasis on flood control and transportation. In recent years, the Corps has emphasized wildlife protection under pressure from environmental and conservation groups.

Related posts and articles:
7 Missouri River Governors Ask for Better Flood Control
Governors Meet to Avert Another Round of Flooding

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