White House threatens veto on Oregon lands bill

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for timber counties in Oregon.

EPA, Corps propose rule to clarify Clean Water Act authority

The Washington Post

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers  proposed a draft rule that clarifies the links between smaller bodies of water to larger lakes and rivers, a move that could lead to an expansion of the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, The Washington Post reports.

US judge upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge rejected a bid by farm industry groups to block federal and state pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by more tightly regulating wastewater treatment, construction along waterways and agricultural runoff.

Great Lakes program inspires rare bipartisanship

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Nowhere has the fervor to cut government down to size been more dramatically on display than in the industrial Midwest.

Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola on Friday will sign a five-year agreement to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.

Michelle Obama drinking water campaign concerns environmentalists

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama led Wisconsin high school students in a toast to "the best drink in town" Thursday as she launched a campaign to encourage people to drink more water — something she said was the single best thing Americans could do to improve their health.

GOP water infrastructure bill coming tomorrow

The Hill

House Republicans will release their version of a water infrastructure reauthorization bill tomorrow, The Hill reports.

Army Corps: India, China outpacing U.S. water investments


Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General Thomas Bostick said the U.S. is trailing both India and China in water infrastructure investment in terms of GDP, Bloomberg reports.

Scientists help farmers create greener dairies

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) — Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer.

In drought, water war in Calif. fought underground

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For decades, this city in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew.


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