Clean Water Act guidance
The EPA has issued proposed guidance under the Clean Water Act, including a definition of “Waters of the United States.”
Some say the EPA shouldn’t issue guidance without going through the whole rulemaking process. However, recent Supreme Court decisions have muddied the waters, so to speak.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has published two new reports on climate change and Western water. Many news reports wrote about one report or the other, but there are actually two:
- SECURE Water Act Section 9503(c) — Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2011
- West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments: Bias-Corrected and Spatially Downscaled Surface Water Projections
A sampling of the news coverage:
- U.S. study says rising temperatures put Western water supplies at risk, Sacramento Bee
- Western water woes expected to worsen, Contra Costa Times
- Study predicts more instability in Colorado River flows, Las Vegas Review Journal
- Report: Climate change to sap Utah water supply, Salt Lake Tribune
- Climate change may not dramatically affect California’s precipitation or runoff, Los Angeles Times (did Bettina Boxall read the same report?)
The editorial writers at the Las Vegas Review Journal certainly didn’t read the report (or even their own reporter’s news article) when they wrote River’s problems can’t be blamed on global warming. I guess the Bureau of Reclamation is filled with hippie treehuggers.
Don’t want people to worry about greenhouse gases? Just stop publishing the data!
On the other hand, if you are concerned about climate change, and you’re involved in resource management, say, or local government, check out the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). It’s filled with advice, case studies, directories of contacts, etc.
UCLA will catalog a noted conservationist’s collection, Los Angeles Times, May 1.
When Ellen Stern Harris died of cancer five years ago at age 76, the pugnacious conservationist left a vast and chaotic collection of letters, research files, photos and publications.
Last Wednesday, a UCLA van pulled up to a chilly storage warehouse in West Los Angeles to pick up 28 cartons of materials, carefully organized by an archivist hired through Craigslist. Over the coming months, UCLA plans to digitize the contents to make them available online to scholars and others interested in California’s political and environmental history.
Considered to be the mother of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Act of 1972, Harris was an environmental activist long before the avocation became fashionable. When The Times named her Woman of the Year in 1969, columnist Art Seidenbaum called her “a modern kind of earth mother who fights for land, sea and air…a state official, a community organizer and a most uncommon scold.”