Since the early 1980s, climate change had warmed the Gulf of Maine’s cool waters to the ideal temperature for lobsters, which has helped grow Maine’s fishery fivefold to a half-billion-dollar industry, among the most valuable in the United States. But last year the state’s lobster landings dropped by 22 million pounds, to 111 million. View… Read More


The project’s purpose is to determine if the addition of nitrogen can stimulate plankton (fish food organisms) production in a section of the ship channel, which is isolated from the Delta in terms of water flow. The project is an initial step in a broader effort to determine if, through the repair of the West… Read More


After years of environmental studies, feasibility reports and stalled plans, federal officials are once again moving forward with plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam and intend to award the first construction contract next year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to advertise for bids on a construction contract in September 2019 and award a… Read More


Allaire, M.; Haowei Wu; Lall, U. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115 (9):2078-2083; 10.1073/pnas.1719805115 2018 Abstract Ensuring safe water supply for communities across the United States is a growing challenge in the face of aging infrastructure, impaired source water, and strained community finances. In the aftermath of the Flint… Read More


Sanborn, L. H.; Carpenter, A. T. Journal – American Water Works Association, 110 (3):E18-E33; 10.1002/awwa.1022 2018 Abstract Media reports in 2016 brought lead contamination of drinking water to public attention, particularly at schools where young students can be exposed to lead by drinking at contaminated outlets. In an effort to assess nationwide progress on addressing this potential… Read More


Yan Zheng; Flanagan, S. V. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125 (8):085002; 10.1289/EHP629 2017 Abstract: BACKGROUND:The 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regulates >170,000 public water systems to protect health, but not >13 million private wells. State and local government requirements for private well water testing are rare and inconsistent; the responsibility to ensure water safety remains with individual households.… Read More


Our annual Water Summit, being held Sept. 20, will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta. … Brenda Burman, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will give the keynote address, talking about federal water issues along the Colorado River and in California involving… Read More


Ander, E. L.; Watts, M. J.; Smedley, P. L.; Hamilton, E. M.; Close, R.; Crabbe, H.; Fletcher, T.; Rimell, A.; Studden, M.; Leonardi, G. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND HEALTH, 38 (6):1313-1332; 10.1007/s10653-016-9798-0 DEC 2016 Abstract: Tap water from 497 properties using private water supplies, in an area of metalliferous and arsenic mineralisation (Cornwall, UK), was measured to assess… Read More


Valcarcel, Y.; Valdehita, A.; Becerra, E.; Alda, M. L. de; Gil, A.; Gorga, M.; Petrovic, M.; Barcelo, D.; Navas, J. M. Chemosphere, 201 388-398; 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.02.099 2018 Abstract Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are natural or man-made chemicals that can affect the health of organisms by interfering with their normal hormonal functions. Many of these substances can cause their effects at… Read More