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Tag Archives: water infrastructure

Trump Track: Presidential Memo to Boost Western Water Projects—Can It Succeed?

Posted in ESA, NEPA, Trump Track
The Keystone Dam in Oklahoma with all the gates open and flowing a lot of water. Shot at Twilight.On October 19, President Trump issued a “Memorandum Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West.” The memorandum calls for streamlining federal water infrastructure development and operations, apparently by skirting environmental and other administrative processes. As previously noted, the administration is intent on weakening the laws controlling federal water projects, but that… Continue Reading

Rep. Blumenauer Introduces Water Infrastructure Bill—There’s a Grownup in the House

Posted in Northwest, Water Law
On August 1, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act (HR 6249) to address the nation’s aging water infrastructure.  The bill would use excise taxes targeted at industries that are dependent upon and impact safe and reliable water to reinvigorate the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF).  The CWSRF awards… Continue Reading