Water Policy

***Election 2014: Analysis on Impacts to Important Water Committees‏***

This special report was prepared by the Ferguson Group (TFG), that is the lobbyist for the Family Farm Alliance.  It is a good report on the outcome of the midterm elections and potential impacts to the congressional committees with jurisdiction over federal water policies, infrastructure, and program funding.  The Family Farm Alliance distributed the report to its membership, so if you distribute further, please give credit to the Farm Alliance & TFG.


December 4, 2014--Toledo mayor: US must focus on water quality (Washington Post)

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, called Wednesday for the federal government to devote full attention to improving water quality in America’s lakes and rivers, describing the toxic algae blooms that tainted his city’s water supply this summer as a danger “doomed to be repeated.” Mayor Michael Collins appeared before the Senate Agriculture Comm


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


October 23, 2014--Nebraska: Beacon Of Good Water Policy? (Water Online)

Is Nebraska a model for sensible water regulation? "With ongoing summer droughts in many states across the country, water scarcity continues to be a threat, [which is shifting] water regulation policies in some states to focus on more local management plans like Nebraska has," Nebraska News Service recently reported.


October 15, 2014--Time for a serious policy on water pricing (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Do you know the price of your monthly cell phone bill? I bet you do. How about your water bill? What’s the cost difference between taking a shower for 5 minutes or 30 minutes? Most Americans consume plenty of clean water without worrying much, if at all, about its price. Yet which is more valuable, water or a smartphone?


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


September 17, 2014--Drought solutions overlook too many factors water policy expert warns (Virtual Strategy Magazine)

Much of the world, according to Neil Grigg, PhD, is experiencing a major extended drought crisis that in many regions affects economic growth, human health and basic survival. Grigg praises the many individuals who are dedicated to solving the crisis but warns that too many fresh water policy solutions overlook large portion of the problem.


June 18, 2014--Bad water policies (Aguanomics)

Here -- for your future reference -- are a few popular policies and their drawbacks: A national water strategy is usually inappropriate because it's at the wrong governance scale. The largest useful scale for governance is a watershed or catchment, which may cross national or political boundaries.


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