In a recent case the appeals court ruled that, while state law governs groundwater use, if wastewater passes through it on its way to the ocean, rivers or lakes, it is regulated by the Clean Water Act. The February 1 ruling, issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reflects uncertainty as to how extensive the Clean Water Act should be.
Four months ago, after wild fires destroyed hundreds of homes in Sonoma County, many low-income seniors were left without homes and placed in temporary housing. Many have yet to find permanent lodging, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
California water regulators would likewater sprinkler to make water restrictions enacted during the state’s drought permanent, according to Daily News. Their plans come as the state appears to be back in drought after a slight reprieve last year.
Many of the nation’s local water systems are failing to meet federal sanitary requirements, according to a new study. Researchers writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say that every year since 1982, up to 10 percent of the country’s water systems have violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. As many as 21 million Americans may have been exposed to unsafe drinking water in 2015 alone.
West Sacramento, Calif. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently made a $1 million Program Related Investment (PRI) and a $1 million companion grant to Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) in support of the Rainmakers Investment Collaborative (Collaborative). The Collaborative was established to increase impact investing in and improve access to capital by Native community development efforts in Arizona and New Mexico.