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Sweetwater Authority Wins Statewide Award for Hydro Station Education Experience

The Sweetwater Authority Governing Board on July 22 was presented with the California Association of Public Information Officials Award of Distinction for excellence in public information and communications. The water agency received the award earlier this month for its innovative communication for the Hydro Station Education Experience.

Big PFAS Bill Likely Off the Table. Advocates Say That’s OK

This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will almost certainly not carry broad chemical cleanup and drinking water mandates. Now lawmakers focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are looking for alternative vehicles as the election nears and the congressional calendar shrinks. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and her allies did not convince the Rules Committee this month to allow a vote on the “PFAS Action Act,” H.R. 535 as an amendment to the House NDAA.

Poseidon’s Desalination Plant Faces Day of Reckoning

After more than 20 years of developing plans for a Huntington Beach desalination plant and winding its way through a seemingly endless bureaucratic approval process, Poseidon Water comes to a key juncture as the Regional Water Quality Control Board votes on whether to grant a permit after hearings this week.

Coronado Nonprofit Receives Prestigious ‘Keeling Curve’ Prize for Environmental Work

Citizens’ Climate Education, a nonprofit in Coronado, was one of 10 environmental organizations around the world to receive the prestigious Keeling Curve Prize named for a groundbreaking scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The organization, which promotes bipartisan climate-change mitigation policies such as carbon fees, was awarded its prize at a ceremony in Aspen, CO, on Monday, joining environmental organizations from Indonesia to Iceland.

DOJ Limits Clean Water Act Enforcement Overlap With States

The Justice Department will avoid pursuing Clean Water Act civil enforcement cases that overlap with state actions, the agency’s top environment lawyer announced Monday.

Migratory River Fish Populations Plunge 76% in Past 50 Years

Populations of migratory river fish around the world have plunged by a “catastrophic” 76% since 1970, an analysis has found. The fall was even greater in Europe at 93%, and for some groups of fish, with sturgeon and eel populations both down by more than 90%.

Federal Agencies Warn Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Critical Infrastructure

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday warned that foreign hackers are attempting to target U.S. critical infrastructure.

Environment Report: Why Your Water Bill Might Spike

San Diego’s water utility is preparing to absorb a five percent spike in rates this year despite cries from elected officials to freeze costs during a global pandemic.

Why? The blame often gets passed up the proverbial pipeline.

About three-quarters of San Diego’s drinking water comes from the Colorado River via pipes and aqueducts controlled by the Metropolitan Water District, based in Los Angeles. Since it controls much of the lifeline, it’s often blamed for an increase in rates and that’s partially what happened this year.