Water Infrastructure

Flint River with blue sign on post in winter.

Lead Pipes Make Up Nearly One Tenth of US Water Service Lines

A decade after the Flint crisis captured national attention, tens of thousands of US water transmission lines can still leach dangerous chemicals.

April 30, 2024 - NPR

Large water pipe with brown water pouring out into dirt ditch.

Southern Water Infrastructure at Risk From Climate Impacts

A water main breaks somewhere in the United States every two minutes, according to an estimate from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

April 21, 2024 - The Conversation

Water flowing over top of Englebright Dam in Northern California.

California Water Plan Readies State for Climate-Impacted Future

A wet winter will replenish the state’s snowpack and reservoirs, but could also increase flooding and wildfire risk in some areas.

April 11, 2024 - KQED

View from shore of Sepulveda Basin water catchment basin with marsh plants along shore.

LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water

The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.

February 25, 2024 - Wired

Close-up of old, rusted water pipe leaking at joint.

White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding

The new funds add to the effort to replace aging infrastructure and lead pipes.

February 21, 2024 - ABC News

Culvert under a road in northern Wisconsin with frozen water blocking most of the pipe.

Wisconsin to Invest Over $400M in Water Infrastructure

The state’s Clean Water Fund helps cities improve stormwater management, replace aging infrastructure, and upgrade wastewater treatment facilities.

January 3, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Paved rural road in developing country with water on either side.

‘Green Roads for Water’ Meshes Transportation With Water Conservation

Simple, sometimes ancient designs can transform roadways into environmental conservation tools.

December 29, 2023 - Wired

Bird-s eye view of circular retention tanks at water treatment plant

Aging Kentucky Water Systems Lack Funding and Resources

The state needs close to $8 billion over the next two decades to maintain and modernize its rural water infrastructure.

August 7, 2023 - Louisville Public Media

A sign announcing the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility in Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi Investigated for Civil Rights Violations in Jackson Water Crisis

The NAACP has accused a pair of Mississippi departments of discrimination against Black Mississippians, leading to the loss of drinking water in the state's capital city at the end of the summer.

October 25, 2022 - Mississippi Free Press

A large reservoir and its dam are shown in golden foothills.

Bay Area Development Encounters the Limits of the Water Supply

A development battle pitting Contra Costa County against the East Bay Municipal Utility District illustrates the challenges of developing new housing supply in a time of drought.

August 25, 2022 - The Mercury News

South Platte River surrounded by apartments and office buildings at Shoemaker Plaza in Confluence Park. Denver, Colorado

Nebraska, Colorado Square Off in Fight Over South Platte River Water

Billions of dollars of water development are at stake as Colorado and Nebraska battle for control of more South Platter River water.

January 19, 2022 - Hastings Tribune

Irrigiation Channel

Arizona Governor Pledges $1 Billion to Water Infrastructure

The billion-dollar investment in the state's water supplies sounds good on paper, but lawmakers must also distribute funding effectively to mitigate the state's urgent water shortage.

January 14, 2022 - azcentral

Downtown Anchorage with the snow covered Chugach Mountains in the background.

Anchorage Mayor Under Fire for Shutting Down Municipal Water System

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson took it upon himself to shut down the use of fluoride used in the municipality's water treatment system based on claims that water treatment plant employees had been injured on the job.

December 17, 2021 - Alaska's News Source

California State Water project

The Benefits of Covering Canals With Solar Panels

Research claims that installing solar panels over California's extensive canals could greatly expand the state's renewable energy production and reduce evaporation.

April 5, 2021 - High Country News

New York City

'American Jobs Plan': Potential Sea Change for Federal Infrastructure Spending

After a week of speculation and rumor, the Biden administration today revealed its promised infrastructure plan.

March 31, 2021 - James Brasuell

Desalination Plant Australia

Environmentalists Object to California Desalination Plan

Critics of a controversial desalination project planned for Orange County claim Governor Newsom is pressuring officials to support the plant in spite of environmental concerns.

March 1, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Gila National Forest

A New Tool for More Flexible and Resilient Water Policies

A new book created by the Sonoran Institute explains how exploratory scenario planning can be useful to prepare for the uncertainty of water in the near- and long-term future.

November 10, 2020 - Sonoran Institute

Friant Dam

California Reservoir Project at Risk of Forfeiting $171 Million in State Funding

The Temperance Flat Reservoir Project might be falling too far behind schedule to maintain a huge chunk of state funding, according to reports.

November 5, 2020 - Maven's Notebook

Niobrara River

The U.S. of Breaking and Broken Dams

New analysis of high-hazard dams reveals the ubiquity, and risks, of the infrastructure challenges facing the United States.

November 12, 2019 - AP News

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Election 2019: Planning and Development Related Results Roundup

Many states and cities around the country voted on November 5, 2019 to decide matters related to the future of the built environment.

November 6, 2019 - James Brasuell

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