Water Collection, Contamination and More Making Headlines


Chesapeake Bay

From rainwater collection to water contamination, stories involving water can affect all of us. Here are a few of our latest and most popular stories on the subject:

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) recently signed legislation allowing residents to use barrels to capture rainwater dripping off their rooftops. The measure becomes effective in August.

    Bloomberg BNA reporter Tripp Baltz reports that supporters call it a common-sense measure, but the legislation has been surprisingly contentions and failed in two prior sessions.  He has the story for subscribers in Rain Barrel Collection of Water Legalized in Colorado.
  • In New York, four forms of a chemical used in making nonstick cookware have been classified as hazardous substances under emergency and proposed regulations announced by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, reports Gerald B. Silverman. These steps were taken after the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid was found in the drinking water supply for Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

    After the contamination was discovered, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) in January ordered emergency regulations to classify perfluorooctanoic as a hazardous substance and to have a plastics plant operated by Saint-Gobain Corp. immediately added to the state Superfund list. Silverman has the latest story for subscribers in Emergency Rules in New York Aim to Curb Water Contamination.
  • In the mid-Atlantic area, the third wave of watershed-level plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay will not be in place by the December 2018 deadline, the halfway point for states in the watershed to have all their restoration strategies in place, Chesapeake Bay Commission staff said Friday.

    Ann Swanson, the tri-state commission's executive director, told representatives from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland to expect a “slip” in the timeline mostly because of a delay in the land-use data that states are collecting for each affected watershed, reports Amena H. Saiyid. She covers the news in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plans Behind Schedule.