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Interior Secretary Announces New Drilling Rules

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly MMS, has developed rules for offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters that require operators to develop and follow a 13-point Safety and Environmental Management System.

Congress Approves Prescription Drug Disposal Law

New disposal regulations may prevent pharmaceuticals from reaching drinking water sources.

Study: BP Disaster a Product of 'Regulatory Blowout'

The Center for Progressive Reform's new study recommends regulators apply the "precautionary principle" to assess risks and needed safeguards.

Restoration Plan Would Have Spill Penalty Money Stay in Gulf

The report from U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says the money will be used for recovery through a coordinated federal, state and local, long-term strategy

Daigger to Lead International Water Association

Glen Daigger of CH2M Hill will serve as president of IWA for a two-year term.

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Voltea's 'Simple' Technology Helps to Ease Water Stress

The Anglo-Dutch company has based its technology on oppositely charged electrodes combined with anionic and cationic selective membranes.

Elevated Nitrogen and Phosphorus Still Widespread, USGS Says

The U.S. Geological Survey compiled data since the early 1990s to discover that efforts to decrease nutrients in waterbodies have not succeeded.



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The Cost of the 'Water Risk' Component of Climate Change

The Securities and Exchange Commission's guidance on disclosing water risks most likely will increase the costs of doing business.

Oil Companies Offer Equipment, Seek to Improve Incident Response

ExxonMobil will provide underwater equipment to the Marine Well Containment Company for use by BP in the Gulf of Mexico.

$5M Study to Consider Climate Impacts on Great Lakes Water Quality

University of Michigan-led researchers will examine current climate, land use, precipitation and water governance patterns and then combine the data with climate change models to forecast possible effects.

SAWS Seeks Innovative Water Supply Project Ideas

Following the request for information, the San Antonio Water System will release a request for proposals on water supply diversification.

World Water Monitoring Day Debuts Data Map before Sept. 18

The Outpost Central designed map will allow participants to easily view data; upload photos, qualitative feedback and more.

Climate Ready Water Utilities Group to Finalize Report

The group will review and discuss in a public meeting final changes to its report.

IBM Works with Nature Conservancy on Sustaining Watersheds Program

The team will establish a Website for watershed managers and planners to analyze river basins, and make more informed decisions.

SWASH+ to Bring Water and Sanitation to 150 Schools in Central America

Inter-American Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Foundation have provided for funds for the program's expansion.

Landowner and Excavator Failed to Contact Corps of Engineers for Dam

The landowner and the company he hired to perform excavation to create an earthen dam will pay a $30,000 civil penalty.

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Scientific Collaboration Reports Glaciers Retreating in Asia

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, glaciers in the Himalaya are a major source of fresh water and supply meltwater to all of the rivers in northern India.

Fish and Wildlife Targets Spread of Invasive Mussels in the West

Invasive mussels can clog water intake and delivery pipes and dam intake gates, among other thiings.

West Basin Grants Will Help Local Businesses Install HETs

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded nearly $300,000 to the California district to help conserve water by using high efficiency toilets.

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