June 2013: Water News Round-up

Andrew Revkin’s New York Times blog, Dot Earth, provides simple analysis for better understanding President Obama’s newly revealed strategies to counteract climate change. Learn more about the climate action plan here (including “a suite of new steps to cut vulnerability to climate and coastal hazards”).

Which brings us to New York City, post Hurricane Sandy, where, this June, Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a detailed $20 billion, 438-page proposal for reconstruction. Fortifying infrastructure, renovating buildings and defending the shore top the ambitious list.

Whether it’s coastal hazards or access for urban or agricultural use, location is an issue where water is concerned. Eastern and Western states have different policies governing water rights; both are contested. The water wars article from NPR discusses issues swirling around the Klamath River in Oregon and the Chattahoochee River that flows through Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

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