The Senate Budget Committee today released the text of a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would pave the way for a tax overhaul without Democratic votes. The 89-page legislative text includes reconciliation instructions that allow the Senate Finance Committee to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. The budget also includes instructions for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to save at least $1 billion over a decade. A vote is expected next week and the resolution is expected to be approved. Here is a summary of the resolution, and here are its tables and an explanation of how it enables tax reform.
EPA’s Water Finance Center partnered with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) to develop Water Infrastructure Financial Leadership: Successful Financial Tools for Local Decision Makers. This document highlights successful strategies that have been used to fund and finance water infrastructure.
Why is Financial Leadership Important for Water Infrastructure?
Financial leadership practices for water infrastructure and services are an integral component of the overall economic health of every community. The health of all communities —small or large, wealthy or in need— depends on adequate infrastructure that can reliably deliver safe drinking water and provide clean wastewater and stormwater management.
This document is a resource that states and stakeholders can share with local decision makers. The information in this document can help local leaders:
- Identify what is needed for financial planning,
- Determine how to fund and finance a project, and
- Consider which strategic approaches can be used to protect local investments.
Where can I Find More Information?
This resource can also be found in the Water Finance Clearinghouse, an online database of resources and funding information that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs.
The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling.
Congress has sole authority to determine whether oil and gas drilling can take place within the refuge's 19.6 million acres. But seismic studies represent a necessary first step, and Interior Department officials are modifying a 1980s regulation to permit them.
Sea ice is sparse in Arctic waters off Alaska, and the implications for animals, upcoming winter weather and next year's ice pack are reported to be profound.
A lack of floating ice forced walruses to the shore of Alaska's Chukchi Sea earlier than any time on record. Perilous melt conditions forced biologists monitoring Alaska polar bears to cut short their spring field season. Other scientists sailing in the region marveled at the extraordinarily warm water temperatures. A ship, a Finnish icebreaker, made the earliest recorded vessel crossing of the once-impenetrable Northwest Passage, sailing from the Bering Strait to Greenland in July.
Dozens of walruses were found dead this week near the village of Point Lay on a barrier Arctic island that has emerged as a favored end-of-summer haulout for animals trying to survive without summer sea ice.
Federal wildlife officials suspect a stampede or stampedes. Many of the dead walruses were young animals more vulnerable to trampling. Officials hope to send a veterinarian to check the carcasses and learn more about what happened, said Andrea Medeiros, a spokesperson for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The small and sometimes patchy glaciers that cling to high mountain slopes in Alaska appear to be big players in groundwater and river systems far from the sea.
That is the conclusion of a University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study that traced the melt from one of those high-altitude glaciers to the groundwater that flows, ultimately, into a major Alaska river.
This week, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. As climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann wrote, “[W]e can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it.”
After leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning. By midday, the National Hurricane Center reported the deadly Category 4 storm had begun to swing away from the Keys — and toward Florida's mainland.