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Opponents of latest AR state tax cuts say they benefit wealthy Arkansans; Julian Assange agrees to a plea deal that would allow him to avoid imprisonment in US; Tech-based carbon-capture projects make headway in local government; NV nonprofit calls Biden's student debt initiatives economic justice.

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Charges against fake electors in Nevada are dismissed, Milwaukee officials get ready to expect the unexpected at the RNC convention, and the Justice Department says Alaska is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

On World Water Day, advocates call on Congress to reinstate protections

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Friday, March 22, 2024   

Today is World Water Day, established 21 years ago by the United Nations to promote clean, fresh water.

This year, advocates in the U.S. are pressing Congress to reinstate Obama-era Clean Water Act protections for smaller seasonal streams, safeguards struck down last May by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Jim Murphy, senior director of legal advocacy for the National Wildlife Federation, explained the urgency of restoring the previous rules.

"With those protections now significantly scaled back, if we don't take action, we're going to see that type of pollution again," Murphy asserted. "Especially with water under strain from climate change, and other threats. Americans can't afford that."

The Clean Water Act of 2023 would restore the Waters of the United States rule. It has more than 120 co-sponsors but remains stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Murphy pointed out it is now up to the states to enforce their own environmental protections.

"I think one of the biggest challenges for California is ensuring that the state has the resources needed to deal with the actual workload that this rollback has caused," Murphy noted.

Over the past few years, California has alternated between extreme drought and flooding rains linked to climate change. State, federal, and local agencies are spending hundreds of millions to build flood plains to capture excess water in the wet years and let it soak in to replenish the aquifers.


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