Dammed Funding for U.S. Dams

October 12, 2016
Across the nation, large-scale water infrastructure such as dams have provided a multitude of services, from electric power and water reservoirs to flood control and containment of pollution. But federal investments in large water infrastructure projects have largely been curtailed over the past few decades. Read More

Comments to SEC Encourage Environmental Risk Disclosure

October 3, 2016
Earlier this summer, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to their disclosure requirements for publicly listed mining companies. The Columbia Water Center was among those submitting comments on the proposed new rules. Read More

Climate Week: Why Does It Matter?

September 15, 2016
Climate Week NYC 2016, Sept. 19 to 35, features over 70 events bringing together business, societal and government leaders to share ideas, technologies, resources and success stories that are helping to curb climate change and transition to a low-carbon society. Read More

Construction in the Swamp

August 17, 2016
Despite the miserable weather and ongoing rain, we constructed a wooden structure to hold the GPS receivers, solar panels and other electronic equipment between the three wells. We worked out how and where to mount the antennas and had parts made to accomplish it. Although I had to leave before it was completed, the team persevered through the storm and now we will be monitoring ground subsidence and sediment compaction in the Mississippi Delta. Read More

Rules Would Require More Environmental Risk Disclosure in Mining

August 10, 2016
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed changes to its disclosure requirements for mining companies that could increase the liability potential of companies that fail to accurately disclose environmentally related risks to their investors. Read More

Shareholder Litigation Puts a Spotlight on Environmental Risk

July 11, 2016
Lawsuits based on corporate misrepresentations to investors are gaining attention from those who want to see companies held more accountable for environmental damage--including risks associated with climate change. Read More

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy for Water Security

July 8, 2016
To tackle the challenge of how to effectively educate important stakeholders about ground water in the United States, 11 graduate students from the Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program were asked to recommend a strategy to improve scientific literacy among policymakers and investors. Read More

Presidential Politics: Water Supply and Contamination

June 29, 2016
The federal government needs to develop and implement a plan to solve problems with our water infrastructure, pollution and growing scarcity. How will the next president act? Read More

New Rules to Hold Mining Industry Accountable for Cleanups

May 31, 2016
A federal court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that mining companies provide financial assurance that they can pay for any harm to the environment from their operations. Read More

Project Calculates the Cost of Social Conflict

April 18, 2016
The Columbia Water Center is undertaking a three-year project to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications. Read More
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