Water Policy Program News

One Of These Conservatives Should Be Trump's EPA Chief

There have been lots of rumors about who President-elect Trump is going to pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. In truth, at this point, no one knows who is going to lead the Trump Administration’s EPA. Forbes provides a list of individuals they would suggest who are knowledgeable about environmental policy, who are fiscally responsible, and who care about the environment. Among them: Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Board of Advisors Chair William K. Reilly. 

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Nevada City Tests Blueprint for Buying, Selling Water Rights

In early spring 2017, Nevada's Diamond Valley is expected to test a blueprint for buying and selling water rights to redistribute the valley’s water. The trading should shift supply to where it’s needed most and should allow those with surplus supply to profit from it. The blueprint was developed by researchers at the Nicholas Institute and builds on lessons from Australia’s search for a water rights and management framework to keep water withdrawals within sustainable limits.

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Pennsylvania Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Contributes to Road Repair Costs in Surrounding States’ Counties

In a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Management, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Lauren Patterson and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Kelly Maloney report that transportation of waste associated with the development of unconventional oil and gas in Pennsylvania increases the cost of road repairs not only in Pennsylvania but in counties in the surrounding states of West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and New York. Between July 2010 and December 2013, the estimated cost to repair roads damaged by trucks transporting unconventional oil and gas waste ranged from $3 million to $18 million. Although the majority of these costs were concentrated in Pennsylvania (79 percent), Ohio counties absorbed some of them (16 percent). 

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Roady to Join Duke to Identify, Tackle Pressing Environmental Issues

Steve Roady brings a wealth of environmental law and policy experience to his new joint appointment at Duke’s Law School and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. As professor of the practice at the Law School and a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute, Roady, who has taught environmental litigation and ocean and coastal law and policy as a senior lecturing fellow at the Law School since 2003, will continue to teach. He will also be charged with creating interdisciplinary teams to examine approaches to large-scale environmental problems.

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Search Begins for Climate and Energy Program Lead

Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has launched a search for their next Climate and Energy Program director. “We are at an incredibly important point in global climate and energy policy,” said Nicholas Institute Director Profeta. “This opening allows for someone to lead a team that plays a role in critical environmental debates centered around the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations, the transition of the future electric grid, and next steps for U.S. climate policy.”

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U.N. Climate Deal: Are we Done?

In the largest ever single-day turn-out for a signing ceremony, more than 170 governments on April 22 signed the Paris Agreement, which has a goal of limiting average surface temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. Voice of America asked experts if the agreement solves climate change globally. Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, says the real test is “whether the countries will actually take action."In the largest ever single-day turn-out for a signing ceremony, more than 170 governments on April 22 signed the Paris Agreement, which has a goal of limiting average surface temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. Voice of America asked experts if the agreement solves climate change globally. Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, says the real test is “whether the countries will actually take action."

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Water for Food Institute Names New Director

Peter McCornick, a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and an internationally recognized expert in sustainable water management, will be become executive director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (WFI) at the University of Nebraska, September 1. McCornick has led research and development efforts on water, agriculture, and the environment in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States, and focuses on water and food security, the water-food-energy nexus, water reuse, irrigation management, and water and climate adaptation.

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McCornick Named Water for Food Executive Director

Peter G. McCornick, a senior fellow (non-resident) at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and deputy director general for the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has been named executive director of The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (WFI) at the University of Nebraska. McCornick said that WFI “is truly making a difference in improving water and food security for generations to come. I look forward to working with the University of Nebraska leaders, faculty and staff, as well as its many partners in the U.S. and internationally, to advance the institute’s achievements and impact.”

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$2B in Private Investment, New Interior Center Chief Announced ($)

The Interior Department named the first leader of its new Natural Resource Investment Center (NRIC), an organization created to promote habitat conservation, water conservation and water infrastructure. Also working at the center is Interior's Senior Conservation Finance Fellow Martin Doyle, who is on leave from his position as director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.

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Interior Department Names Jeff Klein Executive Director of Natural Resource Investment Center

Florida Water Daily shares the Interior Department's announcement about the new role of Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Water Policy Program Director Martin Doyle. He's now serving as senior conservation finance fellow at the Natural Resource Investment Center.

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