Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flood of funding

N.Y. clean water bill called 'once-in-a-generation'

Talking about the $2.5 billion clean water funding are, from left, Jill Jedlicka of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace, Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs, Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan and Carley J. Hill of the FAIR Committee. (Barbara O’Brien/Buffalo News)

Buffalo News

Buffalo News

New York State's record-spending clean water infrastructure bill will tackle projects from new water and sewer lines for cities to a new septic system at a rural house. The $2.5 billion for big and small projects will go a long way to improve the quality of lakes, streams and rivers, state legislators said. Members of the Western New York State Legislative delegation, who gathered at Canalside Monday, praised the bill that was included in the state budget.

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High lead levels found in 1 in 20 NYC schools

New York Post

Roughly 1 out of every 20 water taps in city elementary schools has tested positive for elevated lead levels, a New York Post analysis of Department of Education data has found. Amid rising concern over lead in schools, the DOE checked about 100,000 taps in elementary buildings across the five boroughs between December 2016 and February of this year.

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Poll: Virginians back Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Bay Journal

Virginians strongly support the multistate effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and oppose efforts to roll back federal clean air and water laws, according to a new survey. The poll of registered voters also found that people see the state’s environment getting better, overall. They gave its overall environmental health a “B,” the highest mark given since the question was first asked in 1997.

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