Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Federal aid for Flint

Obama declares emergency in Michigan water crisis

Flint resident Gladyes Williamson (center) shouts with more than 100 other Flint and Detroit residents toward the state Senate chambers at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday Jan. 14, 2016.  RYAN GARZA

Detroit Free Press

New York Times

President Obama declared a state of emergency in response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., where thousands of residents have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead. The president’s action authorizes FEMA to “coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency” in Genesee County.


Minn. governor releases $220M wish list for water

MPR News

Minnesota's aging water treatment plants and sewer systems will start getting some much needed improvements if Gov. Mark Dayton has his way. On Thursday, Dayton proposed a $220 million plan for water and sewer systems. It's the next step in a water quality agenda that the governor began last year.


Study: Most Lake Superior mercury comes from air

Duluth News Tribune

A new study by the USGS confirms that most of the mercury in Lake Superior is coming from airborne deposition, mercury that floated around in the atmosphere before falling into the lake in rain and snow. The study used a new kind of “chemical fingerprinting,’’ comparing isotopes to determine the source of the mercury.

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