Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Reversing course

EPA wants more data from Ohio on Lake Erie pollution

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Associated Press

The U.S. EPA wants Ohio to do another review of Lake Erie to determine whether it should be declared impaired by toxic algae blooms that have become a recurring threat in recent summers. The agency in a letter to Ohio’s environmental director said it was reversing an earlier decision that had agreed with the state’s assessment that the western end of Lake Erie should not be listed as impaired.

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Minnesota governor wants $1.5B for construction

Associated Press

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton urged lawmakers to borrow $1.5 billion to fund overdue improvements to water infrastructure and various other public construction projects, a request nearly twice as large as his administration estimated last month. The so-called bonding bill will be a marquee item for the coming legislative session when lawmakers return Feb. 20.

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MSU leads $2.5M agricultural water project

Michigan State University

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million USDA grant to better manage these resources and define more sustainable ways for irrigated agriculture to meet current and future demand for food.

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