Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Big price tag

Minn. cities say they need $5 billion to fix aging sewers

Inside the Metropolitan Council sewer lift station. ELLEN SCHMIDT

MPR News

Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota communities will need almost $5 billion to fix aging sewer systems in the next 20 years, according to a new survey. Every two years, the state Pollution Control Agency surveys Minnesota communities to find out how much money they need to repair or replace wastewater infrastructure like sewer pipes and treatment plants. The 2017 results, reported to the Legislature Jan. 15, put the projected need for the next 20 years at $4.99 billion.


Michigan advances strict new lead water rule


Michigan is pushing ahead with plans to toughen up rules designed to keep lead out of drinking water, including one that would require the replacement of every lead service line in Michigan. The Office of Regulatory Reinvention recently approved draft rules proposed by the Department of Environmental Quality, the start of a process that could take a year or more to complete.


Insecticides pervasive in Great Lakes tributaries

Environmental Health News

U.S. scientists found neonicotinoid insecticides in about three-quarters of samples from 10 major Great Lakes tributaries. The study is the first to examine the insecticides—gaining notoriety in recent years as a prime suspect in bee die-offs— in the world's largest freshwater system and suggests Great Lakes' fish, birds and entire ecosystems might be at risk.