Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Small step forward

Experts: Filtered Flint water safe but system unstable

City of Flint

Detroit Free Press

The months-long Flint water crisis may have reached a turning point Friday after early findings from a group of experts showed improving water quality in the city that should reassure most residents that they can drink from their taps if they use a proper filter. But significant challenges remain. Tiny scales of lead flaking off from damaged pipes are still spiking levels in random homes, leaving the entire drinking water system "unstable,” an EPA official said Friday.


Report shows how to banish harmful algal blooms


Harmful algal blooms dangerous to human health and the Lake Erie ecosystem could become a problem of the past. A new report shows that if farmers apply agricultural best management practices on half the cropland in the Maumee River watershed, the amount of total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus leaving the watershed would drop by 40 percent in an average rainfall year.


Bill could help fund sewer system updates

Cincinnati Enquirer

Sen. Sherrod Brown unveiled legislation that he said would help Ohio communities make vital upgrades to outdated sewer systems, without raising residents’ water rates. Brown’s bill would give districts more flexibility in meeting federal requirements. It would also authorize $1.8 billion in federal grant funding to localities that need to upgrade combined sewer systems.

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