Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Study: Infection likely contributed to 2014 Toledo crisis

A small sample of the thick, bacteria-ridden algae spreading across Lake Erie.
Mark Brush

Michigan Radio

Detroit News

Public officials and scientists need a different way to monitor toxins from algae blooms so they can be detected quicker and before they spread through the water supply, according to a study of the 2014 Toledo crisis. A study led by researchers at the University of Tennessee and James Madison University and University of Michigan scientists found a virus may have been involved in the water contamination that previously wasn’t detected.


Minnesota infrastructure bill funds water projects

Pioneer Press & Daily Globe

Work will soon get underway across Minnesota on $988 million in public construction projects funded in a bonding bill that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law. Water projects will be among the bill's top priorities with $55 million earmarked for wastewater and drinking water systems. $3.5 million will finance the final 16.8 miles of water pipeline from Adrian to Worthington.


Indiana will start testing school water for lead

StateImpact Indiana

State officials plan to investigate the drinking water of over 700 Indiana public schools for lead contamination this summer. Officials will travel the state to collect samples from drinking fountains, kitchen sinks and other fixtures that provide drinking water across school campuses. Water testing will be led by the environmental arm of the Indiana Finance Authority.