Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Judge weighs in

Ruling clears the way for Flint-Detroit water deal

City of Flint

Detroit News

A federal judge has paved the way for Flint officials to move forward with a long-term water contract supported by the mayor to keep the city from bankruptcy but initially opposed by the City Council. “There is no basis to conclude that the need for immediate action has diminished,” Judge David Lawson wrote in a ruling. “In fact, as time slips away, Flint’s opportunities for an economical long-term water supply contract are running out.”


Senators call for $300M in Great Lakes funding

News Herald

A group of senators sent a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calling for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The letter cited a number of threats to the Great Lakes including "aging sewers, invasive species, harmful algal blooms, and toxic pollutants."


Wisconsin Senate to vote on lead pipe swap-out

Associated Press

The Wisconsin state Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill that would allow a public water utility and municipalities to finance property owners' efforts to replace lead pipes. Under the bill, public water utilities, cities, villages, towns or counties could provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace portions of water pipes they own that contain lead.