Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Fresh approach

Minn. agency takes on industrial waste at the source

Water flows into the Minnesota River from a pipe connected to the Blue Lake treatment plant in Shakopee. JERRY HOLT

Star Tribune


Star Tribune

A new program in Minnesota appears to be the first of its kind in the nation, tackling a problem common among wastewater agencies. The Metropolitan Council is helping businesses install machinery to clean industrial wastewater at the source. Council staff said that, as a result, treatment plants can reduce operating costs and delay costly expansions. Other people in the water treatment industry will be watching to see how it goes.

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Regional groups join forces to take on stormwater

Michigan Radio

The Great Lakes Commission and Lawrence Technological University are teaming up to protect the Great Lakes by changing the way cities in the region think about rain water. The partnership will look at alternate methods for handling stormwater including rain gardens, barrels, and storm scepters to prevent flooding and improve water quality.

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Ohio unveils plan to curb Lake Erie algae blooms

Columbus Dispatch

Ohio has taken the first step in its role in a bi-national plan to address the annual toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. The state released its “Domestic Action Plan 1.0.” It is part of a 2015 deal made among several states, the U.S. EPA and Canada’s government, aimed at cutting Lake Erie’s nutrient load by 40 percent by 2025. The plan includes revisions based on public input gathered this year.

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