Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Playing it safe

Bill would mandate testing for lead in Oregon schools


Portland Tribune

Oregon lawmakers have revived a bill that mandates testing for lead in water supplies and carbon dioxide monitors in public schools. The bill also provides a special $2.5 million fund to pay for the new obligations. The legislation in play would consolidate all of the environmental testing regulations for schools, making it easier for school officials to comply, said Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay.


Report: Forests provide water management ideas

Sightline Institute

A new report from the Urban Greenprint project looks to capitalize on nature's ability to manage rainfall, employing principles of biomimicry to improve how we build our cities. “Seedkit: Design Concepts Learned from Pacific Northwest Forests” identifies properties of forests that cities and towns can imitate to manage the massive quantities of rainfall for which western Cascadia is known.


5th Infrastructure Week kicks off with new poll

Water Online &

The Value of Water Campaign kicked off the fifth annual Infrastructure Week by releasing results to a new poll and leading events that highlight the importance of water infrastructure. By a resounding 67 percent, Americans want Congress and the Trump Administration to prioritize infrastructure, the poll shows.