Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Call for action

Michigan lawmakers say water legislation has stalled

City of Flint


Two years after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a public health emergency in Flint, state legislators in the area say not enough has been done to protect other parts of the state from a similar fate in the future. State Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, said that several bills introduced during the last two years in response to the Flint water crisis have languished, "a huge shame on us."


Green Bay making progress in replacing lead lines

Green Bay Press-Gazette

The Green Bay Water Utility’s quest to eliminate lead service pipes took a giant stride forward in 2017. The utility’s “Get the Lead Out” program has cut about a third of the utility-owned lead service lines in the city, leaving it with about 959 lines, according to the utility. The utility hopes to have them all replaced by the end of 2020.


Ohio EPA set record for water loans in 2017


The Ohio EPA set a record in 2017 for loans issued to improve the quality of Ohio's rivers, lakes and other bodies of water, with Northeast Ohio receiving the largest share. Ohio EPA awarded more than $936.5 million in low-interest or interest-free loans through three state loan programs, according to an agency report.