Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Leading the way

WRF's new Blueprint for One Water guides agencies

WRF

Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation has released the Blueprint for One Water, a practical guide for agencies seeking to manage water resources holistically and sustainably. Brown and Caldwell developed the blueprint, which was sponsored by WRF, with input from over 800 water professionals who participated in an international survey, more than 10 one-on-one interviews, and a two-day international workshop with 35 water professionals.

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Snyder OKs faster lead notification requirements

Associated Press

More than 15 months after Flint’s water emergency broke open, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the first policy change stemming from the crisis. The new law requires utilities to more quickly warn if there is too much lead in water. The deadline is now three business days instead of 30 days. The signing preceded a U.S. EPA “data summit” that will be held Tuesday in Chicago.

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Minnesota becomes first state to ban triclosan

Associated Press

Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan took effect Jan. 1, and the people who spearheaded the law say it’s also having a positive effect on a national level. The federal government caught up to Minnesota’s 2014 decision with its own ban that takes effect in September 2017. Major manufacturers have largely phased out the chemical already.

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