Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

$80M for Flint

President promises aid for Michigan water crisis


Detroit News

Detroit News

President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration is giving $80 million in aid to Michigan mostly to help repair Flint’s water infrastructure and make the drinking water safe. Speaking to a gathering of mayors at the White House, the president called the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint an “inexcusable” situation. A White House official later said the revolving fund money would be made immediately available.


IJC: More work needed to protect Great Lakes

Associated Press

The U.S. and Canada have done well at preventing Great Lakes water from being overused or raided by outsiders but should take additional steps to strengthen their legal protection against future grabs, the International Joint Commission reported. The report updated an assessment the IJC made in 2000, amid concern that Sun Belt states might try to pipe water from the Great Lakes.


Water scarcity map offers tool for better planning

University of Minnesota

Water is essential to human well-being, yet reports of water shortages surface daily. Now, thanks to a team of global water experts including researchers from the University of Minnesota, planning for water development and use just took a giant leap forward. The team has developed a global map that planners and policy-makers can use to improve access to water around the world.

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