Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Encouraging sign

Lead levels in Flint drop, but residents still can’t drink it

Water fountains at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., last year.  DOUG MILLS

New York Times

New York Times

The drinking water in Flint is now in compliance with federal regulations on lead and copper content, officials said. But they cautioned that it could be a year or more before it is safe for residents to drink from their faucets, because lead-tainted pipes need to be replaced. “We are not out of the woods yet,” Mayor Karen Weaver said. She called the results of water tests “encouraging” but said residents should continue to drink bottled water or use filters.

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Study: Mississippi goes from pristine to polluted

MPR News

A new study paints a mixed picture of health for the Mississippi River upstream of the Twin Cities. The upper stretch of the river is in pretty good shape, but the lower river needs large-scale changes to reduce pollution, according to the report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The river provides drinking water to 1.2 million people between the headwaters and the Twin Cities.

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NEORSD project makes Trump's funding list

The Plain Dealer

President Donald Trump's team produced a preliminary list of about 50 infrastructure projects nationwide proposed as potential recipients for funding of at least $137.5 billion. The list includes one wastewater program: Project Clean Lake, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 's signature 25-year, $3 billion plan to reduce the amount of raw sewage discharged into Lake Erie.

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