Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Long-term issue

Governor lays out plan to make Flint's lead pipes safer

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver talks to the media during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, as Gov. Rick Snyder (far right) listens to her at the City of Flint Municipal Center. ERIC SEALS

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press

Under mounting pressure to rip out and replace lead pipes that connect an estimated 15,000 or more customers to main water lines, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said that the state first intends to make the existing pipes safe by rebuilding a protective coating between the lead and the water. The governor said the state is still trying to determine where all the lead service lines in Flint are located, and that replacing them will be a long-term issue.

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Minnesota buffer strip plan suffers setback

Pioneer Press

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has ceded ground over a contentious aspect of his plan to require vegetative buffer strips to help protect water from agricultural runoff and erosion. Privately owned drainage ditches are off the table, Dayton announced Friday. Dayton’s buffer plan emerged last year as cornerstone of what has become a hallmark of his policy initiatives: water quality.

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Algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

Midwest Energy News

The number of severe algal blooms in Lake Erie will likely double during the next century, according to new research from The Ohio State University. Although fertilizers from farms played a major part in last year’s record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie, climate change is also a driver. Moreover, power plants help create conditions that are conducive for algal blooms, researchers say.

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