Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Funding proposal

Michigan governor wants $5 fee for water upgrades


Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder wants water customers across Michigan to pay a $5 annual fee to help upgrade aging infrastructure and replace lead pipes in their local communities. The Republican governor proposed a state water fee — a de facto tax for public water customers — that would begin at $1 in 2020 and ramp up to $5 by 2024. When fully implemented, the plan would generate an estimated $110 million a year through 2040, when the fee would end.


Iowa governor signs $282 million water quality bill

Des Moines Register

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a $282 million water quality bill, calling the legislation a "monumental step forward." "With the science-backed Nutrient Reduction Strategy as our road map ... we’re going to continue to charge forward with our water quality efforts," Reynolds said. The bill establishes a water quality fund within the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.


States join to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

Associated Press

An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The initiative would support upgrades to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., a key choke point between the carp-infested Mississippi River watershed and Lake Michigan.