Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Funding proposal

Michigan governor wants $5 fee for water upgrades

Michigan.gov

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.

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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.

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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.

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