Tuesday, Feb, 10, 2015

Weathering the storms

As climate changes, Minn. cities grapple with big rains

Tischer Creek barreled over Duluth's Congdon Park footbridge on June 21, 2012.  MICKEY PEARSON

MPR News

MPR News

Whether officials say it in so many words or not, they are adapting infrastructure to a changed climate, one that has been dumping more rain and bigger rains on Minnesota. The real challenge for urban planners lies with storm- and wastewater systems which are built to last as long as a century, and it is where some cities have been focusing their efforts.

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Obama proposes $50M cut to lakes restoration

MLive.com

Backers of a plan to clean up the Great Lakes are crying foul about a $50 million funding cut proposed in the president's 2016 fiscal year budget. President Barack Obama's budget drops funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to $250 million in 2016.

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Algae bill approved by U.S. House subcommittee

Northeast Ohio Media Group

A House subcommittee approved legislation that would order the EPA to act on the problem of toxic algal blooms that taint Lake Erie drinking water. The action follows last summer's ban on consuming Toledo, Ohio, drinking water after it was polluted by dangerous levels of microcystin.

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