Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Lessons learned

Report: Snyder bears 'significant' responsibility for Flint



Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder "bears significant legal responsibility for the (Flint water) crisis based on his supervisory role over state agencies," a new report from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and others says. In discussing Snyder's role in the emergency, the report notes conflicting accounts about when the governor became aware of water quality problems or outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease.


Task force needs more time to protect aquifer

The Pantagraph

Planning to protect the primary water source for more than 800,000 Illinois residents will take longer than the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force initially envisioned. Take force members said Friday they likely will need until the end of the year, instead of July 1, to prepare a plan for the long-term sustainability of the aquifer, the drinking water source for 14 Central Illinois counties. 


Study: Improving Iowa water quality worth $30M

The Gazette

Improving water quality in Iowa would increase recreational benefits to Iowans by about $30 million per year, according to a new study from Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. The study is the first attempt in Iowa to quantify the economic impact of water quality, the costs of municipal water treatment and human and animal health.