Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Pushing forward

State supports Flint mayor's $120M water crisis plan

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver speaks to residents during a town hall on March 17, 2016. The formal funding request, submitted by the state on Feb. 17, is similar to the plan Flint Mayor Karen Weaver proposed last month, although wording was changed in some instances to fit federal categories and ensure chances for approval.  BRETT CARLSEN

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MLive.com

The state of Michigan is backing Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's proposal for spending $120 million in state and federal funds, making few changes to her plan for upgrading the city's water system. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality turned over an intended use plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaving spending priorities as Weaver proposed in a separate document last month.

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UMN aims to break down drugs in wastewater

Minnesota Daily

University of Minnesota researchers are developing a way to better predict how drugs break down in wastewater. Scientists from the Wackett Lab are using a predictive method to determine the correct enzymes that break down pharmaceuticals in water. “The next step in the project is to compile the information from drugs and their respective enzymes into a database,” researcher Kelly Aukema said.

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UM's 'pee-cycling' project produces fertilizer

MLive.com

Three weeks after the launch of one the University of Michigan's most intriguing research projects — "pee-cycling," as it's become known — UM doctorate candidate Heather Goetsch estimated it has produced about a gallon of finished product. The UM research project is designed to find the most effective ways to convert urine into fertilizer that can be used to help plants grow.

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