Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Buffer battle

Minnesota governor, Republicans at odds over law

This buffer around a lake in Otter Tail County is 120 feet wide, more than double the required 50-foot strip of permanent vegetation. DAN GUNDERSON

MPR News

MPR News

A political confrontation is shaping up over the Minnesota buffer law designed to improve water quality. On one side are Republican lawmakers who want to change the law and delay implementation. On the other, Gov. Mark Dayton, who says the issue isn't negotiable. Dayton said he's already compromised by excluding private ditches from the law. If Dayton won't budge, Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, said, "this is going to be an explosive issue."

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Michigan puts Flint funding on fast track

Michigan Radio

Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint. The Michigan House has agreed to spend $100 million from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. The federal government approved the money just last week. The bill now goes to the state Senate. The measure also includes $3 million to help Macomb County manage sewage overflows.

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'Super sponge' promises effective water cleanup

Science Daily

University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences researchers have created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Thanks to the application of nanotechnology, mercury contaminations can be removed from tap, lake and industrial wastewater to below detectable limits in less than 5 seconds.

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