Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It's a deal

Court ruling will replace thousands of Flint water lines

City of Flint

Reuters

The state of Michigan will replace water lines serving at least 18,000 homes in Flint over the next three years under a recently approved court settlement. The state will pay $87 million to identify and replace the service lines containing lead or galvanized steel by 2020, according to the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit, court documents said. An additional $10 million is being held in reserve.

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Democrats, Republicans fight for Great Lakes

Duluth News Tribune

Saying the Trump administration's lack of funding for Great Lakes restoration is unacceptable, 63 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House sent a letter to budget committee heads asking for full funding for the program. The letter asks for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2018, which starts in October. That's the same amount Congress approved last year.

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Minnesota expands groundwater management

Detroit Lakes Online

The Minnesota DNR has decided the Pineland Sands Aquifer, which runs beneath the Ponsford, Osage and Park Rapids area, is too sensitive to ignore any longer, and has created the Straight River Groundwater Management Area. The DNR also approved a management plan for the area.

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