Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reversing course

Flint mayor wants city to stay connected to Detroit water

Mayor Karen Weaver speaks about her aim to have service lines replaced at 6,000 homes in 2017 as part of her FAST Start initiative on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at City Hall in Flint. Residents should expect to see AARP volunteers going door to door with consent forms to allow the pipe replacement. JAKE MAY

MLive.com

Associated Press

In a reversal, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver recommended that the city keep getting its drinking water from the Great Lakes Water Authority for the long term, saying a planned switch would be too risky and expensive. "This protects residents from any potential fears or anxieties that would come from another change in our water source," Weaver said during a news conference with federal, state and local officials.

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Waukesha water diversion plan clears major hurdle

Journal Times

Waukesha’s Lake Michigan diversion cleared another hurdle Thursday. The Great Lakes Compact Council, made up of representatives from all eight Great Lakes states, unanimously voted not to reopen or modify the approval it gave last summer. Under the plan, the Wisconsin city will be able to divert an average of 8.2 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day.

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Eco-friendly water infrastructure comes into focus

Associated Press

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will co-host a conference May 31 through June 2 on developing eco-friendly infrastructure projects. Organizers say it will be the first conference focused on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting surface waters in the Great Lakes region.

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