Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Buffer strip deal

Agreement reached in Minn. but negotiations continue

Minnesota Rep. Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls explains his higher education funding bill Sunday, May 17, 2015, in the state House.  DON DAVIS

Forum News Service

Forum News Service

Minnesota lawmakers and agriculture interests reached a compromise on buffer strips around water that delays requiring the 50-foot buffers the governor sought, but problems remained Sunday night and negotiations continued. Part of the reworked legislation was to require the state to do a better job of enforcing existing law that protects water from pollutants.

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Research: Science gap in water disaster response

Purdue University

Three new studies by Purdue University suggest that when communities are hit with disasters that contaminate drinking water the official decision-making and response often lack scientific basis. The result has been an inability to fully anticipate public health risks and effectively rid plumbing systems of contaminants.

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How Milwaukee's sewerage district came of age

Urban Milwaukee

Part 1 of Urban Milwaukee's new series examines the rich history of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The MMSD, which has been a leader in wastewater management since the late 19th century, is once again in the lead nationally by taking on the challenges of growth, aging infrastructure and climate change.

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