Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Big plan unveiled

Michigan lays out 30-year strategy for managing water

DEQ

MLive.com

A long-awaited planning document meant to guide Michigan's water usage and management policies for the next 30 years is out in draft form. The 160-page report titled "Sustaining Michigan's Water Heritage," includes dozens of recommendations for protecting and improving the state's water health paired with timelines and performance measurements.

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Battle brewing in Minnesota over EPA water rule

Star Tribune

The EPA’s proposed clean water rule has put two of Minnesota’s most vital economic engines on a collision course. The $22 billion-a-year agriculture industry has declared war on the rule and the state’s $13 billion-a-year tourism industry has fired back, pointing to degrading water quality caused by fertilizer and animal waste.

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Michigan, Ohio to cut phosphorus for Lake Erie

Detroit News

Michigan and Ohio have agreed to sharply reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for a rash of harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie that have contaminated drinking water supplies and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones. The two states, along with Ontario, aim to cut phosphorus by 40 percent within the next 10 years.

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