Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Mussel power

Minneapolis puts bivalves to work as water monitors

Actinonaias ligamentina, or mucket clams, clamp shut when they sense certain toxins in the water.  Aaron Lavinsky

Star Tribune

Star Tribune

When a freshwater mussel clams up, it may be time to close the intake pipes at the Minneapolis waterworks in Fridley. Water officials are in the pilot project stage of trying to use about a dozen of the 3-inch-long, light brown mussels as an early-warning system for potential contaminants in the Mississippi River, from which the city draws drinking water for itself and seven other cities.

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EPA reports Great Lakes progress to Congress

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

During its first five years, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative implemented more than 2,500 projects to improve water quality and prevent and control invasive species in the Great Lakes. That work, which began in 2010, is summarized in a new Report to Congress and the President.

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Income-based water bills pitched in Detroit

Detroit News

Advocates for an income-based water affordability plan for Detroit gathered last week to highlight a new initiative in Philadelphia that they claim could serve as a viable model. Detroit currently has a water assistance fund to help those who cannot pay their bills, but it does not provide lower rates.

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