Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

One step closer

Drinking Water Protection Act headed to the president



Ohio politicians are taking steps to prevent another crisis like the one that affected thousands in the Toledo area last year. U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced their Drinking Water Protection Act passed the House and Senate and is now headed to President Obama for his signature. This legislation will direct the EPA to develop and report to Congress a strategic Algal Toxin Risk Assessment and Management Plan.


Gov. Dayton resurrects an MPCA Citizens' Board

Public News Service

Some power is returning to the people, with Minnesota Gov. Dayton issuing an executive order to keep intact a Citizens' Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Legislation passed in this year's special session included language to eliminate the board, but Dayton's order established a citizen's advisory committee, said Kathy DeBuhr, a member of the Land Stewardship Project.


Study: Septic tanks leak bacteria into lakes, rivers

Michigan State University

The notion that septic tanks prevent fecal bacteria from seeping into rivers and lakes simply doesn’t hold water, says a new Michigan State University study. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is the largest watershed study of its kind to date, and provides a basis for evaluating water quality and health implications and the impact of septic systems on watersheds.

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