Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Waiting game

Flint aid hinges on U.S. Senate's water bill decision

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Associated Press

The Senate voted to move forward Monday on a $10 billion water projects bill that includes $220 million in emergency funding for Flint, Mich., and other communities beset by lead-contaminated water. Senators advanced the bill 90-1 on a procedural vote, with approval expected later this week. The measure includes $100 million in grants and loans to replace lead-contaminated pipes in Flint and other cities with lead emergencies.

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Milwaukee, DNR agree: Replace lead pipes ASAP

Wisconsin Center For Investigative Journalism

Top Milwaukee and state officials agreed last week that Wisconsin must move as quickly as possible to replace all of the estimated 176,000 lead pipes providing drinking water to homes and business in the state. The DNR estimates it could cost between $3,000 and $5,000 for just the homeowner’s portion to replace each lead service line; no estimate was available for how much utilities could spend.

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Drones joining Lake Erie algae research

Toledo Blade

Western Lake Erie may soon have its first drone patrolling algae from the sky, signaling a new era of NASA aerial surveillance for one of the world’s largest sources of fresh surface water. Razor-sharp, multispectrum images obtained by such low-flying, unmanned aircraft are part of a scientific toolbox being expanded to help avert another crisis like the one Toledo encountered in 2014.

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