Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Campaign trail

Presidential campaigns pledge support for Great Lakes

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WBFO Buffalo and Public News Service

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump threw their support behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative via surrogates speaking at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Sandusky, Ohio. Each campaign's representative spoke separately and answered questions about harmful algal blooms, Asian carp and clean water. Whether Clinton or Trump wins in November, a broad coalition is hoping that whoever takes the White House is a "Great Lakes president."

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Chicago homeowners face costly decision on lead

Chicago Tribune

Chicago has more lead service lines than any other city, but as Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes ahead with plans to modernize the water system, administration officials say it is up to homeowners to decide whether to replace pipes at their own expense. Of the $412 million Emanuel has borrowed from a federal-state loan fund for water-related projects, none is going to replace lead pipes.

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Report: Mississippi River health shows progress

Pioneer Press

A new report card on the Mississippi River finds signs that the river’s health is improving. But the State of the River Report also calls for protecting the river against emerging contaminants, such as microplastic fibers and chloride, and agricultural pollution. The report examines 14 key indicators of the river’s health, including bacteria, phosphorus, nitrate and sediment levels.

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