Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

House OKs Flint aid

Resolving differences with Senate bill is the final hurdle

Reps. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, teamed up to sponsor a bipartisan amendment to a water resources bill that would provide $170 million in funding under the Water Resources Development Act for communities such as Flint with federal public health emergencies due to contaminated drinking water, aides said. DAVID GURALNICK

Detroit News

Detroit Free Press

More than a year after skyrocketing lead levels in Flint became known nationally, an effort to secure federal funding to replace lead water pipes took a major step forward Wednesday as the U.S. House approved $170 million to address the health crisis. But that vote isn't final: The House approved the overall bill containing the Flint measure by a vote of 399-25 but still has to settle differences between its version of the legislation and the version passed by the U.S. Senate.

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Marquette leads water and manufacturing study

Urban Milwaukee

The U.S. Council on Competitiveness’ latest sector study, co-led by Marquette University, reveals challenges faced by water users in the manufacturing sector, where nearly half of industry water consumption is attributed. Leverage: Water and Manufacturing found that to meet increasing water demand, stewardship and innovation are needed.

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Scientific American lauds teens' water innovation

Scientific American

This year's Scientific American Innovators Award at the the Google Science Fair went to three eighth-graders from Ohio. The team of 14-year-olds hypothesized that they could use heat to convert Styrofoam into activated carbon — which could then be used to filter water. Their results showed that their carbon successfully filtered many of the same compounds as commercial filters.

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