Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Big decision

Flint City Council opts for 2-year water supply deal

Detroit News

Detroit News

After the Flint City Council bought more time to select a water source after a judge delayed a Monday deadline, it voted later that night to seek a two-year extension of a contract for its water supply. The resolution for the two-year option was made by Sixth Ward Councilman Herbert Winfrey. The Michigan DEQ sued Flint officials in late June, arguing that the Flint council was endangering the public’s health by failing to approve a long-term drinking water source.

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Bill would extend regional conservation program

The Peninsula

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen land and water protections covered by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. “This initiative is one of the largest commitments ever made to protecting our land and water and is one of the biggest Farm Bill success stories in Michigan,” Stabenow said.

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Study aims to track downtown Minneapolis runoff

Southwest Journal

A new Mississippi Watershed Management Organization study is aiming to better understand the types and amounts of pollutants that come from different surfaces in downtown Minneapolis. The agency is collecting and analyzing water samples from four types of impervious surfaces: streets, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops. Its goal is to utilize the data to better target pollution-mitigation efforts.

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