Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

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Ohio proposes water system reporting, testing rules

Last month, toxins produced by blue-green algae were detected in raw water at Columbus’ Dublin Road treatment plant. Chris Russell

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Dispatch

A year after Toledo’s water crisis and less than a month after record-breaking algae blooms fouled Lake Erie, the Ohio River and sites in between, Ohio wants to tighten regulations on how public water systems test for, treat and report toxic algae. The Ohio EPA has proposed rules that would require public water systems to report harmful algae blooms to the state. The proposed rules also would require water systems to increase testing if algae toxins are found in water.

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Michigan DEQ vows changes in Flint water crisis

Detroit News

Michigan’s top environmental official acknowledged the state made mistakes in its handling of Flint’s long-running water crisis, and said changes would be made. The changes will include the reassignment of Liane Shekter Smith, chief of DEQ’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. Gov. Rick Snyder will also introduce an independent review of the state’s handling of Flint’s water issues.

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Marquette law school jumps aboard water issue

Urban Milwaukee

The push to make Milwaukee a water hub continues to win converts. The latest example: Marquette University's creation of a Water Law and Policy Initiative. The move answers Marquette President Michael R. Lovell’s call for greater engagement by the university with water issues. The Water Policy Initiative, before its current expansion, consisted of just a handful of water law courses.

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