Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

EPA challenge

Agency says Flint needs to find water alternatives now

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is shown during a congressional hearing of the Flint water crisis on March 17, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Flint Journal

MLive.com

Flint and the state of Michigan need to plan now for where the city will get its drinking water at this time next year in the event it can't keep up with an ambitious timeline for treating its own water, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. McCarthy told Mayor Karen Weaver that Flint must complete complex, challenging and ambitious tasks, including construction of a 3-mile connector pipe to its water treatment plant, in the next 12 months.

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Geology may solve Chicago's stormwater problem

The Architects Newspaper

When it rains, Chicago faces challenges from above and below: With 25 percent of the city paved-over, rain can’t reach the soil and absorb the onslaught of water which causes regular flooding. The challenge is immense and until recently Chicago’s answer to the problem has been an epic, costly infrastructure project. But one landscape architect is leading an effort to change how the city can unlock its hidden potential for stormwater management.

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MDEQ awards $97 million for sewer planning

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last week awarded nearly $97 million from the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater program to 137 municipalities to assist with planning sewer system maintenance. The program has now awarded $365 million through four rounds of funding.

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