Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Under the microscope

Minn. water pollution research shrinks to the cell level

Scientists have found pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in lakes across Minnesota, including one in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. New genetic testing tools are helping researchers determine what risk those chemicals pose to the environment.

Voyageurs Natl. Park

MPR News

Researchers for years documented low levels of chemicals in Minnesota lakes, but they had a hard time answering the question: What's the risk? University of St. Thomas researcher Dalma Martinovic is working now with the MPCA and the federal EPA on techniques to help find answers. The new tools can assess risk from chemicals found in water at levels as low as a few parts per trillion.

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Will Ohio voters OK $1 billion to clean up algae?

Telegraph-Forum

After toxic algae contaminated Ohio's largest water sources, some lawmakers want voters to approve a $1 billion bond issue as early as March. The proposal, which has bipartisan support, would distribute $100 million annually over 10 years to fix sewer problems that can lead to toxic algae that contaminates drinking water.

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Officials, advocates differ on Ind. water funding

Indiana Public Media

Water utility officials and consumer advocates agree that Indiana faces a critical need to upgrade and replace its water infrastructure, but differ on the best way to fund those improvements. Best estimates from the state indicate that Indiana’s water utilities need around $15 billion to improve their infrastructure.

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