Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Plan takes shape

EPA: Flint must test new water source for 3 months

Laborers work on inserting a 50 foot section of the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline near Oregon Twp. on March 17, 2016. DAVID GURALNICK

Detroit News

Detroit News

Flint will have to treat and test drinking water from a new Lake Huron pipeline for at least three months before providing it to residents under a revised emergency order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal agency on Friday ordered the city to submit a “new water source treatment plan” to state and federal regulators within the next three weeks outlining steps it will take to complete its pending connection to the Karegnondi Water Authority.

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Report: Protection measures fail Mississippi River

Star Tribune

The 10 states that border the Mississippi are failing to protect America’s greatest river and its tributaries, resulting in contaminated drinking water and a Gulf of Mexico "dead zone." And the federal government has refused to use its authority to require states to control nutrients from farms and cities that are slowly killing the Mississippi, according to a new assessment of the river corridor.

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With harvest's end, buffer law work begins

Star Tribune

The end of harvest means the beginning of work to implement Minnesota's new buffer law that requires permanent vegetation strips to protect lakes and streams from farm field runoff. The deadline to comply is November 2017. Using aerial photos, the Soil and Water Conservation District has identified about 1,100 parcels of land that are out of compliance with the new buffer law.

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