Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Down to the wire

U.S. Senate approves spending bill, Flint water funding


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Detroit Free Press

In some of its last votes of the year, the U.S. Senate early Saturday finally approved legislation that will be worth millions to Flint and its effort to respond to an ongoing health crisis linked to high lead levels in its tap water. The Senate passed two bills that together included provisions to authorize and pay for long-sought funding for Flint and provide $170 million or more to help address concerns of lead in drinking water.


Report: Indiana infrastructure needs $2.3 billion

Associated Press

Indiana's aging water infrastructure needs $2.3 billion in immediate repairs and $815 million a year in additional maintenance according to a new study. "The goal is for the state to begin working to support the assets that improve everyone's life," the report says. The report recommends that lawmakers allocate general fund appropriations to assist with the immediate water infrastructure needs.


Researchers creating warning system for Ohio

Great Lakes Echo

Researchers are developing a system to warn Ohio water managers when unpalatable, harmful water from Lake Erie is headed their way. The project, with $1.5 million in federal funding, could give plant operators time to prepare to treat water that is hypoxic by predicting the movement of oxygen-depleted Lake Erie water.

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