Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Around the Nation

Mississippi River Still Threatened by Drought

Though the Corps of Engineers has been clearing rocks from the Mississippi River near Thebes, IL, continuing drought conditions threaten to bring the river level too low to allow the passage of barges.

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New Rules for Bacteria in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized revisions to rules that limit bacteria in drinking water.  The major difference in the rule is its new focus on technological standards, establishing a requirement to seek and eliminate pathways for bacterial contamination in the treatment processes  when violations of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) are detected.  It also establishes a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) of zero for E. coli and modifies public notification requirements.

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PBS Looks at Sewer Problems

The News Hour broadcast a pretty good story about the sewer and water infrastructure problems and solution in Detroit, MI, and San Antonio, TX (and what it costs).  You can see the segment here→.

Texas Legislature Concerned About Water

As the Texas Legislature reconvened, leaders indicated that water resources would be an important issue.  There is a proposal to use $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for water resources development projects.  Even some environmental groups that often balk at such proposal are getting on board, possibly lured by the proposal that 20 percent of the fund be used conservation and reuse projects.

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