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June 5, 2020
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This fall, Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will routinely test dorm wastewater for the coronavirus. "We could see changes in the signal in the wastewater a week before we see a signal in the health care system," said SU public health associate professor David Larsen.
Full Story: The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (6/4) 
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Environmental Protection
The Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership in Houston has made recommendations to improve water quality in the creek, including adding pet waste stations, improving water testing and curbing urban stormwater. Other recommendations include controlling the feral hog population, restoring wildlife habitat and working with landowners on local projects.
Full Story: Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/4) 
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Infrastructure Watch
The US Army Corps of Engineers is increasing its dredging of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, Ind., this year and will provide the sand and sediment to the city to be used in barriers against erosion.
Full Story: WSBT-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (6/3) 
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Stormwater
Charter Contracting is preparing to begin the second phase of construction in July on a flood-management project along the Muddy River in Massachusetts. The work comes under a $36.5 million contract from the Army Corps of Engineers and is expected to take three years.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (6/3) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
Watauga Riverkeeper Andy Hill and MountainTrue are advising swimmers to use the Swim Guide water quality app and website before taking a dip in North Carolina's Watauga River. Hill says the river is typically very clean, but it occasionally may see high levels of E. coli, especially after a storm.
Full Story: Watauga Democrat (Boone, N.C.) (6/4) 
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Workforce
Hiring in a politicized world
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Talent acquisition professionals are navigating an increasingly complicated web of political activism and personal biases in their workplaces, Mark Fogel writes. Fogel rejects the notion of a "one-size-fits-all" solution -- maintaining that there's a lot of gray area to consider -- and instead suggests that HR professionals come together to share best practices.
Full Story: ERE Media (6/4) 
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