After an analysis, the Defense Department has determined that the Air Force has reallocated $66 million in funding to address PFAS contamination. PFAS contamination has been identified at more than 400 places and could cost an estimated $2 billion to neutralize.
Water stewardship may not be the most lucrative corporate social responsibility focus for companies, but it's important nonetheless, write Will Sarni of Water Foundry and James Dalton of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. "Small and large water users, working with public sector agencies such as river basin organizations, can use the business interest to drive alignment amongst multiple water users and interests -- this is a powerful outcome," they write.
Criminal charges against eight defendants regarding water contamination in Flint, Mich., were dropped by the state attorney general's office because of issues with the initial investigation. State prosecutors will "move forward according to the nonnegotiable requirements of a thorough, methodical and ethical investigation," said a statement from Attorney General Dana Nessel's office.
The Detroit school district is completing the installation of new water filtration systems in 105 classroom buildings that will remove lead and copper after excessive levels of the contaminants were discovered in August. Water was shut off at the time, and the new system is expected to be operational when the next school year begins.
Louisville, Ky., has showcased a $200 million, 18-story tunnel it is building as part of a $1.15 billion project to curtail sewer overflow. The city's waterways get inundated with more than 5 billion gallons of wastewater and rainwater overflow annually, according to the project's website.
Infrastructure protecting Waikiki, Hawaii's most visited beach, will be repaired with $13 million allocated by the state Legislature. The funds will go toward repair of the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and related structures.
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program has a new name and has received a $600,000 grant for its mission to protect Charlotte Harbor shorelines and six other Southwest Florida estuaries. The renamed Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership is looking to develop a living shoreline on the north side of the seawall at the Four Points by the Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside hotel.
Natural waterways in the San Francisco area have diminished due to urban development, despite the redirection of water sources via bioswales and permeable green infrastructure. The San Francisco Estuary Institute is trying to restore the area's vanishing waterways by mapping historic water flows and encouraging "nature-based" design.
The Jackson County Utility Authority in Mississippi has begun using scent misters to neutralize odor from its Pascagoula-Moss Point wastewater facility. The utility formed a smell team and used its input, combined with that from the local community, to select a vanilla-based scent. Personally, we would have gone with the smell of Southern magnolias.
In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world of business, employees need coaching and commitment to continue their professional development, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Leaders should encourage employees to regularly reflect on their careers and have a plan for action that's flexible to change, she writes.
Widdifield Secondary School, North Bay, Ontario, students Emily Mah and Jazlyn McGuinty have been awarded the Canadian Stockholm Junior Water Prize. They will take their project, "A Heavy Metal Extraction Process to Clean Contaminated Water Using Tannin-Embedded Biopolymers," to Stockholm in August to compete for the international prize.
In addition to the Why Water's Worth It children's book, WEF has added three new products to the online storefront, www.WEFMarketplace.org. Stainless-steel reusable drinking straws, luggage tags, and window decals are all fantastic ways to share this important message and encourage personal responsibility for water. Be sure to visit www.WatersWorthIt.org for campaign information and to download free resources. Contact WatersWorthIt@wef.org with questions and/or ideas for new campaign materials.