February 26, 2021
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Reps. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif., have reintroduced the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability Act, or WATER Act, which would allocate $34.85 billion annually for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. "Not only do we allow corporations to pollute our waterways, but the government has failed to keep up with critically needed improvements to our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure," Sanders said.
Full Story: Common Dreams (2/25),  The Guardian (London) (free registration) (2/25),  Green Matters (2/25) 
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Environmental Protection
The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday voted to permanently ban natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River watershed, citing evidence that high-volume fracking could have negative impacts on water resources. The commission also voted unanimously to develop rules governing the import and export of fracking wastewater from the basin, as well as the use of fresh water for fracking operations outside the basin.
Full Story: StateImpact (2/25) 
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Infrastructure Watch
The US Army Corps of Engineers will propose barriers, floodwalls and structural elevations among the measures for mitigating New Jersey's gradual but damaging back-bay flooding caused by storm surge. "These potential solutions are much more complex and costly" than oceanfront protections, "but there is a clear need to consider and evaluate all options," said USACE coastal expert J. Bailey Smith.
Full Story: The Associated Press (2/22) 
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Funding and Financing
The St. Helena City Council in California has approved the design of and an environmental report for upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment facility, paving the way for the bidding process to begin. The estimated $16.2 million project will help the facility comply with standards for biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids.
Full Story: St. Helena Star (Calif.) (2/24) 
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Stormwater
The FloodNet.nyc project aims to pinpoint and document street flooding across New York City as climate change brings rising sea levels and more severe rainstorms. In an interview, leaders discuss the project, which could yield more granular data than currently available from non-catastrophic events.
Full Story: Government Technology online (2/24) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded a grant worth approximately $790,000 to the University of Windsor to develop an early prediction method to help warn of growing algal blooms that could potentially contaminate drinking water. Funds will go toward the collection of data about Lake Erie, which may give researchers a better idea about how such blooms develop.
Full Story: Windsor Star (Ontario) (2/25) 
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Workforce
Leaders set the tone for what employees are willing to share, so be clear that you want their ideas and share examples of the kinds of help you're seeking, writes Karin Hurt. "The more people see their peers speaking up, sharing ideas, and not just surviving, but thriving, the more they will be willing to give it a try," she writes.
Full Story: Let's Grow Leaders (2/25) 
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