Mass. finalizes drinking-water limits for 6 PFAS | Microtunneling used to dig Queens sewer | USACE says $7.4B needed for Everglades restoration
September 25, 2020
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HHS looks to launch wastewater testing for coronavirus
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The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for bids from contractors to help conduct a wastewater surveillance program that it says will serve as an "early warning system" for the presence of coronavirus. The project aims to test wastewater at about 100 treatment facilities in 42 states, representing up to 30% of the nation's total wastewater.
Full Story: CNBC (9/25) 
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Environmental Protection
Massachusetts has finalized a cumulative enforceable limit of 20 parts per trillion for six PFAS, referred to as PFAS6, in drinking water. The standards will take effect Jan. 1, 2021, and major water utilities will conduct testing first.
Full Story: The Martha's Vineyard Times (Mass.) (9/25) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Crews are using a remotely guided microtunneling machine to dig an 85-inch-wide sewer beneath Queens Boulevard in New York City that is part of a system to mitigate flooding. The method creates minimal disruption at street level.
Full Story: WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV (New York City) (9/24) 
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Funding and Financing
The US Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft schedule for dozens of Everglades restoration projects, noting that keeping the venture on schedule will require $7.4 billion over the next 10 years. Initial projects have fallen behind due to a lack of federal water infrastructure funding between 2007 and 2014.
Full Story: WLRN-TV/WLRN-FM (Miami) (9/17) 
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Stormwater
Alexandria, Va., has pursued a "proactive, aggressive approach to flood management and sewer maintenance in its stormwater program," but more work is needed to mitigate the effects of major flood events, City Manager Mark Jinks says. Stormwater infrastructure will be on the City Council's agenda at its Oct. 6 meeting.
Full Story: ALXNow (Alexandria, Va.) (9/24) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
Engineer Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is leading a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln using a method similar to swab tests for the coronavirus to determine whether wastewater is useful for detecting the disease before it shows up in individual testing. "There's some evidence that people are shedding the virus before they even start showing symptoms, so the thinking is that wastewater can be predictive of community spread," Bartelt-Hunt said.
Full Story: University of Nebraska (Lincoln) (9/25) 
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Workforce
Many leaders are adopting a war-like mentality during the pandemic, but they'll eventually need to mix in resilience and servant leadership styles if they want to succeed in the long term, writes Art Petty. "The leaders who bring the emotional intelligence and mental acuity to adjust and adapt their style on the fly, based on the needs of the people and organization, are people we desperately need," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (9/24) 
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We are excited to announce that the 2021 Stormwater Summit will be held in Minneapolis, Minn.; and we are calling on the water sector's thought leaders and experts to share their knowledge with the rest of the sector. Potential speakers are invited to submit abstracts for podium presentations, workshops, virtual presentations and exhibitor mobile sessions. Submit your abstract today.
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