October 18, 2021
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will increase regulation of PFAS through a strategy including tougher Safe Drinking Water Act rules. The EPA will also require additional reporting for PFAS manufacturers and designate PFAS as Superfund-eligible hazardous substances.
Full Story: The Associated Press (10/18),  NBC News (10/18),  The New York Times (10/18) 
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Environmental Protection
The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed a plan to address the lack of drinking water access and adequate water infrastructure on tribal lands, which the agency says is worsening the spread of COVID-19 among Native Americans. The EPA will direct over $22 million in federal drinking water grants to tribes and will "promulgate federal baseline water quality standards for the 80 percent of Indian reservations that currently do not have EPA-approved water quality standards."
Full Story: E&E News (10/14) 
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Infrastructure Watch
The Southside Community Stormwater Project in Asheville, N.C., led by nonprofit group RiverLink, recently received a $150,000 state grant. The project will expand a wetland, convert a concrete ditch into a more natural stormwater channel and relieve flooding in a parking lot in a historically Black neighborhood.
Full Story: Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Funding and Financing
The USDA is providing a $50,000 loan and a $40,000 grant to New Harmony, Utah, for emergency water infrastructure repairs. The funding will help the town add a new primary well and modernize a lower storage tank.
Full Story: KTVX-TV (Salt Lake City) (10/14) 
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Stormwater
Darkening skies, dropping temperatures and quickening winds are all tell-tale signs that help people recognize that a severe storm might be approaching. By using satellite imaging to observe phenomena occurring above the clouds, however, scientists have discovered another warning that a developing storm may bring violent tornadoes, winds or hail.
Full Story: The Stormwater Report (Water Environment Federation) (10/15) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
Volunteers in Colorado are erecting barriers made from natural local materials to protect and restore a wet meadow in the high desert near Gunnison. Settlers' wagons and livestock formed trenches that caused topsoil to wash away, and the barriers will slow down and spread out water from a stream and provide more wildlife habitat.
Full Story: Utah Public Radio/KVNF-FM (Paonia, Colo.) (10/14) 
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Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that erosion and dairy farm and pine forest runoff are to blame for an unnatural flow of mud blanketing the Marlborough Sounds seabed. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's findings will help the Marlborough District Council address the problem.
Full Story: Stuff (New Zealand) (10/15) 
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Workforce
Processes can become out of date and turn stability into obsolescence when not regularly reviewed, as seen with a British company still inadvertently protecting against World War II bombers, writes Steve Keating. "To assume that any process never needs to change along with its environment is a very dangerous assumption," he writes.
Full Story: LeadToday (10/14) 
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