July 23, 2021
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation requiring public water systems to inventory all pipes containing lead and replace them within a decade. "That's not going to just be wishful thinking. It's going to be an achievable and an affordable reality," Murphy said.
Full Story: North Jersey Media Group (Woodland Park, N.J.) (7/22),  The Hill (7/22) 
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Environmental Protection
Minnesota's law mandating vegetative buffers to protect waterways is advancing, with Watonwan County recently becoming the 29th county to be fully compliant. The law has been in place since 2015, and Watonwan has reached the 100% mark for the 94% of the county's land devoted to raising crops.
Full Story: The Farmer (7/20) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Months of repairs are expected for the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, which serves the Los Angeles area and is one of the largest such plants nationwide. The work, which involves sanitization and burning off digester gas, is needed after the plant had to release 17 million gallons of untreated water into Santa Monica Bay.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Funding and Financing
A $65.25 million settlement has been proposed to resolve claims from individuals from Hoosick Falls, N.Y., who were exposed to water containing perfluorooctanoic acid. The settlement involves three companies, but a fourth, DuPont, did not agree to the terms.
Full Story: The Associated Press (7/22) 
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As much as $134.02 million from Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund will be allocated to build the Springbank off-stream reservoir, which will help protect Calgary from flooding. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the project will work by "diverting flood water from the river during extreme floods to a temporary reservoir in nearby farmlands and wetlands."
Full Story: CBC News (Canada) (7/21) 
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A pause on proposed development that doesn't meet standards for flood mitigation is expected to be proposed in East Baton Rouge Parish and Baton Rouge, La., to satisfy concerns about growing storm intensity. The proposal from Metropolitan Council member Rowdy Gaudet comes as updated standards remain to be determined amid concerns that rules based on 25-year flood events are inadequate.
Full Story: The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (7/22) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
The Environmental Protection Agency and FDA are studying why substances stored in fluorinated plastic containers contain PFAS chemicals, even when the stored materials are made without PFAS. "We don't know all the possible entry points for PFAS into the environment," said Michael Wong, a chemical engineering professor at Rice University.
Full Story: Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Specific yet open-ended questions such as "What could I have done better?" can help teammates and reports give you honest feedback -- provided you reward constructive criticism, writes "Radical Candor" author Kim Scott. "Remind yourself going in that no matter how unfair the criticism, your first job is to listen with the intent to understand, not to defend yourself," Scott writes.
Full Story: Radical Candor blog (7/21) 
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