New water rule leaves out subsurface flows | EPA: WaterSense program to remain in place | Md. won't copy EPA's temporary enforcement policy
April 9, 2020
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The Navigable Waters Rule takes 51% of the US Army Corps of Engineers' mapped wetlands out from under federal jurisdiction, the USACE said. The rule excludes subsurface flows that had been governed under the previous Clean Water Rule.
Full Story: EHS Daily Advisor (4/7) 
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At the direction of President Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency has assessed the WaterSense program for low-flow toilets and other water fixtures. The EPA says the voluntary program is satisfactory, and it doesn't plan to change the standards.
Full Story: CNN (4/7) 
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Environmental Protection
Maryland says it will continue to enforce policies governing clean water and air, despite the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to stop doing so when a lack of compliance is caused by the coronavirus. The EPA policy falls short of protecting human health and the environment because it doesn't require companies to share details on pollution discharges or noncompliance, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other groups wrote in a letter to an agency official.
Full Story: The Baltimore Sun (tiered subscription model)/Capital Gazette (Annapolis, Md.) (4/9) 
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JCI Jones Chemicals says it has met increased demand for chemicals required by water treatment facilities. "Some municipalities are, I don't want to use the word 'stockpiling,' but they're just trying to order a little more frequently to make sure they don't run out in case things get worse before they get better," says executive Tim Gaffney.
Full Story: The Livingston County News (Geneseo, N.Y.) (4/8) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Lake Mead's $650 million Low Lake Level Pumping Station for the Southern Nevada Water Authority is complete and under budget after nearly five years of work. The station will serve two treatment facilities and will have a 900-million-gallon daily water delivery capacity.
Full Story: KSNV-TV (Las Vegas) (4/7) 
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Funding and Financing
The Environmental Protection Agency is embarking on a $5.8 million plan to clean up a Superfund site in New York where arsenic from mining operations has contaminated water and soil. As part of the plan, the EPA has proposed buying and demolishing homes that have contaminated soil.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/8) 
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The $5.4 million McGregor Boulevard Flexible Pavement Restoration project in Fort Myers, Fla., entailed replacing 11,672 feet of corrugated high-density polyethylene plastic pipe with 232 feet of elliptical reinforced concrete pipe and 11,440 feet of reinforced concrete pipe. The pipe was supplied by Rinker Materials, installed by Wright Construction Group and inspected by engineer Paul Wingard of KCCS Construction Services.
Full Story: Storm Water Solutions online (4/7) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
Researchers at the UK's University of Manchester and the Sellafield National Nuclear Laboratory have found bacteria and algae can survive the extreme radiation at Sellafield's First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. Their study revealed that purging ponds with alkaline-laden water can help control the microorganisms.
Full Story: Power Technology (4/8) 
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Virtual teams can benefit from an agile approach that starts with creating clear goals, being able to adapt to changing conditions and practicing ongoing feedback, says Nahia Orduna of Vodafone, who leads a remote-based agile-focused team. She discusses how agile teams operate in sprints, the importance of etiquette for video calls and how her team gathers for lunch even when they can't be in the same room.
Full Story: Forbes (4/4) 
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The 2020 National US Stockholm Junior Water Prize is moving forward in a digital format. The state competition deadline remains April 15. State winners will be announced online on May 1. The National Awards ceremony will occur Saturday, June 20. Our panel of 20 volunteer judges is eager to select a national winner! Please encourage any high-school aged student with a water-related research project to apply online.
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