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Inflation Weighs On U.S. Water Utilities-
Water leaders worry that rising prices — for everything from lead pipe replacements to treatment plant repairs — will cause a historic federal infrastructure investment to fall short of lofty expectations.00
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FRESH: U.S. Lawmakers Propose Great Lakes Federal Agency-
Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.
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US taps $420M to boost water supplies hit by climate change-
Federal officials slated millions of dollars for rural water projects in several states, with the Biden administration looking to shore up infrastructure needs made more urgent by long-term drought conditions.
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Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs over $4.7B for infrastructure-
Michigan is investing more than $4.7 billion to improve infrastructure, including drinking water upgrades, internet access and fixing roads, bridges and dams.
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Michigan Legislature approves $4.8B infrastructure plan-
Michigan lawmakers approved $4.8 billion in spending, mostly for infrastructure upgrades, with an influx of federal pandemic and other funds that will go toward water systems and more.
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Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm-
Rye Development, a Boston-based hydropower company, is retrofitting the dams with turbines to generate electricity and says the upgraded structures will limit damage to the rivers’ water quality and fish.
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Flint water main breaks prompt water conservation request-
Flint uses about 10 million gallons of water per day. Water main breaks since early January have increased water usage to more than 11 million gallons per day.
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The 2022 Great Lakes shipping season sets sail after COVID-19 hurdles-
The 2021 shipping season was a “bounce-back season,” which Great Lakes port administrators attribute to increased cargo and infrastructure improvements.
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Task force looking at water infrastructure in SE Michigan-
The current condition and actions needed for sustainable water infrastructure systems is the focus of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Water Infrastructure Task Force.
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Biden, Cabinet fan out around nation to sell domestic agenda-
President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin on Wednesday to promote one of his top accomplishments, a bipartisan infrastructure measure that will distribute billions of dollars to fix roads, bridges and other public works.