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Funding Flint’s Infrastructure Repair

Funding Flint’s Infrastructure Repair

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The citizens of Flint, Michigan, have every right not to trust the government. After their town’s water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April of 2014 without being treated for corrosion prevention, many of them voiced concern. But their complaints about the water’s color, odor,  … Read More

Insights on the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

Insights on the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

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The American Society of Civil Engineers released its evaluation of America’s infrastructure on March 9th and across 16 different categories, the average was a D+. Its highest mark, a B, was awarded to the country’s railway systems, and its lowest rating, a D- went to transit. In other words, our  … Read More

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

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What exactly does “navigable” mean? Vague definitions of which bodies of water are protected by federal agencies have confounded policy makers for decades. In 1972, the Clean Water Act gave federal authorities the power to regulate pollution in “navigable waters.” The job of determining which of those waters the policy  … Read More

Foretelling a Post-Water Future

Foretelling a Post-Water Future

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It seems like a passage from Latin American fiction—a surreal scenario in which citizens awaken to find their country dry, and a mustached general rationing their water. But for citizens of La Paz, Bolivia, this is not a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel—it is their reality.

For eleven years, scientists like Edson  … Read More

Flint’s Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak: Who’s to Blame?

Flint’s Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak: Who’s to Blame?

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More than 100 people contracted Legionnaires’ disease from 2014 to 2015 in Genesee County, Michigan. Of those, 12 have died. As more evidence becomes available, officials at the Center for Disease Control are learning the full extent of this devastating outbreak—and are using genetic testing to pinpoint the source.

Michigan’s Department  … Read More

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

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In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).  … Read More

Flooding Fields for Aquifer Recharge

Flooding Fields for Aquifer Recharge

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During the recent drought, California farmers pumped so much groundwater that the water table dropped by 10 to 20 feet in some places, and up to 100 feet in others. Aquifers were depleted. Wells ran dry. And then, as if by some miracle, it rained.

This winter, storms have delivered rainfall  … Read More



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