News Briefs: Michigan Plans to Charge Ex-Governor in Flint Water Crisis

Also in this week's sewer and water news, hundreds of agricultural groups sign a letter to President-elect Joe Biden urging him to support investments into water infrastructure

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, along with his health director and other officials, will be charged with crimes related to the Flint Water Crisis, according to USA Today.

The news organization reports that the attorney general’s office informed defense lawyers about the upcoming prosecution, although details about the exact charges are unknown.

Agriculture Groups Pressure Biden on Water Infrastructure Investments

More than 200 agricultural organizations signed a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, asking that water infrastructure plans be included in any upcoming economic recovery packages.

“It has never been more critical that our country prioritize the initial and continual investment in Western water infrastructure necessary to meet current and future demands,” reads the letter. “Existing water and wastewater infrastructure in the West is aging, as most of the federal water infrastructure projects that benefit our Western communities, from the largest cities to the smallest farms, were built more than 50 years ago. Now, they are in desperate need of rehabilitation and improvement.”

EPA Awards $73 Million to Dayton, Ohio, for Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $73 million to the City of Dayton, Ohio, for water infrastructure improvements through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

“All Ohio communities should be able to count on clean, drinkable water year-round,” says Sen. Sherrod Brown in an announcement to his state’s constituents. “By investing in water infrastructure programs, we’re investing in the future of the Miami Valley and protecting the health of our children.”

The announcement is the first WIFIA project funded in Ohio.


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