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- The Santa Cruz Flows Again (7/24/2019) - For more than 70 years, a stretch of the Santa Cruz River in Tucson has been a dry riverbed due to the natural flow being interrupted by groundwater pumping. On June 24, the river flowed once again. The Tucson Water Department released 2.8 million gallons of treated effluent, or reclaimed water, to restore the aquifer and the area along the river and its wildlife habitats as part of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. Additionally, the project has the goal of “complementing recreational, cultural and historical resources in the area.” The Heritage Project uses existing infrastructure along with additional pipeline [...]
- Detroit Gets Upgraded (7/23/2019) - Michigan has had plenty of bad press in recent years about water-related issues; lead levels in drinking water and flooding to name a few. However, some good news came at the end of June when Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department announced that it will invest in upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems, and the city would also invest $500 million in the endeavor over five years. These upgrades are, in part, related to Michigan’s revised “Lead and Copper Rule” which “establishes action levels (AL) for lead and copper based on a 90th percentile level of tap water samples.” [...]
- All is Not “Well” in Washington (7/23/2019) - Prior to the recent heat wave that gripped most of the country, many areas have seen higher than normal levels of rain and, in some places, flooding. That has not been the case for Washington State which continues to deal with dry conditions. Recent months (March through May) have seen little precipitation and is tied for the 13th driest on record for the state since 1895. Under advisement of the Department of Ecology, Governor Jay Inslee increased the size of the state’s drought emergency to include 27 watersheds. In response to the dry conditions, some irrigation water districts plan to [...]