April 4, 2008

Friday Headlines: Domenici Backs Water Treatment Project

Posted in Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia at 1:19 pm by bengann

Senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M), has backed a wastewater treatment plant project in Aztec, New Mexico and is requesting $500,000 from the EPA for the $7 million project. Sen. Domenici has requested the money from the EPA’s State and Tribal Assistance Grants program. If approved, the grant would require 45 percent in non-federal matching funds.

In Virginia, Depoe Bay’s water treatment plant will be updated with the purchase of a new programmable logical controller.

Many small communities in Minnesota have outdated sewage systemsthat need replacing. But the high cost of such a project is delaying improvements. In Minnesota the backlog of wastewater needs is $3 billion.

The health of the Chesapeake Bay is dismal and more than three decades of restoration efforts have done little to improve the condition of the nation’s largest estuary, according to two independent assessments released Thursday. The Bay has long suffered from massive unnatural influxes of nitrogen and phosphorous, largely from sewage wastewater, agricultural and urban runoff, and air pollution.


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