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This Week in #MOwater: Road Sediment law in Arkansas, Stormwater Legislation in U.S. Congress, and more

Posted in: News- Apr 22, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Relaxed Landfill Restrictions: Might pave way for Ameren project
Franklin County

A set of proposed amendments to zoning restrictions in Franklin County may pave the way for Ameren to build the coal ash landfill they’ve been pushing for since 2009, despite environmental concerns from residents. Franklin County’s Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the proposed zoning changes at a public meeting Tuesday, but comments from the public will not be taken, according to a posted agenda.

Abandoned Wells: State law requires landowners to plug abandoned wells
Statewide
There are two major hazards associated with abandoned wells and cisterns: someone falling in and the potential to be a source of contamination for the underground aquifer or neighboring wells. State regulations allow landowners to plug wells on their property as long as they do so in accordance with the Missouri Well Construction Rules

431 New Homes: 88-acre subdivision planned
St. Charles

A new 431-unit subdivision being planned for northern St. Charles would be the city’s largest new residential development in a decade. A public meeting about the project will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 at Blanchette Park.

United States

Stormwater Legislation: Act provides grants
Nationwide

New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall’s Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act provides grants for three to five stormwater research institutes. It also authorizes individual grants of up to $US 3 million each for projects to keep polluted urban runoff from reaching rivers and lakes. The bill does not specify a total amount of funding. Via Circle of Blue’s Federal Water Tap.

Water Quality: Conflict Over Soil and Water Quality Puts ‘Iowa Nice’ to a Test
Des Moines

After years of mounting frustration, the utility, Des Moines Water Works, sued the leaders of three rural Iowa counties last month. Too little has been done, the lawsuit says, to prevent nitrates from flowing out of farm fields into the Raccoon River and, eventually, into the drinking water supply for roughly 500,000 Iowans. The suit seeks to make farmers comply with federal clean-water standards for nitrates that apply to factories and commercial users, and requests unspecified damages.

Road Sediment Law: Projects’ aim is to improve unpaved routes
Arkansas

The new law, Act 898 of 2015, sets up a private-public partnership to provide a 50 percent match for projects to mitigate the sediment problem. Money raised also will be used for demonstration, training, promotion and use of best-management practices in building and maintaining unpaved roads near lakes, rivers and streams. The law’s supporters hope it will not only lead to better roads but eventually help reduce the cost to treat the state’s drinking water, better protect the natural habitat of threatened species and help stave off environment-related litigation that they say could hurt economic development.

AG’s Microbead Report: pollution is pervasive in state waterways
New York

“Today’s report confirms that from Lake Erie to Long Island Sound, microbeads, a harmful form of plastic pollution, are finding their way into waterways across New York State,” Schneiderman said. “New York has been at the forefront of national progress when it comes to combating plastic pollution, and we need to continue this leadership by preventing microbeads from contaminating our waterways, and threatening the health of both New Yorkers and their environment.”

World

Rural Women + Water: Village women run safe water franchises in arsenic-hit countries
India, Bangladesh

Rural housewives in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where ground water has high levels of arsenic, are being encouraged to set up businesses to sell safe water to save lives in their communities and earn some income.

Adidas: Sportswear company teams up with ocean org to use plastic waste in products
Worldwide

German sportswear firm Adidas is teaming up with a group trying to clean up the world’s oceans with a plan to develop materials made from marine plastic waste that can be used in its products. As the result of its partnership with the Parley for the Oceans initiative, Adidas also said on Monday it would phase out the use of plastic bags at its 2,900 stores.