Asian Carp Study to be Released
A long awaited study presenting options to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp will finally be released August 7. The Brandon Road Study was due to be released in February, when the Trump Administration unexpectedly blocked it, causing concern in the wider Great Lakes community. Following a push by Great Lakes advocates and many Members of Congress, the Administration is now planning to release the study. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced the news Friday, July 28. Representatives around the region applauded the news, including Reps. Huizenga (R-Mich.) and Moolenaar (R-Mich.). Read more here.
Movement on Water Infrastructure
On Thursday, July 27, the House Energy and Commerce committee passed a bill that would fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades and repairs. The bill includes re-authorization of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund with an increase on the amount of funding that can be allocated, from $1 billion to $2 billion. Additionally, the bill contains a grant program to remove lead-contaminated drinking fountains in schools. There’s language in the bill that would authorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consolidate water utilities if they are found to be consistently violating public health rules.
The bill passed out of committee unanimously with bipartisan support.