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

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, beaches near Puget Sound have reopened after power outages caused significant overflows at a King County wastewater treatment plant and pump stations

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.

Puget Sound Beaches Reopen After Overflows in King County

After windstorms caused power outages and overflows recently at a wastewater treatment plant and multiple pump stations in King County, Washington, four popular beaches in the area have officially reopened.

The beaches were initially closed after an estimated 11 million gallons of stormwater and sewage spilled over into Puget Sound, according to KIRO News.

Days of water quality testing showed that the water at the four beaches was safe after the overflow events.

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.”


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