News Briefs: Minnesota Announces Aggressive PFAS Blueprint

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a new NOAA report makes the case for funding longer-range weather forecasting

Minnesota has announced its PFAS Blueprint, which is a 191-page plan to aggressively address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

The plan proposes inceasing regulations of PFAS through legislation and government agencies, and the blueprint could soon serve as a guide for other states.

To read the PFAS Blueprint, click here.

Report Makes Case for Funding Longer-Range Weather Forecasting

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report could spur Congress to approve the $15 million annual investment necessary to translate sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting (S2S) from concept to implementation through pilot projects in the West.

An advocacy effort is underway to fund the NOAA report to Congress. The idea is to make S2S as much a priority as improvements in hurricane forecasting on the East Coast.

“It’s a water management tool that will benefit every ACWA member,” said Brad Sherwood, ACWA Region 1 chair and Sonoma Water's division manager for community and government affairs, explaining that it will dovetail with the ability to apply Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations, or FIRO, which allows for flexibility in reservoir storage in coordination with weather forecasts.

Reclamation Awards $15.4 Million for Drought Project in the West

The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding $15.4 million for projects in the West to prepare for and respond to drought. The WaterSMART Drought Program funding will leverage $54.9 million in non-federal cost-share to complete projects in seven Western states.

“More than 50% of the Western United States is in a severe drought or worse,” says Chief Engineer David Raff. “The projects selected will help communities prepare for the increased risk of a drought by increasing the reliability of water supplies and improving water management.”

Reclamation’s Drought Response Program is part of WaterSMART. It supports a proactive approach to drought by providing water managers assistance to develop and update comprehensive drought plans.


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