News Briefs: Michigan Worker Catches Alligator in Wastewater Lagoon

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would require the EPA to establish national drinking water standards for PFAS

A public works employee with the city of Stanton, Michigan, recently got a surprise when he discovered and captured an American alligator swimming in a wastewater lagoon.

He had been checking on pumps at the city’s lagoons when he saw a snapping turtle dive into the water and spotted a 3-foot alligator behind it.

“It took me a while to register what really just walked in front of me,” the worker told 9&10 News.

Department of Natural Resources officials took the gator to a zoo in Saganaw. It was likely a pet someone released into the pond when it got too big to handle.

New Water Infrastructure Grant Program Unveiled in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced the launch of a new grant program that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the future of water infrastructure across the state.

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program, which is part of DeWine’s initiative to strategically invest in Ohio’s future, is open to public and non-public entities that operate water systems across the state, with emphasis placed on addressing the needs of economically disadvantaged communities.  

“It is wrong that there are places in this state where clean water is not readily available, where sewage systems are crumbling, and where much-needed improvements are long overdue,” says DeWine. “Working with our local leaders, we’re going to invest in the Ohio communities that need significant infrastructure upgrades to ensure that they have access to clean, safe drinking water and reliable sewer infrastructure.”

House Lawmakers Pass PFAS Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to establish national drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The PFAS Action Act of 2021 passed 241-183. If made into law, the legilslation would require the two most common PFAS — perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid — be regulated within two years, and it would designate them as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.



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