WaterWorld Weekly Newscast

Hi, I’m Angela Godwin for WaterWorld magazine, bringing you water and wastewater news headlines for the week of March 20th.
Coming up… Water, wastewater funding takes hit in Trump budget proposal Water accelerator showcases winners, finalists Utah water data ordered to be made public Study finds water quality impacted by ‘legacy phosphorus’ The Trump administration released its proposed budget last week, which includes several cuts impacting water, wastewater and environmental programs across the nation.
However, this proposal guts the USDA infrastructure budget which has funded rural infrastructure for the past 70 years."
The budget also proposes a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, which would impact funding for enforcement, water pollution cleanup programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Superfund toxic cleanup program.
Water innovation accelerator Imagine H2O showcased the winners and finalists of its 8th annual innovation program last week.
Twelve water data startups were selected from 180 applicants from 30 countries.
Top honors went to Utilis for its cost-competitive satellite imagery solution to detect leaks in water distribution systems.
The database used by the state of Utah to calculate its annual water usage and future water needs should be public information.
The scientists suggest that solutions be focused on "stopping phosphorus from going onto the landscape or mining the excess amount that is already built up.” You can learn more about their research at wisc.edu.
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