Saturday, December 11, 2004

Test Shows Who Needs Chemo for Cancer - Yahoo! News -

I have travel & live in Most part of Asia, Europe & now America. I found that many places where their Drinking Water is Contaminated, have a high tendancy of having cancer. Last year, I lost 4 friends who are died of cancer in the same township in Asia, they are between 24-41years old. 3 of them are having Breast Cancer. My recommedations is eat healthy food & Drink Filtered or Purified Water...

Test Shows Who Needs Chemo for Cancer

Sat Dec 11, 8:05 AM ET By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new genetic test can tell doctors which breast cancer patients need to undergo the discomfort of chemotherapy -- and suggests many women don't need to, researchers said on Friday.

Almost half of U.S. women diagnosed with a specific form of breast cancer -- estrogen-dependent cancer that has not yet spread -- can skip the chemo, the results suggest. That means about 25,000, mostly older women a year, according to the National Cancer Institute (news - web sites), which helped sponsor the study.

'The test has the potential to change medical practice by sparing thousands of women each year from the harmful short- and long-term side effects associated with chemotherapy,' said Dr. JoAnne Zujewski of the NCI's Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program.

The study results, released early by the New England Journal of Medicine (news - web sites) and also at the San Antonio Breast Cancer (news - web sites) Symposium, are based on a study of gene activity in the breast cancer tumors.

Dr. Soonmyung Paik and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere used tissue samples from women enrolled in past clinical trials of the cancer drug tamoxifen, which blocks the effect of estrogen on breast cancer cells.

About 80 percent of breast cancer patients have the kind of cancer that responds to hormone-based therapy like tamoxifen, and the drug has been shown to reduce the cancer's spread.

But the question has been who can safely get away with just surgery and either tamoxifen or newer, hormone-based drugs called aromatase inhibitors.

Paik's team used samples from 668 patients who got surgery and tamoxifen but not chemotherapy, and looked at 16 different cancer-related genes to see which ones were active." Read More...

Yahoo! News - Test Shows Who Needs Chemo for Cancer

Friday, December 10, 2004

Method removes MTBE from water

The simplest way to prevent your drinking water of MTBE contaminations is to install a Water Filter or Purification system at home. Technology normally take 3-5 years of research & testing before it is available to consumers...

Method removes MTBE from water

Pollutant thought to be a carcinogen
By By Doug Main

Dec. 9, 2004 — A researcher has discovered an effective way to remove a troubling new pollutant from our nation's water sources.

Pratim Biswas, The Stifel and Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and director of the Environmental Engineering Science Program at Washington University in St. Louis, has found a method for removing the toxin MTBE from water. MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) has been detected at low levels in municipal water sources around the nation and in several cases has made its way into citizens' tap water.
A new technique by a WUSTL environmental engineer addresses the toxicity of the gas additive MTBE.
A new technique by a WUSTL environmental engineer addresses the toxicity of the gas additive MTBE.

Biswas discovered that a nanostructured form of a compound called titanium dioxide causes MTBE to react with dissolved oxygen so that it yields the harmless gas carbon dioxide. This reaction proceeds via oxidation of MTBE on the surface of the titanium dioxide to produce a harmful end product. Biswas then designed nanostructure configurations of this catalyst to optimally degrade the pollutant.

"These photo-catalysts can be powered by an artificial light source or can be designed to run on solar power," said Biswas.

Biswas presented his research at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting, held Aug. 23-25 in Philadelphia.

One of the researcher's innovations was developing a special micro-lamp (corona) that emits a glow after a current is run through it. But that's not all: This system also can be tailored to produce ozone, which speeds up the oxidation of MTBE to carbon dioxide. Read More...
Method removes MTBE from water

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sarnia company faces charges in spill -

Any form of spill would cause contamination to the ground & air as well. Therefore, local authority is to check on these constantly....

Sarnia company faces charges in spill
Royal Polymers may pay millions if it's convicted


CHARGES FILED: Sarnia's Chemical Valley glows at night. One of its companies, Royal Polymers, is being charged for a spill into the St. Clair River.



# For details on the ministry and for details about other environmental-protection enforcement, visit

The Ontario government has charged Canadian chemical company Royal Polymers Ltd. with violating several environmental laws relating to the August 2003 chemical spill into the St. Clair River.

If convicted, the Chemical Valley petroleum company could face fines of more than $12 million Canadian.

Royal Polymers Ltd. spilled almost 300 pounds of toxic vinyl chloride monomer into the river during last year's massive U.S. and Canadian blackout.

Company officials said equipment failed during the blackout.

No one reported illness or injury related to the spill.

The leak was the first in a chain of unrelated spills from a few companies during a yearlong period. The Royal Polymers spill, as with about six after it, caused U.S. and Canadian water plants to temporarily stop drawing drinking water from the river.

It's the first company to be charged by the Ontario Ministry of Environment for the latest spills. The first court date is Jan. 14 in Sarnia. Read More....
Sarnia company faces charges in spill -

County insists on chloramine answers - San Mateo Daily Journal

The addictives in Drinking Water must be filtered out 1st, before you drink. Therefore the best things is to use a Drink Water filter system at home. I will gives you some advise on water filter or purifier system. Write me at

County insists on chloramine answers
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

Chloramine, the controversial water additive, may be safe for general consumption but county supervisors unanimously called yesterday for a scientific stamp of approval.

The board agreed to support the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s request for a formal position on the additive by the California Conference of Local Health Officers. The vote came only after a litany of possible side effects were rattled off by water users: severe asthma, rashes, lesions, passing out, skin burns.

“I survived cancer 10 years ago but my water may kill me,” said Claudette Maine, an ovarian cancer survivor with a compromised immune system.

Fremont resident Wynn Greich, who works in Millbrae, brought jars and bottles of nails soaked in water to show how chloramine eats at metal.

“When aluminum corrodes it leeches into the brain and gives you Alzheimer’s,” she said, adding that most people cook with aluminum pots.

The speakers were so demonstrative that Mark Church, president of the Board of Supervisors, reminded them the county is not the agency which put chloramine in the drinking water.

Chloramine is the combination of chlorine and ammonia and is used as a disinfectant in the public water supply. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — which oversees the Hetch Hetchy water system along the Peninsula — switched from chlorine to chloramine Feb. 1 to comply with stricter environmental standards. Chlorine kills germs but isn’t considered as effective or long-lasting as chloramine. Opponents, though, have publicly questioned if the change left the system of 2.4 million customers more at risk for health problems.Read More...
San Mateo Daily Journal

Tallevast residents want answers

Florida resident voice their concerns on the drinking water, contamination.... But in many other countries in people are not as
open like US or Europe, openly voicing their concern on Drinking Water contaminations...

Tallevast residents want answers
DONNA WRIGHT Herald Staff Writer

Did a past industrial spill put their health at risk?

Are the illnesses, miscarriages and cancers they have experienced during the past 40 years connected to toxins released by the now-defunct Loral American Beryllium Co.?

The questions don't stop at Tallavest's borders.

Former employees of the Tallavest plant want to know if their exposure to beryllium dust during the processing of the exotic metal put them at risk for a rare and sometimes fatal lung disease.

Residents who lived close to the plant are concerned about chronic beryllium disease, too, because of their exposure to dust from the factory.

Finding answers to those long-term health questions could take months, if not years, as scientists and industrial health experts run tests to learn who might have been exposed to what toxins in the air, groundwater and even private, drinking-water wells.

Local and state health officials are scheduled to update residents today on the Tallevast Health Assessment, an official study being conducted by a state team under the supervision of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Participants will also hear an overview of the county's plan to test former workers and residents known to have a past high risk of exposure to beryllium dust, said Dr. Gladys Branic, Manatee County's health department director.

Branic said she will also share her strategy for collecting medical histories by sending health workers door to door to gather data on cancer deaths among Tallevast's 85 households.

That data will then be matched with maps of the contamination area to see if any patterns emerge, Branic said. Read More...
Tallevast residents want answers

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Helping the Public Reduce Exposure to Biological Contamination - NSF International : Newsroom

This press release is worth reading...
NSF International Completes Testing of Household Drinking Water Products to Provide Homeland Security Protection

Helping the Public Reduce Exposure to Biological Contamination

Ann Arbor, MI - NSF International in conjunction with the U.S. EPA National Homeland Security Research Center and Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program has recently completed verification tests of three residential point-of-use water treatment systems. The test results indicate that the three residential drinking water treatment systems could reduce waterborne bacteria and viruses in the event of intentional contamination within a municipal or private water supply during a homeland security event.

Through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant, the NSF/EPA ETV program provides independent performance evaluations of drinking water technologies. Technologies were tested for their ability to remove waterborne bacteria and viruses similar to those that could be used in an intentional biological contamination event. The Kinetico Purefecta™, Sears Kenmore Ultrafilter 500, and Watts Premier Ultra 5 were tested at the Ann Arbor, Michigan laboratories of NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization.

All devices tested reduced biological agent surrogates that represent possible biological contaminants. The surrogates were selected by experts from government agencies and academia working on water security. The units were tested using five different microorganisms, and the ability of the devices to reduce the concentration of each was measured and verified. All three products use reverse osmosis, a membrane separation technology, to remove microorganisms. The results are available on the ETV website.

ETV is a public/private partnership that provides quality-assured, peer-reviewed test data about the performance of new environmental technologies so that purchasers and regulators are aided in their decisions about innovative environmental technology.

"For more than 40 years, NSF International has been working with the EPA, and we think that the tests conducted through the ETV program will help contribute to protecting the nation's water supply," said Gordon Bellen, NSF vice president of research, who manages the program. Read More....
NSF International : Newsroom : News and Press Releases

Agencies aren't monitoring air, water pollution in Greene County NewsFlash - Study:

This is certainly surprising news, Agencies not doing their work!

Study: Agencies aren't monitoring air, water pollution in Greene County
12/7/2004, 1:41 a.m. ET
The Associated Press

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — Government agencies aren't adequately monitoring air and water pollution in Greene County and aren't researching possible links between the county's high cancer rates and unhealthy levels of smog, soot and other contaminants, a study by a national environmental group said.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's "Pollution Unchecked" study, to be released Tuesday, not only found Greene County's cancer rates were among the highest in the state and nation, but also accused the state and federal environmental agencies of not actively gathering pollution data.

"There's a lot of pollution in southwestern Pennsylvania that both the state and federal environmental agencies have been sweeping under the rug and haven't been monitoring," the study's co-author, Erik Olson, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its Tuesday edition. "It's a double whammy for the population because the agencies have been looking the other way." Read More.... NewsFlash - Study: Agencies aren't monitoring air, water pollution in Greene County

Chemical company ordered to extend ground water monitoring. 08/12/2004. ABC News Online

Australia is having serious problem on water supplies issue, my earlier blog have report on these. Now it is the contamination issue..

Chemical company ordered to extend ground water monitoring

The Department of Environment and Conservation has ordered chemical company Orica to extend a ground water monitoring program around Botany Bay in Sydney's south after tests showed contamination spreading outside an existing exclusion zone.

Orica is already spending $167 million on removing a plume of contaminated water that had threatened to spill into Botany Bay.

Now low levels of contamination have been found in a residential bore at Collins Street in Botany, an area the department's chief executive of operations, Joe Woodward, says should not be affected.

"It is surprising that these new results are upstream of where we thought the ground water was flowing, but the good news is that the results are within drinking water standard and the additional information we've required will allow any new contamination to be picked up," he said.

Opposition environment spokesman Michael Richardson says it is disturbing news and shows the Carr Government can not guarantee where the plume is moving. Read More...
Chemical company ordered to extend ground water monitoring. 08/12/2004. ABC News Online

A Link Between Lead Exposure and Cataracts? Health News Article |

Lead contamination in Drinking water is certainly serious. Now the research found that it will developing caataracts..

A Link Between Lead Exposure and Cataracts?
Tue Dec 7, 2004 04:09 PM ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lifetime exposure to lead from paint in older houses, drinking water pipes and other sources appears to increase men's risk of cataract development, researchers reported on Tuesday.

"This research suggests that reduction of lead exposure throughout a man's lifetime should help reduce his chances of developing cataracts and of requiring cataract surgery," said Debra Schaumberg of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, lead author of the study.

"By preventing or delaying the onset of this condition, many instances of blindness worldwide could be prevented," she added.

Her study, published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at data from 795 U.S. men age 60 and older for whom bone lead levels were measured between 1991 and 1999. The report did not speculate about whether the findings would also apply to women.

In the United States about 20 percent of those in their 60s develop cataracts. The problem accounts for more than 40 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide, the report said. Read More....
Health News Article |

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Water board OKs river discharge

Waste Water should not be allow to discharge to the ground or sea or Lakes, unless is processed, with the harmful contaminants removed..

Water board OKs river discharge

By Bryan Brooks

LAWRENCEVILLE — A board charged with overseeing metro Atlanta’s water supply has endorsed a temporary plan that would let Gwinnett put more wastewater in the Chattahoochee River.
Gwinnett is asking the state for permission to send 9 million gallons of highly treated sewage per day to the river on its western border, but state regulators cannot approve the discharge unless it complies with regional water plans.
With that in mind, officials who direct a 16-county water planning agency changed their long-range plans last week so Gwinnett can get the permit from the state Environmental Protection Division.
EPD is still reviewing Gwinnett’s permit request and will issue a draft permit and take public comment in early 2005.
“We’re still fairly early in the review process,” said EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers.
Gwinnett needs the temporary river permit because it’s expanding the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center near Buford, and so far litigation has blocked efforts to send the additional wastewater to Lake Lanier.
For that reason, it’s unlikely a pipeline to the lake can be built before the county’s population and business growth outstrips the plant’s current capacity, which means the county must find an alternate discharge point.
“The permit would help us bridge the time while we are under construction with the reclaimed water pipeline to Lake Lanier,” said Frank Stephens a deputy director at the Gwinnett Public Utilities Department.
Even before growth requires the extra capacity, the county would like to be able to use the $400 million plant expansion so it can treat less wastewater at older plants across the county, Stephens said. Read More....
Water board OKs river discharge

Proposed bill may affect Great Lakes' water quality - News

Any sinful act in contaminating our mother earth is not accepted. This proposal should receive good endorsement from resident's in the region.

Proposed bill may affect Great Lakes' water quality

MARQUETTE, MI � US Rep. Bart Stupak has introduced a bill that aims to block an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal he believes would harm the Great Lakes, according to a Dec. 7 article by The Mining Journal.

The Sewage Free Waters Act was introduced to block a proposal Stupak expects from the EPA in coming weeks. The bill would prohibit the EPA from allowing partially treated human sewage to be pumped into waterways, according to the article.

Stupak's legislation was brought about because of an EPA proposal from November 2003, which would allow publicly owned water treatment facilities to divert sewage around secondary treatment units during heavy rains and then combine the filtered but untreated human sewage with fully treated wastewater, the article said. Read More...


High Desert district works on water project

This certainly is good action for people in the high dersert area, as the populations is growing fast...

High Desert district works on water project

Saturday, December 04, 2004 - VICTORVILLE - Anticipating continued High Desert growth, a water district is constructing a system of ponds to percolate water into this city's underlying aquifer to meet future demand.

If the $10 million system is feasible, the Victor Valley Water District will link the ponds via an 8-mile-long pipeline to bring water from the California Aqueduct to the ponds.

Eventually, as much as 13,000 acre-feet of aqueduct water may be released annually into ponds on 64 acres at the southwest corner of Yates Road and Cypress Avenue. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons, the amount of water consumed yearly by a family of four.

The water district serves 20,000 customers in a 55-square-mile area encompassing Victorville and unincorporated Mountain View Acres to the west.

"Work is now under way on our pilot percolation project along the Oro Grande Wash,' said district spokeswoman Amy Lyn De Zwart. "The project, which includes two one-acre ponds, will provide the district with data to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of additional ponds.

"Water will be pumped from the underground basin into the ponds (so that) the water will seep back into the aquifer.'

De Zwart said a special monitoring well, drilled by the U.S. Geological Survey to a depth of 230 feet, will provide details about how far, how fast and in what direction the percolated water is flowing.Read More..

Water defense technology project begins

The earlier posting, I said about the Foods defense against terrorism.. Now this report is the research for Water Defense Technology. Yes not Only Water, Air as well!! The most important is the mental & culture defense for all.

Water defense technology project begins

LIVERMORE, CA � Today, Sandia National Laboratories, CH2M Hill and Tenix Investments Pty. Ltd. announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership to develop an unattended water safety system for chemical and bacteria detection in water supplies, according to a news release.

The technology plans to offer detection to unmonitored biological agents such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, the release said.

"We applaud this first major agreement announced by Sandia to develop technology with such strong potential for homeland security applications," Carol Linden, deputy director of Threat Analysis and Countermeasures for the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Research and Development, said in the release.

According to the release, Tenix, an Australia defense and technology contractor, is working with Englewood, CO-based CH2M Hill, Inc. to develop, pilot and demonstrate an Unattended Water Safety analyzer for use in potable water, reclaimed water and wastewater systems. Read More...

- FDA completes plan to protect food supply from attacks -

Beside Food supply protections, it is a holy responsibity & duties of each & individual to protect our Drinking Water...Ground Water & Air..

FDA completes plan to protect food supply from attacks
By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced the final portion of its post-9/11 rules to protect the USA's food supply.

The action comes just four days after outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said he can't understand why terrorists haven't attacked the U.S. food supply, because 'it's so easy to do.'

The rules are the final piece of new authorities given to the FDA by Congress in the wake of the anthrax contamination that followed the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That contamination further highlighted the nation's vulnerability to less well-known forms of terrorism and harassment. Five people died because of their exposure to envelopes laced with the deadly bacteria.

The rules require that companies keep records so officials can trace the source of food contamination. The hope is that investigators will zero in on the exact point at which a particular food was tainted.

The new rules will be important in allowing the FDA to deal with food-related emergencies, 'such as deliberate contamination of food by terrorists,' says Lester Crawford, acting FDA commissioner.

Any company that manufactures, processes, packs, transports, distributes, receives, holds or imports food must keep records showing where it obtained the food and where it shipped it.

Farms, restaurants, food banks and individuals preparing food in the home are exempt. Read More... - FDA completes plan to protect food supply from attacks

Monday, December 06, 2004

DEVILS LAKE: Threat on tap -- Grand Forks Herald | 12/05/2004 |

PipeLine Problem is also a big problem, it have to attend to it immediately...

DEVILS LAKE: Threat on tap

Underground and under water, aging pipeline looms as major city worry By Ryan Bakken Herald Staff Writer

DEVILS LAKE - The City of Devils Lake has a water problem.

No, not that water problem. Another water problem. A bigger water problem.

"We've added 3 feet to our dike system this fall, and the state outlet will start taking water off the lake next year, so we've done what we can to protect us from the flooding lake," Devils Lake Mayor Fred Bott said.

"The issue of a new water supply is a bigger issue."

The city's drinking water source is an aquifer near Warwick, N.D., 18 miles southeast. Six miles of the 18-mile underground pipeline is under the flooding lake, some of it up to 40 feet below the water surface.

So, fixing a potential pipeline break would be expensive and time consuming. It also would mean a dramatic change in the water-use habits of residents.

"Not being able to readily repair any problems puts us in a precarious situation," said Mike Grafsgaard, Devils Lake city engineer.

But the water uncertainties don't end there. The drinking water's arsenic level is too high.

If the city receives an expected extension to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, it has until 2009 to find a remedy.

But a remedy will cost $13 million to $18 million, and a funding source is uncertain. Even if everything runs according to plan, the work wouldn't be completed until mid-2008.

Until then, city residents will keep their fingers crossed about the underground and underwater pipe.

"That's another clock that is ticking," Bott said.

Aging pipeline

Devils Lake's pipeline to the Warwick Aquifer is 40 years old. It hasn't suffered any leaks yet, but the threat is great. Read More...
Grand Forks Herald | 12/05/2004 | DEVILS LAKE: Threat on tap

Land purchase to protect water

LeeAnne Connolly, certainly worth to commemorate for her actions..

Land purchase to protect water
Sunday, December 05, 2004

BELCHERTOWN - Conservation crusader LeeAnne Connolly doesn't wait for state officials to confirm they'll grant the town money for land preservation.

She's already started a campaign to raise $123,200, which, along with the grant, will allow the town to buy 51 more acres of the former Topping Farm.

Permanently shielding the parcel from development will protect the area's drinking water supply, said Connolly. The land is a major recharge area for the Lawrence Swamp aquifer, whose wells pump drinking water to Amherst, Belchertown, and Pelham, and for the Daigle Well, which serves Belchertown.

People may "think clear drinking water is in unlimited supply, but it's not. Once it's gone, it's gone forever," Connolly said earlier this week.

"This is something I really believe in, and I think other people in town do, too," she said. "When you talk about aquifer protection, it should tug at people's hearts."

The state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs grant for $261,800, which Connolly hopes will be awarded, will cover two-thirds of the land's $385,000 purchase price.

For the rest, Connolly is turning to residents; local land trusts, such as the Kestrel Trust of Amherst and the Belchertown Land Trust; nonprofit organizations; and any other generous private and public entities.

In 2000, Connolly led the campaign to preserve more than 100 acres of Topping Farm land. Later, she plans to go after the remaining 103 acres, which will be a preservation coup for one of the fastest-growing communities in Massachusetts. read More...

Land purchase to protect water

Cause of oil spill still pending

This is happen in Delaware. We need to be alert on any form of contamination on our drinking water..

Cause of oil spill still pending

Monday, December 6, 2004
By STEVE LEVINE Courier-Post Staff

Officials investigating the Delaware River oil spill emphasized Sunday they have neither determined nor discounted any causes.

Media reports over the weekend suggested pilot error or negligence had been ruled out, but that is not the case, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Russ Tippets.

'That's still under investigation,' Tippets said. 'I don't know where they would have gotten that information, but it wasn't from the Coast Guard.'

A leak was discovered from the Cyprus-flagged Athos I as it prepared to dock at a CITGO refinery in Paulsboro on Nov. 26.

Divers found two gashes in the tanker's hull, including one that is six feet long.

There has been speculation that the Greek-owned tanker might have struck a 14-foot propeller missing since it was dropped by an Army Corps of Engineers' dredge boat in April."Cause of oil spill still pending

Monday, December 6, 2004

Courier-Post Staff

Officials investigating the Delaware River oil spill emphasized Sunday they have neither determined nor discounted any causes.

Media reports over the weekend suggested pilot error or negligence had been ruled out, but that is not the case, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Russ Tippets.

"That's still under investigation," Tippets said. "I don't know where they would have gotten that information, but it wasn't from the Coast Guard."

A leak was discovered from the Cyprus-flagged Athos I as it prepared to dock at a CITGO refinery in Paulsboro on Nov. 26.

Divers found two gashes in the tanker's hull, including one that is six feet long.

There has been speculation that the Greek-owned tanker might have struck a 14-foot propeller missing since it was dropped by an Army Corps of Engineers' dredge boat in April. Read More...

Cause of oil spill still pending

TX: NM judge approves land, water buyout plan on Pecos River

Good neighbor must help each other. Why cannot settle these peacefully have to go to the court to iron out?? These , wasting time & money...

NM judge approves land, water buyout plan on Pecos River

SANTA FE A New Mexico judge has dismissed challenges to a plan to buy land and associated water rights along the Pecos River.
The U-S Supreme Court has ordered New Mexico not to fall short on its required water deliveries to Texas.

If New Mexico does fall behind, the federal government could take over managing the river.

State District Judge David Bonem yesterday granted requests from New Mexico and from irrigation districts along the river to dismiss the challenges.

Critics say the plan to spend 70 (m) million dollars to purchase land and water rights along the river would violate New Mexico law, the state constitution and the Pecos River Compact.

An appeal is expected.
KLTV 7 Tyler-Longview-Jacksonville, TX: NM judge approves land, water buyout plan on Pecos River

Feds pour $200K into water project - The Call

Be it big or small amount from Feds, it is putting tax money to work..

Feds pour $200K into water project

NORTH SMITHFIELD -- Outgoing Town Administrator Linda B. Thibault said she plans to announce at next week’s Town Council meeting a $200,000 federal bonanza to help with building a mile-long water-line connector into Woonsocket.
"It’s been months in the works. They told me ‘you’re going to get it,’" Thibault said of a phone call last week from George Zainyeh, district director for U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, D-R.I.

"This is a big sum of money. We can really get this thing rolling," Interim Finance Director Peter Barilla said. "That’s money right in the town’s pocket."

Thibault called the funding "really good news for the town."

It means that, together with $700,000 remaining from other water projects in town, the $900,000 total will provide necessary funds to complete the 4,450-foot water line from Great Road (Route 146A) to Mendon Road and Rhodes Avenue into Woonsocket.

The lowest of four bids by Rhode Island contractors, opened in mid-November, was $915,460 from Boyle & Fogarty Construction of Smithfield.

The other three bids included: C.B. Utility Co., Bristol, $952,320; Parkside Utility Construction Corp., Cranston, $1,035,851; and John Roccio Corp., Smithfield, $1,099,835.Read More...
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