WSV’s Dan Robinson writes, “Who knew pipes and stormwater, roads and the electric grid, internet broadband access and housing would be such hot topics? With the infrastructure bills being considered by Congress, people from across the country and the political spectrum are debating these topics because they have such a direct impact on our lives. That impact can be felt in small communities like Three Rivers or in big cities like Detroit. And community-based groups aren’t waiting for government to be the only solution to problems.”

Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), are expected to bring the measure to the House floor for passage later this week.

The Three Rivers City Commission will be holding a special meeting tonight via Zoom at 6 p.m. Commissioners are expected to hold a public hearing to discuss a water-related infrastructure improvements grant, as well as an update to the city’s user fee ordinance. Among those user fees will be proposed increases to both city water and sewer rates beginning next fiscal year. Tonight’s meeting will include an opportunity for citizens to speak to the commission about these proposed changes.