Judge Sean Cox in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has closed a 35-year-old case in which a federal court has supervised the operations of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) due to its failure to comply with the Clean Water Act. Judge Cox said that, although DWSD’s record of compliance still is not perfect, it has improved to the point where the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will be able to work with DWSD to resolve any issues that may arise, and further court intervention is not necessary. The judge denied a request to order the transfer of DWSD’s assets to a regional authority, citing a lack of authority to issue such an order. Meanwhile, Rep. Kurt Heise (R-20) has introduced a bill (H.B. 4009) to create a regional water authority for the Detroit metro area. United States v. Detroit, No. 77-71100 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 27, 2013).