Wisconsin Finds 240 More Impaired Waterways

From the Door County Pulse, November 22, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a list of 240 waterways that it will add to the state’s impaired waters list. The additions will bring the total number of impaired waterways recognized by the state to approximately 1,500. One of Door County’s waterways, Stony Creek, […]

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Marathon County Considering Local Mining Ordinance To Protect Scenic Area

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 20, 2017. At least one Wisconsin county is considering putting its own mining regulations in place as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year moratorium on the mining of sulfide ores, which include gold and silver. Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly […]

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Wisconsin Study Looks At Ways To Reduce ‘Legacy’ Phosphorus

From Wisconsin Public Radio, March 15, 2017. Researcher: Reducing Fertilizer Use Would Improve Surface Water Quality A long history of heavy fertilization by growers has created an overabundance of phosphorus in Wisconsin soil, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study, and farmers cutting back on manure and fertilizer application would help improve water quality. […]

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Town of Lincoln Puts Moratorium on Livestock Expansion

From the Door County Pulse, October 27, 2017. Elected officials in the Town of Lincoln – one of the areas in Kewaunee County hit hardest by contaminated wells – are no longer relying on outside forces to protect their fragile groundwater. At its October 17 meeting, the Lincoln Town Board passed a one-year moratorium on […]

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These Food and Beverage Companies Are Leading on Conservation

From Water Deeply, October 12, 2017. There is a growing awareness about water risk for businesses in the food and beverage industry. A new report from Ceres shows which companies are leading and lagging, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James. After a punishing five-year drought in California that damaged harvests, caused job losses among farm workers and sent […]

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Strips Of Native Prairie Plants Could Reduce Pollution Runoff From Farm Fields

From Harvest Public Media, October 2, 2017. A new study says small patches of native prairie plants provide a range of conservation benefits to Iowa’s landscape and could reduce water pollution from farm fields. So-called “prairie strips” are patches of land strategically planted with native, perennial mixes of grasses and flowers on the edges of […]

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Central Wisconsin Mayors Oppose Sulfide Mining Bill

From Wisconsin Public Radio, September 25, 2017. Three central Wisconsin mayors have signed a letter opposing a bill that would relax sulfide mining regulations. Mayors Bob Mielke of Wausau, Mike Wiza of Stevens Point, and Zach Vruwink of Wisconsin Rapids sent the letter to the bill’s sponsors Sept. 5. The letter states that the bill […]

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Walker’s Cabinet Stops In Ashland For Check-In On Recovery From 2016 Flood

From Wisconsin Public Radio, September 13, 2017. Northern Wisconsin Leaders Frustrated With Delayed Payments For Flood Repairs Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet made a stop in Ashland this week to talk about ongoing recovery efforts from last year’s flooding in northern Wisconsin. Local officials there say they would like to see faster reimbursement for repairs. The […]

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Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC) – Report to the Legislature

The Groundwater Coordinating Council prepares an annual report each year that summarizes the operations and activities of the council, describes the state of the groundwater resource and its management, and makes recommendations. The report is due each August for the preceding fiscal year. The latest report is for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – […]

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Farmers, Environmentalists Join Forces To Battle Blue-Green Algae

From Wisconsin Public Radio, September 6, 2017. A patch of blue-green algae mars an idyllic Lake Petenwell harbor scene. Local homeowners and farmers have joined forces to reduce the agricultural runoff that contributes to the problem. In August 2016, Rick Georgeson was livid about the blue-green algae in front of his home on Lake Petenwell, […]

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Bill to end moratorium on mining is introduced

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 18, 2017. Wisconsin’s mining moratorium law would be jettisoned under a bill proposed Thursday by two Republican legislators that could spur plans for new mining in northern Wisconsin. Environmentalists have been expecting that Republicans, who control the Legislature, would introduce legislation to eliminate a moratorium on so-called sulfide mining – a […]

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