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Counties In Southwestern Wisconsin Fund New Research On Groundwater Quality

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 18, 2018. Three counties in southwestern Wisconsin are commissioning a new study of private wells in response to growing concerns about groundwater contamination across the state. Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties are funding the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology (SWIGG) study. Researchers from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, […]

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We add it to drinking water for our teeth — but is fluoride hurting us?

From Environmental Health News, October 10, 2018. Two studies — one from Canada and one Mexico — released today point to potential health problems from fluoride, which, in a majority of U.S. communities, is purposefully added to drinking water to protect people’s teeth. The Canada study found that adults who are iodine deficient and have […]

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Minnesota loons could benefit from BP oil spill money

From the Star Tribune, October 9, 2018. Minnesota’s loons have made it onto a national shortlist of conservation projects likely to be funded by an $18 billion fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal agencies overseeing the massive settlement announced Tuesday that the state’s loon project made the final […]

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Clearing Up Murky Lake Water Has Impact On Nearby Property Values

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 2, 2018. Jean Hedren never hears homebuyers in northern Wisconsin say they don’t care if the lake by their prospective home is green. “It’s got to be clear,” said Hedren, an Edina Realty real estate agent who specializes in selling lake homes in northwest Wisconsin. Generally speaking, Hedren said it’s […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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Officials warn of high nitrate levels in drinking wells around Armenia

From the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, June 18, 2018. ARMENIA – High nitrate levels in private wells in Juneau and Wood counties have caused health departments to issue a warning. The high nitrate levels have been found in private drinking water wells in the Armenia area, according to a news release from the Wood County […]

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Dry wells, sinking land and fears of a global food crisis

From E & E News, June 25, 2018. TULARE COUNTY, Calif. — The bottom is falling out of America’s most productive farmland. Literally. Swaths of the San Joaquin Valley have sunk 28 feet — nearly three stories — since the 1920s, and some areas have dropped almost 3 feet in the past two years. Blame […]

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Hawaii becomes first US state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

From The Guardian, May 2, 2018. In a bid to protect its marine environment, Hawaii has passed a bill banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have ‘significant harmful impacts’ on ecosystems Coral reefs and sunshine keep tourists flocking to Hawaii but add sunscreen to that holiday mix and the result can be serious […]

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Sunscreen poses another threat to coral reefs

From Deutche Welle, April 13, 2018. Some chemicals in sunscreen can kill corals, researchers have discovered. So how to protect your skin and reefs at the same time? DW reports from Bonaire in the Caribbean. At a dive center on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea, about a dozen scuba divers — including […]

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