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August 3, 2016 E-News

CLEAN WATER REGULATIONS SCALED BACK – Responding to strong complaints from Wisconsin’s dairy industry, the state Department of Natural Resources quietly narrowed the scope of rules it is writing to reduce health hazards from hundreds of millions of gallons of manure spread on farm fields each year. An industry representative said the DNR’s initial plan for rule-making would have been much too costly, in part because it would have generally reduced the amount of manure that could be applied per acre, requiring dairy operators to obtain more land. But conservationists said the narrowed rule-making plan delayed indefinitely the consideration of public health and water resources protections that were identified through lengthy scientific study and extensive public discussion.

4 PERCENT OF WISCONSIN WATER SYSTEMS EXCEEDED CONTAMINANT LIMITS – A new report says 4 percent of Wisconsin’s public water systems exceeded contaminant limits last year. The Department of Natural Resources released its annual report on drinking water on Friday. It found that 11,036 of 11,470 systems, or about 96 percent, served water to customers without exceeding any contaminant limits. The remaining 439 systems exceeded the limits for at least one contaminant. The most common contaminant by far was coliform bacteria. The smallest systems, including motels, restaurants, parks, taverns, churches and campgrounds, accounted for about 73 percent of the violations.

WHY WATER IN SCHOOLS IS SO SUSCEPTIBLE TO LEAD POISONING – The Flint water crisis is bringing more attention to the decades-old — but still unsolved — problem of lead in drinking water supplies. But despite the fact that lead poses a potential danger to children, neither states nor the federal government require schools to regularly test their water for the toxic metal. That’s about to change. New York is on the verge of becoming the first state to require lead tests for water in schools. “Lead is such a lethal contaminant and threat to human health, especially to youngsters, that we must make every effort to ensure that the water our school children drink is lead free,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat who backed the measure.

STORM DAMAGES HISTORIC COLUMBUS WATER TOWER – The historic Chapel Street water tower has been cordoned off and two homes have been evacuated after an engineer determined that the structure, which was built in 1896, may be unstable after being damaged in a storm Thursday night. A large chunk of bricks is missing from the top of the tower, which provides support for a 60,000-pound steel tank. City administrator Patrick Vander Sanden said a structural engineer was called in to look at the water tower Friday, after the city received reports of scattered bricks being found around its base and two homes in the area being damaged by flying bricks and mortar during the storm. The engineer, Kent Fish of General Engineering, determined that the tower was likely struck by lightning in the storm and is unstable. He recommended that the two homes next to the tower be evacuated.

DNR MINE REPORT CRITICIZED – Residents from Wisconsin and neighboring states told the state Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday that the agency’s draft report on state industrial sand mining appears to downplay public health concerns. “I am disappointed by the lack of substance in this report,” said Dwight Swenson of Hixton, “and that its purpose is presumably to provide the general public a false sense of security regarding industrial sand mining’s impact on health, safety and well-being issues.” DNR officials say the report, which was released in June, is meant to summarize the best current information on sand mining, possible environmental impacts and applicable regulations. About 60 people started off the hearing at Chippewa Valley Technical College, and many had suggestions for the report’s improvement.

2016 WRWA 15th ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO – Mark your calendars now to attend this educational and fun-filled event. Classroom training, product demonstrations, attendee activities, heavy equipment displays, Raffle prizes and lunch & refreshments provided. New for this year is our “Buy, Sell and Swap” area where you can display items for sale to the over 600 attendees of the event, and the “Tools of the Trade” area where you can display items, tools and equipment you’ve designed yourself to make your job easier. For additional information on this event or to register, go to

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