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May 11, 2016 E-News

30 TONS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS COLLECTED SMASHES RECORD, STATE AG SAYS – Wisconsin residents got rid of unused and unwanted prescription drugs in record numbers on Saturday, with more than 30 tons of drugs collected statewide during the semi-annual drug take-back day. Attorney General Brad Schimel said the 62,618 pounds of drugs collected was 40 percent more than the previous mark of 44,700 pounds taken in during the October 2015 event. The Department of Justice said the Drug Enforcement Administration’s preliminary report said the amount of drugs collected in Wisconsin set an all-time record for any state since the program started. Law enforcement departments led the way in hosting 128 take back events across Wisconsin on Saturday. The one-day happening is in addition to the 256 permanent drug disposal drop boxes at governmental offices and pharmacies.

DNR RELEASES APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION ON LEAD SERVICE LINE FUNDING PROGRAM – This guidance clarifies the various criteria used to determine whether a municipality is “disadvantaged” for the purpose of calculating regular and LSL principal forgiveness as well as determining the interest rate subsidy for their loan. It also includes information on application and interest rates. For a copy of the guidance, go to

DNR’S LEAD PIPE PROGRAM COVERS FRACTION OF LIKELY COST – A new program to help Wisconsin communities replace lead drinking water pipes will likely take out only a small fraction of those estimated to exist around the state. Wisconsin’s municipal drinking water systems use about 176,000 lead service lines — the pipes that carry water from public mains to individual homes and other buildings — according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimate. Typically, a municipal water service line has two segments, one belonging to the water utility and the other belonging to the private property owner. Many Wisconsin cities replace the public segments of lead service lines during road construction projects, which saves on costs. But without buy-in from property owners, they’re left providing only partial replacements. To address this partial-replacement challenge, the DNR earmarked funds for replacing the private property segments of lead service lines.

GREAT LAKES STATES TIGHTEN SPIGOT ON WAUKESHA’S WATER REQUEST – Great Lakes officials are further tightening the spigot on Waukesha’s request for Lake Michigan water and recommending numerous conditions on distribution of the water and return of treated wastewater to the lake, a draft document says. When representatives of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces meet Tuesday in Chicago, they will attempt to reach consensus on a lower volume of lake water that Waukesha would receive — no more than an average of 8.4 million gallons a day by midcentury — if the request is approved. To make that work, Waukesha would have to follow through on a plan to reduce water use through conservation measures, said Dan Injerd, director of the Illinois Office of Water Resources. Waukesha’s current distribution area would need nearly 8.4 million gallons by 2050, according to city consultants who accounted for water conservation efforts. Adding small pieces of two adjacent municipalities to a revised lake water service area still under review by the regional officials would require extra volume, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.–378408911.html

TESTS FIND SALMONELLA, ROTAVIRUS IN KEWAUNEE COUNTY WELLS – State officials say 11 of 30 wells have tested positive for salmonella or rotavirus in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin — a region that has become Wisconsin’s battleground over large-scale dairy farming and the potential of the farms to harm water resources. Early indications suggest the well contamination may have come from cattle, but state officials and the chief researcher in the study say it’s premature to pinpoint the source of the contamination. The results were released by the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health Services. They are part of a larger $80,000, DNR-funded research effort to examine the extent and source of groundwater contamination in the county. The findings are the latest example of a possible link between farming and polluted groundwater.

DNR TO ISSUE NEW RULES FOR FARMERS IN KARST AREAS, KITCHENS SAYS – In response to continued groundwater problems in Kewaunee County, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expects to issue new administrative regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and other farmers in karst areas, state Rep. Joel Kitchens said Thursday. Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, met with Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday and said that they had agreed that different DNR rules governing agriculture were needed for “unique geological areas of the state.” “He understands that one size fits all doesn’t work,” Kitchen said, referring to DNR regulations that govern statewide agricultural practices, particularly for manure spreading. The new administrative rules will be developed from best management practices recommended by DNR work groups formed in 2015.  The groups were composed of representatives from agriculture, environmental groups, government agencies and other citizens in Kewaunee and Door counties where more than 30 percent of tested wells are contaminated.

PRODUCER-LED WATERSHED PROTECTION GRANTS AWARDED TO 14 GROUPS – Wisconsin’s first Producer Led Watershed Protection Grants have been awarded to 14 groups of farmers who will work with resource conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues tailored to their local conditions. Secretary Ben Brancel said, “All of these projects have strong farmer leadership and a commitment to improving water and soil quality on Wisconsin farmland. Each project is unique, but they all include learning about best management practices, installing conservation practices, and forming partnerships to strengthen their efforts. I look forward to seeing what they accomplish.” Brancel leads the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, which will administer the program.

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