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April 18, 2018 E-News

La Crosse County has outbreak of diarrhea illness, with other cases in state also linked:  La Crosse County is experiencing an increase in reported cases of the tongue-twisting illness of cryptosporidiosis, which often is associated with contact with sick animals and typically causes profuse, watery diarrhea and abdominal cramping.

US rivers are becoming saltier – and it’s not just from treating roads in winter:  The United States has made enormous progress in reducing water pollution since the Clean Water Act was passed nearly 50 years ago. Rivers no longer catch fire when oil slicks on their surfaces ignite. And many harbors that once were fouled with sewage now draw swimmers and boaters.

Manitowoc Public Utilities says lead in water exceeds EPA action limit in some homes:  Manitowoc Public Utilities said in a press release April 11 that lead testing has found levels in some Manitowoc homes above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action limit.

Racine Diversion Request Raises Serious Questions; Compact Coalition Urges Regional Review:  The Wisconsin Compact Implementation Coalition (CIC) is urging the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body to initiate a formal review of the City of Racine’s proposal to divert Great Lakes water.  Racine’s application raises serious questions about its compliance with the Great Lakes Compact.

Legislation to Allow Municipal Officials to Serve as Election Officials Signed into Law:  The bill was authored by Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Representative Ed Brooks (R- Reedsburg), and Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), to allow municipal officials to serve as election officials. Prior to 2016, it was not unusual for members of City Councils and Village or Town Boards to serve as poll workers on Election Day. The practice was discontinued after an attorney from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities provided a legal opinion that the practice is actually prohibited under state statute.

Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax:  Researchers at Drexel University surveyed residents of Philadelphia both before and after a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks took effect. The researchers found Philadelphians were about 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily after the tax went into effect, compared with people in the other cities.

Quote:  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”-Mother Teresa

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