Wednesday , 15 August 2018

August 1, 2018 E-News

Dead zones in Green Bay show signs of lasting longer, raising long-term questions:  Green Bay’s dead zones — areas with virtually no oxygen or aquatic life — are in a constant state of flux, and probably not improving.  They swell, shrink and shift from one year to the next — their fortunes dictated by rain, snow, temperature, wind, water currents and, significantly, too much runoff carried in from the third-largest watershed in the Great Lakes basin.

Dead zones haunt Green Bay as manure fuels algae blooms-Many gains from Clean Water Act are lost due to overloads of phosphorous entering waters:  Nearly 400 years after French voyageur Jean Nicolet arrived with a bang on the banks of lower Green Bay — he fired two pistols skyward to announce the white man’s arrival in the world’s largest freshwater estuary — the same stretch of shoreline was the scene of another fateful landing.

What you need to know about blue-green algae:  Three years after a toxic algae bloom knocked out the drinking water supply for nearly 500,000 people in and around Toledo, a similar scourge has hit Milwaukee’s Juneau Lagoon at a most unfortunate time. Here’s what you need to know about the aquatic toxin.

Which path will a drop of water take to reach the Madison lakes?:  On one path — above ground — the water will pick up contaminants like the nutrients that add to the unnatural crops of weeds and bacteria that limit our enjoyment of the lakes.  On the other route — below ground — it will move more slowly and likely will stay clear, cold and unencumbered by pollutants.

Water restored to Vesper residents after main break:  Water service has been restored to residents in the village of Vesper.

22 Days to Operator Expo:  If you haven’t registered yet please visit the Wisconsin Rural Water Website for the latest information on the WRWA Operator Expo on August 23rd.  We are again presenting training, hands-on and many of the state’s premier vendors of the newest technology and equipment in the water and wastewater industry.  Sign up for a day of outdoor training and new information.

Quote:  “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.” -Benjamin Franklin

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