RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….  6/24/20 

Rising nitrate levels found in tap water of some Madison-area suburbs, report says.  Municipal water systems providing tap water for more than 1 million Wisconsin residents have been contaminated with nitrate at some point since 2003, according to a new report from an environmental watchdog group.  https://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/rising-nitrate-levels-found-in-tap-water-of-some-madison-area-suburbs-report-says/article_2bc3ed37-53b8-5754-ab75-5b6eed3988ea.html#tracking-source=home-the-latest

DNR seeks permission to draft rules on PFAS restrictions.  Wisconsin’s natural resources policy board is expected to vote this week on whether to allow the agency to draft rules limiting the use of firefighting foam containing hazardous fluorinated compounds known as PFAS.  https://journaltimes.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/dnr-seeks-permission-to-draft-rules-on-pfas-restrictions/article_8c864596-83eb-543c-8a1a-71627dde7daa.html

Wastewater samples and antibody testing could be key to understanding COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Two new state studies aim to find out.  Two studies beginning this month will examine where the coronavirus has been and where it’s spreading, the Department of Health Services announced Wednesday.  https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/news/2020/06/17/wisconsin-coronavirus-wastewater-antibody-studies-track-prevalence/3206754001/?fbclid=IwAR1ZhUt1RYfvwAW1vU5N7PCtOOF4C2mRg8lTYOtKVhvTvfBmLQoHrtiJPn8

Wisconsin to conduct 2 health surveys to track COVID-19.  The second study will test samples from wastewater treatment facilities, in both urban and rural areas, to determine the current concentration levels of virus genetic material found in sewage.  https://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Wisconsin-to-conduct-2-health-surveys-to-track-COVID-19-571319931.html?yyy&fbclid=IwAR1qaMSiY51CfGqHgXIo2MU5WPYJE2i-xFwvRlQPh9X-sIN4USnbJwUMlzk

Manitowoc outdoors: Blue-green algae poses risk on Wisconsin waters.  Blue-green algae are photosynthetic bacteria known as cyanobacteria and are a natural part of water bodies in Wisconsin. With enough sunlight and nutrients, cyanobacteria can grow to high levels and form a blue-green algae bloom.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/life/2020/06/23/manitowoc-outdoors-blue-green-algae-poses-risk-wisconsin-lakes/3237299001/

Routes to Recovery Grant program guidance availablehttps://doa.wi.gov/Secretary/RRG-ProgramGuidance.pdf

Quote: “Clean water is such a treasure that we take for granted in America.” – Hannah Teter