DNA evidence traces drinking water hazards back to farms and manure. A sophisticated new analysis of conditions around hundreds of polluted wells in Wisconsin found that farming and animal manure pose far greater risks than other factors linked to two contaminants that have consistently posed serious health hazards in places with vulnerable drinking water sources. https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/dna-evidence-traces-drinking-water-hazards-back-to-farms-and/article_daf21447-0b24-5b0e-a1a6-ab3f5f17094c.html#utm_source=madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fwsj-news&utm_medium=WhatCounts&utm_content=AD782472B79B93D20F58C2B8A32345DE1840D5A5
DNR Sec.-designee Cole Says 5 Water Scientists In Proposed Budget. DNR Secretary-designee says they want five new scientists in the next budget to help fight Wisconsin’s growing water quality problem. http://www.wxpr.org/post/dnr-sec-designee-cole-says-5-water-scientists-proposed-budget#stream/0
Counties, Tribe Sign Pact To Fight Runoff In Green Bay. Four county executives from northeastern Wisconsin joined the Oneida Nation to sign a water quality pact. The goal is to significantly reduce phosphorous runoff into waterways that ultimately empty into the bay of Green Bay. https://www.wpr.org/counties-tribe-sign-pact-fight-runoff-green-bay
Report: Industry data show groundwater pollution prevalent at coal-fired power plants.
Groundwater near six Wisconsin coal plants — including three run by Madison-based Alliant Energy — contains unsafe levels of toxic chemicals, according to a report finding widespread pollution at the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Contaminants including arsenic, boron, cobalt, lithium and molybdenum at levels up to 55 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for safe drinking water were found near sites in urban areas like Milwaukee, Kenosha and Sheboygan, as well as the smaller communities of Cassville, Portage and Rothschild. https://chippewa.com/news/state-and-regional/report-industry-data-show-groundwater-pollution-prevalent-at-coal-fired/article_fd84b948-34e1-5752-996b-f92114118ab8.html
DNR Secretary Cole Says New Funding Needed To Improve Water Quality. Gov. Tony Evers’ pick to lead the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says new investment in research is needed to understand the state’s water quality issues. https://www.wpr.org/dnr-secretary-cole-says-new-funding-needed-improve-water-quality
Green Bay couple sues city for over $300K after home was damaged by water main break. A couple whose home flooded after a water main break last year is suing the city of Green Bay for over $300,000, contending the city has been negligent and failed to properly maintain its water infrastructure. https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2019/03/05/green-bay-couple-sues-city-over-water-main-break/3058632002/
New research indicates tainted Kewaunee County wells tied to manure pits. Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in Kewaunee County. New research by U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt shows nitrate and coliform in the water mostly comes from agriculture — and not human waste. https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/investigations/2019/03/04/tainted-kewaunee-county-drinking-water-wells-tied-manure-pits/3054018002/
3 weeks until Conference. There is still time to register and attend the Technical Conference that offers the most training and the largest exhibit of the newest water and wastewater technology in the State. Go to https://www.wrwa.org/wrwa-annual-technical-conference/ for information and registration.
Quote: “If you’re standing in the manure pile, it’s somebody’s job to mention the stink.”- Barbara Kingsolver