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March 7, 2018 E-News

Funding for state roads down as much as $90 million due to Foxconn project:  A new road project serving the $10 billion Foxconn plant in Racine County could reduce funding for other state roads by as much as $90 million in the current budget, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Politicized Wisconsin DNR erasing rare wetlands, retirees say:  Retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts are raising alarms about what they say are unusually bold signs of political influence in the agency that are threatening to allow businesses to destroy wide swaths of rare and valuable wetlands.

MMSD violated state pollution permit last week at Jones Island sewage treatment plant:  Wastewater discharged last week into Lake Michigan from the Jones Island sewage treatment plant exceeded state permit limits for two pollutants, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District officials said Tuesday.

Public Hearing Wednesday on Proposal to Divert Lake Michigan Water For Foxconn Plant:  The Taiwanese-owned LCD manufacturing facility will require loads of water for its production process. The Racine Water Utility wants to extend service to provide that water.

Dane County Looks to Award Communities $1.3 Million in Grants for Clean Water Projects:  Dane County is again accepting applications from local municipalities for its “Urban Water Quality Grant Program” to assist with projects aimed at cleaning up urban runoff pollution in area waters, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.

Unease growing in Wisconsin GOP base over environmental rollbacks:  Hunting and fishing enthusiasts, lakefront property owners and neighbors of large farming operations are among those who have grown unhappy with the long list of changes enacted by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP majority in the Legislature.  Polls show Republican-leaning voters have mixed feelings about regulation of air and water quality. It’s unclear if disenchantment with relaxed regulations could loosen the party’s grip on Wisconsin state government.

County officials say isolated wetlands bill could have adverse effects here:  Few isolated wetlands are likely located in Rock County, but county officials are worried a bill awaiting Gov. Scott Walker’s signature could have negative effects on water quality and flooding potential statewide, including Rock County.  The bill would exempt isolated and artificial wetlands from certain Department of Natural Resources permitting requirements. Easing regulations could open wetlands up for development.

La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group pushing education:  A local group made up of representatives of area municipalities and organizations and dedicated to keeping the area’s local water sources clean is stepping up its education efforts.  The organization, called La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group, has launched a website to help give homeowners information on stormwater, as well as encourage them to help reduce polluted runoff.

WRWA Technical Conference is coming up fast.  If you haven’t registered, well, why not?  This one is going to be great.  March 26-29 will be a week of fun and information.  Visit to register.

Quote:  ““Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”  Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary

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