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May 16, 2018 E-News

Study finds tiny bits of plastic in beer samples, including in Milwaukee:  A new study has found an ingredient you might not have expected in beer: Microscopic bits of plastic.  The study published last month in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One, showed microplastics turned up in 33 water samples last year in seven cities that tap the Great Lakes, including the City of Milwaukee.  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2018/05/14/tiny-bits-plastic-found-beer-samples-including-milwaukee/602644002/

Study Finds Highest Microplastic Concentration In The Apostle Islands:  A recent study of 35 national parks found the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore had the highest concentration of microplastics.  “There were some areas that were a lot higher like the Apostle Islands, which actually had the highest load of microplastics of any of our sites,” said Whitmire. “The next highest sites were in the Pacific Islands in Hawaii.”   https://www.wpr.org/study-finds-highest-microplastic-concentration-apostle-islands

Are There Enough Young People In Rural Wisconsin?:  “Everything’s going on in the big cities but a lot of times in the rural communities you’re stagnant,” she said. “You need money to do this, you need money to do that and it’s hard to get the money when you don’t have new individuals coming into the community or new businesses.”  https://www.wpr.org/are-there-enough-young-people-rural-wisconsin

Federal regulators: Granite Peak Ski Area withdrew water without license, may owe Domtar:  Granite Peak Ski Area has withdrawn water from a nearby river without proper federal approval for more than 15 years — so much that it could reduce the flow at a hydroelectric dam in nearby Rothschild, a paper company alleges.  https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/news/2018/05/14/granite-peak-ordered-seek-federal-license-after-domtar-complaint/586742002/

Nelsonville to hold town hall on water quality, quantity concerns:  In February, Portage County unveiled the first baseline study of groundwater quality in the county. It looked at chloride concentrations, nitrate concentrations, how corrosive the water is and other metrics for water quality.  The study found nearly a quarter of the tested drinking wells in the county exceeded federal safety standards for nitrates.  https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/news/2018/05/11/nelsonville-hold-townhall-water-quality-quantity/602471002/

UMN Professor Tries to Clean PFCs From East Metro Water:  Matt Simcik has invented a sponge that might be able to clean up one of Minnesota’s worst water-pollution problems, the PFCs in Washington County groundwater.  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/minnesota/articles/2018-04-23/umn-professor-tries-to-clean-pfcs-from-east-metro-water

Quote:  “Don’t throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.”-Swedish Proverb

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