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November 22, 2017 E-News

Property values drop near large CAFOs, state says:  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has found that homes near large dairy operations have been selling for as much as 13 percent below their assessed value in Kewaunee County, where odor, noise and water pollution from the sprawling feedlots have been a big problem.  “We would much prefer to have our home value back, be able to breathe the air and drink the water without wondering what contaminants they contain,” http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/property-values-drop-near-large-cafos-state-says/article_9f6da467-b0bc-5de9-9883-2f14a6d0e439.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague: Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. http://hosted2.ap.org/WIEAU/d2ccb6c55bb549b287e32bed845fd969/Article_2017-11-16-US–AP%20Explains-Harmful%20Algae/id-4c0c5137e3af41258c8ef0173c5f7ad2

Keystone pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South DakotaTransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday.  The accident comes at a critical moment for critics of increased oil flows on pipelines running through the Great Lakes basin, home to the world’s largest freshwater system that is a drinking water source for tens of millions of people.  http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/11/16/keystone-pipeline-leaks-210-000-gallons-oil-south-dakota/872727001/

What’s next for Oak Creek following Waukesha’s decision to buy water from Milwaukee?:  After about five years of negotiations, Waukesha chose to purchase water from Milwaukee instead of Oak Creek.  So what’s next for Oak Creek water? http://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/south/news/oak-creek/2017/11/15/whats-next-oak-creek-following-waukeshas-decision-buy-water-milwaukee/864161001/

Wisconsin DNR Names 240 New Waters As Impaired:  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named 240 new waterways as impaired, which means they need plans for reducing pollution.  The DNR said Wednesday that of those, 183 of them are lakes or river stretches that exceed more restrictive phosphorous standards that took effect in December 2010.  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-dnr-names-240-new-waters-impaired

Couple finds frog in water at Waffle House:  TALLAHASSEE — A couple practically leaped out of their seats during a visit to a local Waffle House after their ice water came with a stomach-churning surprise: a dead frog.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/16/couple-finds-frog-water-waffle-house/873239001/

Quote:  “Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes-one for peace and one for science.”-John F. Kennedy

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