FEMA review estimates $37.2M in flood damages; Walker requests federal disaster declaration: According to FEMA’s damage assessments following August and September’s severe flooding across the state, over $37 million in damage was done. https://www.channel3000.com/news/fema-review-estimates-372m-in-flood-damages-walker-requests-federal-disaster-declaration/803164136
Board Approves Nearly $2.4 Million for Community Projects: The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) today approved nearly $4.4 million in State Trust Fund Loans to support nine community projects in Wisconsin. Board Chair Brad Schimel and Commissioner Doug La Follette voted in favor of the loans with Commissioner Matt Adamczyk voting against them. http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/1002bcpl.pdf
Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan: Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. https://lacrossetribune.com/news/national/investigators-want-to-know-who-left-gator-in-lake-michigan/article_8b03a5b1-5e4f-5587-b5d7-b8402002a0aa.html
While business doubled, Menasha Corp. cut water use by 90 percent: Since 2010, Menasha Corp. has set and achieved goals to cut its overall water use. While its staff and geographic footprint doubled in size, the company reduced water used per ton of production by 90 percent. https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/10/05/while-business-doubled-menasha-corp-cut-water-use-90-percent/1498475002/
Wisconsin still at center of water battles 10 years after passage of Great Lakes compact: With the Great Lakes Compact celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, protections designed to fend off large-scale water diversions have never been stronger, experts said Tuesday at Marquette University Law School. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2018/10/02/wisconsin-center-water-battles-decade-after-great-lakes-compact/1492177002/
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