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When water demand rises, this Montana town invests in forests

From the Christian Science Monitor, June 21, 2019. When the appetite for high-priced housing threatened the water source of this picturesque mountain town, the residents raised taxes and spent money on forests. Three years later, when rising tourism upped the summer demand for water, more money was raised to buy more forests. The equation used […]

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ASC ASSOCIATE FELLOW GREB TRACKS WISCONSIN WATER QUALITY THROUGH HIGH-TECH APPROACH

From the University of Wisconsin Water Research Institute, February 20, 2019. One of the familiar faces around Goodnight Hall—the home of the Aquatic Sciences Center—since spring 2018 is Associate Fellow Steven R. Greb. Retired after 32 fruitful years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Greb continues to protect Wisconsin’s waters using innovative technology. […]

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IN DEPTH: Wisconsinites fight for quality water

From WiscNews, February 8, 2019. Having clean water is not something people always can take for granted. In the northern Juneau County town of Armenia, residents worry about one contaminant in particular: nitrates. Of the 104 wells recently surveyed in the Armenia and Port Edwards areas, more than 40 percent contained nitrate levels exceeding the […]

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Wis. legislature making efforts to help people with contaminated well water

From WSAW-TV, January 15, 2019. New efforts in the state legislature are looking to help people facing contaminated groundwater throughout Wisconsin. A local group is hoping to push those efforts even further, ensuring state leaders know it is a life-threatening problem in the central sands area. More and more people with private wells are learning […]

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Baby’s death sparks water safety fight

From the Minnesota Star Tribune, January 4, 2019. Small-town Wisconsin residents take on state and powerful ag industry. The battle began with a mother’s anguished blog post about the death of her infant. That was the catalyst for a hundred angry neighbors with undrinkable water who gathered at the Lake Aire Supper Club on a […]

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LaCrosse Releases Report On Nitrates In Groundwater

From SWNews4U.com, November 14, 2018. LA CROSSE – The LaCrosse County Public Health Department’s Nitrate Well Water Task Force (NWWTF) published a report and recommendations on nitrate contamination of groundwater in Holland and Onalaska Townships the second week of October 2018. The recommendations included actions for state, county and municipal governments, as well as for […]

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Counties In Southwestern Wisconsin Fund New Research On Groundwater Quality

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 18, 2018. Three counties in southwestern Wisconsin are commissioning a new study of private wells in response to growing concerns about groundwater contamination across the state. Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties are funding the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology (SWIGG) study. Researchers from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, […]

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We add it to drinking water for our teeth — but is fluoride hurting us?

From Environmental Health News, October 10, 2018. Two studies — one from Canada and one Mexico — released today point to potential health problems from fluoride, which, in a majority of U.S. communities, is purposefully added to drinking water to protect people’s teeth. The Canada study found that adults who are iodine deficient and have […]

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Minnesota loons could benefit from BP oil spill money

From the Star Tribune, October 9, 2018. Minnesota’s loons have made it onto a national shortlist of conservation projects likely to be funded by an $18 billion fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal agencies overseeing the massive settlement announced Tuesday that the state’s loon project made the final […]

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Clearing Up Murky Lake Water Has Impact On Nearby Property Values

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 2, 2018. Jean Hedren never hears homebuyers in northern Wisconsin say they don’t care if the lake by their prospective home is green. “It’s got to be clear,” said Hedren, an Edina Realty real estate agent who specializes in selling lake homes in northwest Wisconsin. Generally speaking, Hedren said it’s […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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