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DNR To Fund Sampling Of Hundreds Of Potable Wells For PFAS In The Town Of Peshtigo

September 30, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting sampling of potable wells in an

Wisconsinites Encouraged To Apply For DNR Surface Water Grant Funds

August 10, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsinites will soon have the opportunity to vie for funding to support projects that benefit lakes, rivers and wetlands. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides more than $6 million each year for surface water protection and restoration.

DNR Confirms Spill At JCI/Tyco Facility in Marinette

July 27, 2020

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DNR Confirms Spill At JCI/Tyco Facility in Marinette

Reduction of suspended solids and phosphorus in Menomonie's stormwater runoff

Health Dunn Right HEAT presentation by Randy Eide

July 16, 2020

Menomonie has for some years been working on a project to reduce the amount of Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and phosphorus in the city's stormwater runoff. On 7/15/2020 Randy Eide, Director of Public Works in Menomonie, gave a presentation to the Environmental Action (HEAT) team of the Health Dunn Right initiative. This is a recording of that presentation.

DNR Assisting With Cleanup Of Manure Spill Near Pulaski

July 14, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff is assisting with cleanup efforts of a manure spill near Pulaski in Oconto County that entered the Little Suamico River.

Late last week and over the weekend, surface-applied manure from Betley Farms near Pulaski, ran off the intended application site and into the Little Suamico River. 

Staying Chill When the Heat is High

July 6, 2020

Water, planning, and rest are the keys to successful outdoor activities when the heat is high. The plan for extreme heat must include taking along enough water for the activity or having infallible means of procuring more water, planned cooling off time, and plans for keeping hydrated. Water can be carried in old fashioned canteens like my well worn one on the left, water bottles, or hydration packs. The most important aspect of the plan is following it.

Frac sand supplier Covia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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July 1, 2020

Frac sand supplier Covia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In Wisconsin, Covia has facilities in Columbia, Dunn, Monroe, Pierce and Waupaca counties, including the only frac sand mine in Dunn. Covia has entered into a cost-reduction agreement with its secured creditors, and intends to reduce costs by $1 billion. Covia owns 32 mines, and is a result of the merger of Unimin and Fairmont Santrol.

Climate Change Lobby presentation to Health Dunn Right Environment Committee

Health Dunn Right Environmental Team presentation from Climate Change Lobby

June 17, 2020

Representatives from Climate Change Lobby did a presentation on climate change to the Health Dunn Right Environmental Action Team (HEAT). This is a recording of the meeting.

Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorses its first wave of candidates

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June 16, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Voters is proud to announce its first wave of endorsements for candidates running for office in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

“Our endorsed candidates share our values: clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy,” said Executive Director Kerry Schumann. “We’re proud to endorse this most recent slate of candidates who will fight for a brighter, cleaner, more equitable Wisconsin.”

DNR Revises High Capacity Well Review Process In Response To Action by Attorney General Kaul

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June 2, 2020

The Wisconsin DNR today announced that they will change their rules for considering the effects of high-capacity wells. The administrative rules on high-capacity wells have been a sore point for years in Wisconsin. The focal point of this has been the high-cap well that is near Lake Beulah in Walworth County. This well was the subject of litigation that was drawn out over many years. 

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    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting sampling of potable wells in an in the Town of Peshtigo due to the potential presence of groundwater contaminated with PFAS, using state funds.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the DNR is sending a to potable well owners in the Town of Peshtigo regarding the DNR’s well sampling plans. The packets will arrive via the U.S. Postal Service. The packets will contain several items, including a Potable Well Survey, an Access Permission Agreement and a letter to the property owner.

    “It is important that potable well owners in the prescribed area who want their drinking water well tested for PFAS return both the survey and the access agreement to the DNR as soon as possible. We are asking that well owners return the forms to us with a postmark date no later than Oct. 21,” said Christine Haag, DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program Director. “Well owners are not required to have their well sampled; however, the DNR recommends that well owners participate in the sampling program and have their well sampled, so that the DNR can provide detailed information about potential PFAS in their drinking water. There is no cost to the potable well owner for the sampling.” 

    Potable well owners in the Expanded Site Investigation Area with PFOA and PFOS at or above 20 ppt (parts per trillion) in their drinking water may be eligible for a temporary bottled water supply provided by the DNR or any identified responsible party. All well owners can expect to receive results via Postal Service within 30-days of the sampling event.

    If the sample results from a well exceeds the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommended groundwater standard of 20 ppt individually or combined PFOA + PFOS, the well owner will be contacted via telephone by the DNR within 24-hrs of receipt of data from the laboratory. If the sample results identify PFAS compounds other than PFOA or PFOS, the results will be forwarded to DHS for review. DHS will contact well owners if additional...

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