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Thursday, May 24 2018

Foxconn site spilling into Pike River

Foxconn Draining to Pike River

Concerned citizens in Mount Pleasant have been documenting the spill of silt from the Foxconn development into the Pike River. The water has breached the containment barrier at the building site and is flowing through the "Lamparek Ditch" and then into the Pike. The attached video was shot yesterday. This was exactly the sort of thing that citizens in the area (and in Illinois) have been concerned would happen despite the money spent to mitigate damage from runoff.  

Walker Has Worked to Decrease Access to the Polls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 30, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, 608-208-1129 (office), 608-213-6972 (mobile/text), or [email protected]

Algal Bloom in Dunn County causes sickness

Algae

The Dunn County Public Health Department has reported the first case of sickness caused by blue-green algae bloom in the county. Symptoms can show up  minutes to hours after exposure and can include shortness of breath, headache, fever, vomiting, and more. Please keep in mind that pets are also susceptible to illness from exposure to the algal bloom. 

Clean Wisconsin: Files lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA’s failure to reduce unhealthy smog

Air Pollution Attainment Areas

Contact: Katie Nekola, Clean Wisconsin, 608-251-7020 ext. 14 (office) or [email protected]

MADISON, WI —Today, Clean Wisconsin sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. to challenge a Trump Administration decision that fails to reduce unhealthy ozone smog in Wisconsin and other parts of the country.

DNR Revisions for Manure Spreading Take Effect July 1

MADISON - New rule revisions designed to reduce manure groundwater contamination, specifically in the northeast section of the state, take effect July 1.

The changes, under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to Silurian bedrock, which are areas where the soil depth to bedrock is shallow and the bedrock may be fractured.

Gravity Of Precedent Fuels Challenge To Foxconn's Lake Michigan Bid

map of diversion

Wisconsin's decision to let Foxconn draw water from Lake Michigan may set a precedent for water use that resonates across the Great Lakes region and beyond. But an emerging challenge to it is really a battle over how to interpret the Great Lakes Compact, the 10-years-young eight-state agreement that governs access to one of the world's most voluminous supplies of freshwater.

Hi-Crush incident update - metals release into river

Hi Crush Spillage

The recent rescue incident at the Hi-Crush facility in Whitehall released 10 million gallons of (primarily) water, silt, clay, and sand from a retaiing pond at the site. The release flowed through a local creek and into the Trempealeau river, depositing silt and mud on local farmers fields in the process.

The Confounding Geography Of Lyme Disease In The U.S.

The Upper Midwest and the northeastern regions of the United States are increasingly a carpet of Lyme disease cases each summer and autumn. But the southeastern part of the country — a vast expanse of hot and humid territory and certainly hospitable to the ticks that carry Lyme-causing bacteria — gets off relatively easy.

Legal Challenge filed to Foxconn water diversion

Great Lakes Map

On 5/25 Midwest Environmental Advocates filed a suit to challenge the recent DNR approval of diverting water from Lake Michigan to suppy the upcomfing Foxconn project.  The gist of the suit is that the DNR mis-interpreted the provision in the Great Lakes Compact allowing water diversions. The compoact requires that water diversions be made for public water supply purposes. Racine had argued that since the city primarily uses residential water that the diversion was appilcable.

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