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Board authorizes Wisconsin DNR to begin drafting water standards for pollutants-
The department has proposed: creating groundwater standards for 16 substances that are currently unregulated, including E. coli bacteria; revising standards for five substances already regulated; and creating limits on PFAS in groundwater and surface water.
Wisconsin lawmakers approve firefighting foam restrictions-
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it into law or veto it.
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Wisconsin lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam-
Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored proposal Tuesday. The GOP controls both houses, making passage all but certain. The bill would go next to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it into law or veto it.
High winds, flooding cause major damage at Port Milwaukee in Wisconsin-
The wild weather Saturday forced the port to prohibit public access to Jones Island and caused flooding on all major roadways at the port. Winds gusted up to 50 mph, and waves reached 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) high.
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Wisconsin lawmaker task force urges $10M for clean water initiatives-
The range of initiatives includes creating a new water policy office; bumping up state funding for county conservation workers; increasing grants for rebuilding or replacing wells contaminated with manure and fertilizer; and grants for farmers who grow crops that require less fertilizer.
River Restoration: $390 million project offers new future for beleaguered Kinnickinnic-
Miles of concrete are being removed from the Kinnickinnic riverbed in the hopes of encouraging more beautiful parks, less flooding and less pollution.
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Wisconsin DNR board OKs drafting new manure rules for sensitive areas-
The board gave the department the go-ahead on a 5-1 vote, despite concerns from the agricultural industry that the restrictions could cost farmers millions of dollars annually.
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Green Bay ‘Resilience Coordinator’ Would Help City Mitigate Flooding, Fight Climate Change-
Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mayor Eric Genrich has proposed a new position in his 2020 budget to help the city deal with the effects of climate change.
Powerful storms hit Great Lakes coastline communities, knocking down power lines-
Utilities are trying to restore power as winds buffet the region and waves pound the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coasts. The storms also are causing widespread lakeside erosion, putting properties at risk.