Updated: August 28, 2009
It is estimated that $206 million dollars will be spent on water infrastructure projects this year in Wisconsin. About half of the funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects include new water treatment plants, fire mains and storm water system updates.
August 25, 2009
Great Lakes Headlines
A upcoming vote in the Senate could help fund the restoration efforts of Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes.
August 21, 2009
Quetico: Into the Wild
A new book is out celebrating the beauty of the Quetico Provincial Park. Quetico: Into the Wild, is filled with photos and maps of the region. Gary and Joanie McGuffin spent three years exploring the trails and lakes of the park to help create the book.
August 20, 2009
How Do You Build A Rain Garden?
Learn more about rain gardens in this video. You can learn how to build one, and why they are important to our rivers, lakes and streams.
August 19, 2009
A New Mine in the U.P.?
A state judge in Michigan has ruled in favor of Kennecott Minerals in their quest for a new mine in the Upper Peninsula. The mine could damage lakes and rivers in Marquette County. The Salmon Trout River may be at greatest risk. The two permits for the mine now must gain final approval from the Director of the DEQ, Steve Chester.
August 18, 2009
Minnesota's Moose Population
Populations of moose are declining at a rapid rate in Northern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters. In the last 20 years the moose population in Northwestern Minnesota declined from roughly 4,000 to fewer than 100. Rising temperatures and deer populations are the suspected causes of the declining numbers. Researchers are looking for help in their study, you can report moose sightings to the website below.
August 17, 2009
Silver or Asian Carp
Invasive carp are now only five miles from a barrier meant to keep the fish from entering Lake Michigan. The Asian carp can reach 100 pounds, and operators of the electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal are worried. The voltage on the barrier has been doubled, and the finishing touches of a $30 million dollar section have been completed. Now it is a waiting game to see if the barrier will be a success.
August 13, 2009
Round Goby Invasion
New research out of Canada shows that the invasive round goby is infiltrating tributaries of the Great Lakes. It was thought that the goby would not survive in river environments. The round goby has been disrupting the food chain of the Great Lakes for over twenty years.
Read the study, here.
August 12, 2009
Great Lakes Restoration
Did you know? A new study from the Brookings Institution reports that the Great Lakes region will benefit tremendously from any funding geared toward restoring and preserving the lakes. The region should see $2 in economic benefit for every $1 spent on the efforts.
August 11, 2009
Arizona's Dwindlng Water Supply
Arizona has some of the most progressive water conservation laws in the country, but the state's groundwater is being depleted at a rapid rate. Water rights battles in some areas of the state have been in stuck in court hearings for over thirty years. What is the next step to protect and conserve the state's dwindling supply of water?
Find out in this report, from the Arizona Republic.