The slippery season is in full swing, and many roads, sidewalks and parking lots are getting a heavy dose of salt to speed ice melt. All that salt has to go somewhere, however, and much of it ends up in our rivers and lakes. University of Wisconsin Limnologist Hillary Dugan studies salt’s impact on the […]
Thirty five million people get their drinking water from one of the Great Lakes. For years, these glacial reservoirs have been a reliable, safe source of water. But in 2017, the City of Toledo, Ohio had to tell its residents not to drink or even boil water coming from the city taps. The culprit: an […]
For years, Wisconsin farmers and residents in rural subdivisions in places like Kewaunee County have pointed the finger of blame at each other when it comes to contaminated groundwater. Were coliform bacteria and nitrates in local wells coming from cows or septic systems? No one seemed to know for sure, and as a result, no […]
In Southwestern Wisconsin, about half of the residents in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties get their drinking water from private wells rather than municipal systems, but a recent study is calling the quality of that water into question. The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology (SWIGG) study was funded to research the quality of the drinking […]
Plastic is a remarkable substance. It can be formed into any shape, never degrades, is strong, pliable, lightweight and cheap to produce. The same qualities that make plastic so useful, however, also make it an ecological nightmare. Of the 7.1 billion tons of plastic ever produced by human beings, at least 5 billion tons of […]
Dee Hall of the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) joins Brian Standing to talk about the latest dirt on the dirt in the drinking water.