SW Wisconsin joins NE Wisconsin and the Central Sands where people are drinking dirty, dangerous water, according to this WisEye report:
On May 8, the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality met in Lancaster, Wisconsin and heard a presentation from Joel Stokdyk, U.S. Geological Survey Biologist, on the results of 301 private wells sampled in November 2018 in Iowa, Grant and LaFayette Counties...
Results showed 34 percent positive for total chloroform, 4 percent positive for E. coli and 16 percent had high nitrate contamination. Considering the results together revealed 42 percent of contaminated private wells across the three counties which generally exceeded the statewide averages.Unacceptable in 2019, but still a severe problem because for the last eight years, Big Ag and Big Dairy had the Governor's ear:
Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farmsAnd the WI GOP-controlled-legislature's continuing obeisance:
To GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, people living near or downstream from water-hogging ag operations or sources of manure overflows are now 'special interests' pawns now being fought by Fitzgerald's pollution party in court with taxpayer funds.
"Yet again, Attorney General Kaul is refusing to do his job and is siding with liberal special interest groups attempting to reverse existing state law," said a statement from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.
I'll bet - - I know - - that people in Kewaunee County and the Central Sands region where harm has been documented and done and wells are routinely rated contaminated see it differently.A meeting related to last week's presentation in Southwest Wisconsin will be held in Madison some time next week: More information, here:
The WI legislative nitrates working group meeting scheduled at the Capitol for 5/15 has been postponed, probably to a date next week. Stan tuned for details.
Here's the sort of issue with a photo near a Kewaunee County CAFO that could be on the agenda:
WI Central Sands the next Flint? Kewaunee County already soaks up that honor.