On the edge of Germantown where urban transitions to rural, Jim Stout raises steers, pigs, turkeys and chickens. His feedlot ends just 40 feet from the west branch of the Menomonee River, and rain events sometimes bring feed and excrement down to the water. Paul Sebo, Washington County Conservationist, has been trying to solve this runoff issue for nearly two …
Bass Lake, a small drainage lake in Marinette County, has a long history of water quality problems. It once supported a two-tier fishery (a hotspot for local fishermen), but the DNR stopped stocking trout in 1975 when oxygen levels dropped too low to support them. Shortly after, the lake was added to the state’s impaired waters list. Bass Lake …
In May 2014, a dairy farm in Fond du Lac had a manure spill while draining a lagoon. The DNR was notified promptly, but 50,000 gallons managed to pour out. Nearly a quarter of that waste made it into neighboring Pipe Creek, which drains into Lake Winnebago.
Winnebago Waterways celebrated the beginning of the third phase of lake management planning at a kickoff meeting in Oshkosh on Thursday. Entering phase three means the group is ready to start writing their plan, which they hope to complete by late 2018.
Water quality issues have been at the forefront of news across the nation in recent years, especially in states like Wisconsin, which are prized for their plentiful lakes and rivers. Americans are now more concerned about water pollution than they have been since 2001.
Dale Dahlke, a retired biology teacher in Dunn County, owns a large plot of land on the south fork of Wilson Creek. His knowledge of biology is obvious as he talks about the aquatic ecosystem on his property, and he’s well aware of the water quality issues it faces.
Many Wisconsinites who live near lakes spend as much time in the water as they can, but residents of Green Bay know the bay isn’t for swimming.
Brittle and cracking under the cool autumn sky, the asphalt roadway in Delavan Lake’s Assembly Park subdivision was in need of serious repair or replacement. Residents knew the road was constantly being patched up on the surface, but they had other concerns, too – mainly, water quality and stormwater runoff.