EPA says it welcomes public’s ideas on continued Great Lakes cleanup

The U.S. EPA says it wants the public to help shape the next five years of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Over the last nine years, the GLRI has coordinated and distributed almost $3 billion for cleanup work around the lakes, including dozens of projects in Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Spencer Black: Degraded waterways part of Scott Walker’s legacy

More than 800 waterways have been added to the list of lakes and streams that exceed phosphorus and other pollutant limits since Scott Walker became governor. In addition to weakening regulations that control shoreline development and dredging, Walker has allowed the destruction of more wetlands, which absorb pollutants before they reach the lakes. > Cap Times

Baldwin fighting for ‘Buy America’ provision in Senate’s water infrastructure bill

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is turning up the heat on President Trump to back a provision that would require American steel and iron be used for water infrastructure projects, a move that could hold up passage of the bill because the provision was left out of the House’s version. > Washington Examiner

DNR grants hearing to environmental group challenging Foxconn use of Lake Michigan water


Environmentalists are a step closer in challenging the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant, with news that the DNR has granted a Midwest Environmental Advocates request for a hearing related to Racine’s request to divert up to 7 million gallons of water per day to Mount Pleasant, mostly for use by Foxconn. > Wisconsin State Journal

Baldwin keeps up fight to implement ‘Buy American’ provisions


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is looking to bring federal spending back to American companies. Baldwin is adding “Buy American” language to an upcoming water infrastructure bill, and says these provisions should actually be in more federal spending plans. > Wisconsin Radio Network

Groups file legal challenge to Foxconn’s Lake Michigan diversion plan

Great Lakes groups have filed a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s approval of a water diversion plan for the planned Foxconn factory. The DNR approved a proposal last month that would allow Racine to take 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan and pipe the water to the company. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin river turns orange after emergency release of sand mine sludge

State and local authorities in western Wisconsin are working to determine the environmental impact after about 10 million gallons of sludge was released from a settling pond to rescue a worker at a Trempealeau County frac sand mine. > La Crosse Tribune