Walker announces almost $14 million in municipality grants to remove lead service lines


Gov. Walker this week announced that 35 municipalities have now completed financial assistance agreements with the state that will allow those communities to assist homeowners, schools, and day cares in providing safe drinking water by replacing old lead service lines. > Urban Milwaukee

Invasive Asian carp found close to Lake Michigan


Despite electric barriers in Illinois waterways to contain the invasive fish, a commercial fishermen caught an Asian carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan Thursday. Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Tammy Baldwin are among lawmakers calling for the release of a delayed Army Corps study that outlines options for preventing the spread of Asian carp. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Grothman doubts Great Lakes funding will be zeroed out


Trump wants to shut down the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which currently receives federal funding worth $300 million a year. But U.S. Rep. Glen Grothman said: “I think a lot of it is going to be restored. I’d be shocked if most of it wasn’t restored.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Huff Post: Wisconsin shows us what a future with hobbled EPA could look like


With it looking like rural Kewaunee County’s enormous cow population is polluting private wells, residents are eager to solve a problem that’s been with them for years. The fact that they’re still waiting may warn about what’s to come if an already underfunded EPA gets hit with budget cuts from a hostile president. > HuffPost

Fixing Milwaukee’s lead problem could cost billions and take decades



Milwaukee has 70,000 residential lead service lines, 40 percent of the entire state’s. And though the city treats the water with an anti-corrosive material, lead can still leech into the drinking water. A recent report estimates it may cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually and take up to 50 years to replace all 70,000 lines. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin 11th worst state for drinking water safety


In case you missed it, the NRDC released a report last month on states with the most drinking water violations. Assessing risk from 2015 EPA data on over 100 contaminants, including toxic chemicals, bacteria and metals such as lead, Texas was the state with the most offenses, based on population, while Wisconsin ranked eleventh worst. > Milwaukee Public Radio

Walker signs bill easing high-capacity well regulations


Gov. Walker signed a bill Thursday relaxing regulations on high-capacity wells used by vegetable growers, dairies, and other large businesses. State Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) says the action “privatizes” water, and environmental critics say the wells can lower levels of bodies of water around the state. > Wisconsin Public Radio