GOP on poisoned well water: Meh! But the measure now goes to the Republican-dominated Legislature and leaders immediately shot down the Democratic governor’s overall plans and said they’d write their own budget. Republicans are objecting to higher taxes and spending and new programs they see as harming the state’s economy. Policies seen as heaping new costs on businesses, such as potentially higher electric bills, are in trouble.
A much-anticipated study of groundwater conditions in three southwestern Wisconsin counties shows widespread contamination in private wells — a finding that underscores the vulnerability of groundwater in some areas of rural Wisconsin. The results released Wednesday found that 42 percent of 301 wells tested in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties did not meet standards for bacteria or nitrates.
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, 1/7/2019
A company fighting for more than six years to build a mega-dairy near Wisconsin Rapids is in a new legal battle over nitrates that contaminated water supplies near another of its operations.
A civil case listing 81 plaintiffs, all of whom own property in Juneau County, accuses the company of knowingly contaminating groundwater and private well systems and endangering neighbors for at least a decade without warning them.
People in Kewaunee County have been waiting more than a year for results of a project meant to give them answers to the current state of the well water supply. “That's important information for both the health and safety of the citizens that live here so we were really looking forward to finally hearing that final report,” said Nancy Utesch, a Kewaunee County resident.