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May 6, 2019

Dane County tries out $750K farm-runoff program

Dane County plans to spend $750,000 this year to test out paying farmers to plant cover crops in an attempt to curb runoff from heavy rains and snowmelt.

Oct 24, 2016

Dunn County group aims to slow watershed’s fertilizer runoff

A coalition of farmers, conservation groups and others in Dunn County is working to improve the water quality in a watershed encompassing 1,900 square miles in Wisconsin.

Nov 18, 2014

Fox Cities investing in urban runoff management (UPDATE)

The proliferation of stormwater ponds over the years has cost taxpayers and developers millions of dollars in the Fox Cities, but officials say they are working as intended.

Nov 10, 2014

DNR creates new software to track runoff potential

The state Department of Natural Resources has developed new software for identifying terrain susceptible to agricultural runoff.

Oct 20, 2014

Sand mining company to pay $80K for runoff

An Illinois-based sand mining company has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine in response to allegations that it failed to prevent untreated rainwater from running off a mine site in western Wisconsin.

Sep 24, 2014

EPA releases 5-year plan to improve Great Lakes (UPDATE)

The Obama administration has announced an updated five-year plan for restoring the Great Lakes, calling for accelerated efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.

Mar 12, 2014

Milwaukee, Racine nab Lake Michigan water quality grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Milwaukee a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to improve Lake Michigan water quality.

Sep 13, 2013

Watershed protection goal of pact

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola signed a five-year agreement Friday to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.

Jul 23, 2013

Bills target water runoff efforts

The state in the past 10 years has spent only about a fifth of the estimated $500 million needed to control water runoff from farm fields, construction sites and other areas.

May 16, 2013

Uniform erosion standards not uniformly welcomed

Dane County is in danger of losing authority that for almost 11 years has let it tailor its erosion-control standards to protect resources such as lakes Mendota and Monona and trout streams.

Jun 20, 2012

Builder Toll Brothers fined $741,000 for pollution

The Department of Justice says national homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc. has agreed to a fine and changes in managing stormwater runoff at home sites.

Apr 22, 2012

EPA accepting Great Lakes grant applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will award $20 million in grants this year for projects to help the Great Lakes.


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