Category Archives: Groundwater

Elevated PFAS Levels Found in Dane County (WI) Regional Airport Stormwater Runoff

MADISON,  WI–May 8, 2020 Dane County (Wisconsin) has announced new test results that show that water draining from the Dane County Regional Airport (Madison) contains harmful PFAS compounds at thousands of times the concentrations considered safe by other states. Samples … Continue reading

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PFAS Compounds Found in Rainfall in Eastern United States

In the news this week are two items about PFAS, the ubiquitous, and forever compounds, of which there are an estimated 4730. Encouraging News First, in Wisconsin, the Madison Fire Department announced that it has ceased using fluorinated foam fire … Continue reading

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Recent News About Water

Here are a few recent news items about drinking water, the midwestern floods of Spring 2019, and a legislative proposal (in Wisconsin) to promote hydrological restoration. The Water Access Gap Across the United States From the group Digdeep.org comes a … Continue reading

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Across the Nation, PFAS Are In America’s Drinking Water Supplies

And here at home in Dane County A new report from the Environmental Working Group shows that a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals or “PFAS” have been detected at more than 1300 sites, in 49 states, putting more than 100 million … Continue reading

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Madison’s Well #14 Reaches Critical Chloride Contamination Level

Remedial Actions Triggered Some Residents of Lake Wingra Watershed Affected Madison, WI December 1–The Madison Water Utility announced yesterday that “Sodium levels in Well 14 are around 45 mg/L, higher than the recommended limit for people on salt-restricted diets. Chloride, … Continue reading

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Gorham Springs (aka Duck Pond Springs) on Nakoma Road: a review of “invasive species impacts”

Nakoma Road and  Monroe Street are two of the busiest thoroughfares in Madison.  But just a few feet away from where these two traffic arteries intersect, is one of the few remaining natural springs in the Lake Wingra Watershed. Just … Continue reading

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Road Salt Use in Madison and Chloride Concentrations in its Lakes

The City of Madison, Wisconsin began spreading road salt on its streets in 1959. In the next 15 years ( by 1974), the chloride concentration in Lake Wingra tripled, and by 2014 had increased nearly seven fold from 18mg/L in … Continue reading

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Dancing Sands Spring Still Dancing, at least for now

Recent reports of the demise of Dancing Sands Spring are an exaggeration and premature. Although the flow rates for the popular natural spring near the Lake Wingra shoreline have declined from a high of 55 gallons per minute (gpm) in 2007 … Continue reading

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Demolition at 3414 Monroe Street

The Madison Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on April 20, 2015 to consider revised plans for demolition and commercial/residential construction at 3414 Monroe Street at the corner of Glenway Street. The four story mixed-used proposal calls for street … Continue reading

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Proposal for Apartments and Retail at 3414 Monroe St. Rejected by Landmarks Commission–Again

The Madison Landmarks Commission rejected, for the second time, a proposal to build new apartments and retail at 3414 Monroe Street, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal.  The commission ruled Monday night (03.02.15) that the proposed 4-story, 41,000 … Continue reading

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