Sewage surge, deer disease, Great Lakes fluctuations, fundraising scrutiny, criminal justice split, refugee resettlement
Of note: This week we highlight a story by Danielle Kaeding of Wisconsin Public Radio in collaboration with Wisconsin Watch. She reports on how intensifying rain due to climate change makes it more difficult for communities to keep untreated sewage and stormwater out of the Great Lakes and other waters. Wisconsin in 2018 saw its most overflow events since 2010, including 1.2 billion gallons of Milwaukee-area wastewater that flowed into or near Lake Michigan. But the state’s largest city is not alone in grappling with the challenge.
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Wisconsin Watch — January 11, 2020
Wisconsin in 2018 saw its most sewage and stormwater overflow events since 2010, with increasing volumes of discharged waste, Department of Natural Resources data show. Experts say the problem plagues communities across the Great Lakes, a drinking water source for 48 million people in the United States and Canada.
WPR — January 8, 2020
Wisconsin has seen more than 400 cases of chronic wasting disease at deer farms and hunting ranches since the disease was first detected in the state almost two decades ago. More than a quarter were reported over the last year.
Previously from Wisconsin Watch: CWD spreads on deer and elk farms as Wisconsin’s control efforts stumble
Wisconsin State Journal — January 12, 2020
A handful of Wisconsin charitable groups representing firefighters and law enforcement members pocket the vast majority of the money they raise.
Wisconsin State Journal — January 15, 2020
Republican lawmakers this week introduced a package of bills that would provide increased criminal penalties and likely expand both the adult and juvenile prison population. Less than a week before, Gov. Tony Evers and fellow Democratic lawmakers unveiled a package of criminal justice legislation taking a seemingly opposite approach.
WisContext — January 8, 2020
Following two years of steep drops, the number of international refugees who resettled in Wisconsin leveled off in 2019. In all, resettlement agencies helped 480 refugees find new homes and reunite with loved ones in the state over the course of 2019.
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