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Report | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches

Polluted urban and suburban runoff is a major threat to water quality at the nation’s coastal beaches. Runoff from storms and irrigation carries pollution from parking lots, yards, and streets directly to waterways. In some parts of the country, stormwater routinely causes overflows from sewage systems.

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News Release | Wisconsin Environment

Hundreds turn out in Chicago to support U.S. EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Rule for power plants

Madison, WI—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public input for their recently proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Rule for power plants at a hearing held today in Chicago. Hundreds of people turned out to show support for this critically important public health protection.

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Report | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

Wisconsin's Lakes at Risk: The Growing Threat of Pollution from Agriculture and Development

Executive Summary

Runoff pollution from farms and urban areas threatens water quality in waterbodies across Wisconsin. Bacteria at beaches, toxic algae in lakes, and sediment in streams can make the water unsafe for drinking, swimming and boating, and limit aquatic plant and animal life.

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President Obama Highlights Renewable Energy as a Bright Spot in Wisconsin's Economy

MADISON: President Obama travels to Manitowoc on Wednesday to visit Orion Energy Systems as part of his Main Street tour. Ahead of the visit, Orion announced that they expect to increase their operating revenue by 54% in the third quarter compared to the same time period last year.

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Report | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

Global Warming and Extreme Weather: The Science, the Forecast, and the Impacts on America

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Extreme weather events lead to billions of dollars in economic damage and loss of life each year. Scientists project that global warming could affect the frequency, timing, location and severity of many types of extreme weather events in the decades to come. 

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