The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is proposing a state of emergency at the homeless encampment at Reindahl Park and a temporary campground for the homeless on the Southeast Side.
The DNR released a proposed list of 743 “impaired” waters that cannot support recreation or healthy plant and animal populations.
"It's criminalization of homelessness again," one advocate said. "This will cause pure chaos for the people who live there."
The growing encampment has increased tensions between the campers and their advocates and the city, which is struggling to produce a safe, healthy and humane solution.
Shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Madison’s City Council directed the issue to several committees and instructed staff not to disrupt the encampments.
“It’s an opportunity for us to finally do right by this community,” said Ald. Juliana Bennett, District 8.
Madison officials are taking a slow approach to break up a homeless encampment at Reindahl Park on the East Side.
Up to 20 people have been camping at 90.7-acre Reindahl Park clustered in a corner near the park shelter and East Washington Avenue, but some have been moved to hotels.
This week, bring your canoe (or just a garbage bag) for a Starkweather Creek cleanup, experience the one-woman balcony show “A Woman Is,” participate in a Social Media Breakfast featuring former White House photographer Pete Souza and more!
The 32-year-old man, who is currently using a wheelchair due to a broken leg, told authorities two men punched and kicked him while taking his money and prescription medicine Thursday night.
State and federal agencies have relaxed environmental regulations in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but a lack of transparency measures make it impossible to know the full impact of state and federal emergency policies.
Various fluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems, were found in water taken from 23 outfalls, which drain into Starkweather Creek, according to a report released Wednesday.
The suits come as the county and water utility are under increased scrutiny for their response to groundwater contamination from PFAS.
Test results released Wednesday raise questions about whether state and local officials have done enough to warn anglers about the potential dangers of eating fish from the popular fishing spot.
According to data released Thursday, samples of foam collected near the Olbrich Boat Launch had a concentration of one compound, PFOS, between 80,000 and 92,000 parts per trillion — well above the 12 ppt limit adopted in Michigan.
The DNR found that the sample of foam taken Oct. 25 from Starkweather Creek near Olbrich Boat Launch showed 460 to 610 parts per trillion of PFOA and 80,000 to 92,000 parts per trillion of PFOS.
The agency hired contractors to contain foam that was spotted Wednesday by a DNR worker near the docks at the Olbrich boat launch near Lake Monona. It's not known whether the foam was natural or the result of pollution.
The report, filed this week with the Department of Natural Resources, showed concentrations of one compound, PFOS, at more than 55 times the limit set by Michigan, one of the few states to adopt PFAS standards for surface waters.
Local health officials are working on signs advising the public of the presence of PFAS, including warnings against people or pets drinking the water and suggesting people wash their hands after touching the water.
Levels of two compounds -- PFOA and PFOS -- were measured at concentrations more than 30 times the safe level set by Michigan.
If Madison and Dane County tracked down the sources of pollution, then someone — maybe themselves — could face costly cleanups.
PFAS-tainted Well 15 would likely resume service in the summer, but there will be an end to monthly testing that started last month.
Local officials stand by as military says it can't afford to measure toxic compounds released into Madison's drinking water source.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard agreed to investigate PFAS pollution at the sites, but it doesn't have funds to do the work.