Project Milwaukee: Emerging Threats To Wisconsin’s Water

Posted by Lauren Sigfusson & Audrey Nowakowski from WUWM 89.7 on May 7, 2019

WUWM is diving into the topic of clean water, or the lack thereof, in southeastern Wisconsin for our Project Milwaukee Series: Great Lakes, Troubled Waters.

Tuesday’s live Lake Effect examines some of the main threats to our waterways. Here’s an overview of those threats, in no particular order, along with links to some of our in-depth reporting for the Project Milwaukee series. Plus, you’ll find some examples of what’s being done to address them.

Not All Doom And Gloom

People are also conducting research and creating technologies to address water issues. Matt Howard is vice president of The Water Council and director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, North America. He says one area of his work has been focusing on large water-using companies.

“I think one of the new interesting emerging areas around water reuse and recycling is water that’s fit to purpose,” he says. “So, not every drop of water that comes out of the tap has to be drinkable. If you’re using it for cleaning, if you’re using it for landscaping, is recycling and reusing water that is basically fit for different levels of use.”

Listen to the live recording.