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Tracking Antibiotics in Wisconsin's Soil

WRI researcher Zhaohui “George” Li, professor and chair of the Geosciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, has been able to characterize the ways in which antibiotics are absorbed into the two most common types of clay minerals in Wisconsin soil, where they begin to interact with—and possibly mutate—soil microbes. 

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Using Nature as a Guide for Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Containment
WRI researcher Craig Benson studies the effectiveness of cover and barrier systems. "Nature is the big equalizer." Read more...


A Little From a Lot
Steven Loheide's research is looking at the ways urban and suburban lot design choices affect a water budget. Read more...


WRI and Partners Launch Water @ UW-Madison
A new website, Water @ UW-Madison, offers a flood of water research and resources. Read more...


Arsenic and Nitrates in Wisconsin Groundwater - Updated Fact Sheets
Wisconsin is water rich, yet the water can be affected by a naturally occurring element and also an element that is a byproduct of agriculture. Two WRI fact sheets have recently been updated. Learn more about the health risks and mitigation strategies related to arsenic and nitrate. Read more...


Study Shows Mercury Deposited Into Lakes Quickly Finds Its Way Into Fish
Researchers have found that “new” mercury added to a lake during a study got assimilated into the food chain faster than “old” mercury that already existed in the environment. Read more...


AWRA Annual Meeting Recap

A record 208 attendees, more than a third students, attended the 37th annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section (AWRA) in Brookfield on March 7 and 8. Attendees conducted science-based discussions on water resources, with a particular focus on urban water resources.

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WRI-funded Project Wins 2013 NIWR Regional Award
A conference that created evidence-based scientific solutions in the wake of a devastating flood impresses nationally.  Read more...


WRI's Research Program Manager Doubles as Science Thespian
As a member of Fusion Science Theater, Chris Babiarz uses his acting skills to make science interesting and accessible to kids and adults.   Read more...


Model Citizen
Backed by WRI funding, Charles Melching is creating computer-generated waterflow/water quality models that are helping the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determine the possible effects of creating a permanent separation between Lake Michigan and the Chicago Area Waterway System.    Read more...


Water Resources Institute Praised, Recertified
The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute was recently given both words of high praise and a five-year recertification by the United States Department of the Interior. Read more...


Celebrate Groundwater Awareness Week by Properly Filling and Sealing Unused Wells
The week of March 6 – 12th is Groundwater Awareness Week--a perfect time to talk about important things that landowners can do to protect groundwater on their property. Read more...


Dispelling Groundwater Myths
Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6 – 12th presents an opportunity to learn more about one of Wisconsin’s most valuable natural resources. Read more...


Conserving Wisconsin's Buried Treasure
Wisconsin relies heavily on its groundwater resources. Groundwater is the water source for 95 percent of Wisconsin communities and 100 percent of homes with wells. This means that nearly 75 percent of the state’s residents depend on groundwater to meet their daily water needs. Read more...


New Free, Downloadable Podcast Series Explores the Properties/Dangers of Mercury
This week’s blizzard that smacked Wisconsin with 60-mile-per-hour winds, swirling snow into drifts as tall as the average 10-year-old, was another reminder about the value of keeping indoor places warm during February. Warming technology such as space heaters, thermostats or regulators on natural-gas systems contains mercury. Those uses are a just a fraction of the products in which mercury shows up. Read more...


Spring is a Good Time to Test Well Water
Private well owners can learn more about their water supply through testing. Read more...


Funding Opportunity
The Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers  in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources recently issued an RFP for proposals of up to $200,000 in federal funds for applied investigations in specific areas related to water resources in the United States. Read more...


Stream Sediments Serve Important Role in Ecological Balance
Can bacteria in stream sediment convert environmentally hazardous nitrates into nitrogen? Researchers funded by the Water Resources Institute aim to find out. Read more...


New Online Tools for Coastal Climate Learning and Training Now Available
Wisconsin Sea Grant collaborated with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training program and NOAA's Climate Program Office  Read more...


Phil Moy is New Assistant Director for Outreach and Research
Director Anders Andren said, "We are extremely fortunate to have him join us in this position." Read more...


UW Water Resources Institute Wins 2011 Apex Award
Videographer John Karl's web video on a researcher studying well contaminants is an example of top-notch communication. Read more...


Marklein Ends Run at the Grants-Process Helm
Grants-master Dan Marklein is has made a difference through his work for WRI -- ensuring researchers get their grant checks. Read more...


Wisconsin Role in International Mercury Research on Display
Wisconsin researchers have a big role to play at the 10th annual International Conference on Mercury the week of July 25. It's just a continuation of a long tradition of work on toxics in the environment. Read more...


Sucker Migration Harbinger of Climate Change
How do fish know when to migrate? Climate change may be playing an increasingly important factor. Read more...


One Man's Finger Pincher is Another Man's Weed Remover
Read a perspective about invasive species that fill our inland waters and the Great Lakes. This is an essay from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant's aquatic invasive species outreach specialist. Read more...


Andren Calls it a Career
After three-plus decades of guiding UW WRI and its sister organization, Sea Grant, in new and exciting directions, Anders Andren announces his retirement and reflects on his sizable accomplishments. Read more...


Students: Submit an Essay and Win Cash Prizes
Contest open for essays on global sustainability. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Read more...


WRI Fuels Research on the Ecological Impacts of Biofuel Cultivation
Measuring leachate and nutrients in groundwater recharge across eight different model cropping systems could lead to a database that could guide future biofuel cropping efforts. Read more...


Consider the Tide Under Your Feet
University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute Director Anders Andren shares his thoughts about groundwater in a column commemorating Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11 - 17. Read more...


Jim Hurley Named as New Director of the Water Resources Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader named Jim Hurley to be the next director of the Water Resources Institute. He assumes the position on May 1. Read more...


Climate Change is Focus of New Water Resources Institute Projects

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute has announced funding of $55,400 for two projects over the next two years. Both involve strengthening the abilities of community planners to respond to climate change by providing them with new tools and information.

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Free Downloadable Publication on Wisconsin Flooding
Wisconsin suffered record flooding in 2008. In 2013, there are again ample amounts of rainfall. What have we learned from past flooding, what still needs addressing? Check out a free, downloadable publication. Read more...


Ancient Oaks Help Scientists Study Climate in Southwestern Wisconsin

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will analyze ring-width patterns within cores taken from old oak trees found in southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. The effort is for a two-year study funded by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute into signs of long-term variability in rainfall and climate conditions.

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Conference on Beach Health and on Lake Michigan in Two Weeks
The only major conference dedicated solely to Lake Michigan and to Great Lakes beaches happens in less than two weeks. Registration has been brisk but there are still some spots available. Read more...


How Much is Too Much?
WRI-funded researchers try to chart the levels of toxic Chromium-6 in Wisconsin water, and detail the factors that lead to its formation. Read more...


Water's Close-Up
Jake Wears was recently hired to help with video production for the Water Resources Institute and our sister organization, the Sea Grant Institute. Read more...


Thankful for Wisconsin's Water Assets
At this time of year, when we collectively take stock, here's some things to be thankful about regarding Wisconsin's water. Read more...


Researchers Find Strontium in Northeastern Wisconsin Wells
University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute researchers have discovered strontium in the drinking water of people living in Brown and Outagamie counties near Green Bay, Wis. Read more...


Manhunt: Bacterium
WRI researcher Shangping Xu tracks the molecular mechanism that allows antibiotic-resistant bacteria to travel rapidly through the subsurface system—and into wells and beaches. Read more...


Three New Studies to Take a Look at Angles Related to Wisconsin Water
The Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program is funding some new projects, including three through the Water Resources Institute. Read more...


Ice, Ice, Baby
Using WRI funding, Steve Loheide looks to chart the occurrence of a unique stream dynamic across Wisconsin. Read more...


South African Professor to Deliver Water Resources-Sponsored Talk
Prof. Maggy MNB Momba will be in Madison on Tuesday, Sept. 30. She'll deliver a public lecture about water and wastewater treatment, particularly through the lens of Africa's challenges.  Read more...


Wisconsin Water Resources Institute Rated “Outstanding” in the Country
On its 50 anniversary, the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is doing an outstanding job. That’s the rating recently given it by the U.S. Department of the Interior during a recertification process, which happens at least once every three years. Read more...


Name the ROV
Got a catchy name for our hardworking educational remotely operated vehicle? Send it our way. Read more...


Turning a Water Nuisance Into a Water Cleanser

With funding from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, assistant professors Matthew Ginder-Vogel and Christina Remucal are looking at the source of manganese in the aquifer rocks in Madison and how the manganese that ends up dissolved in the water reacts with other compounds, especially pollutants.

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Annual Well Checks and Groundwater Protection Highlighted During National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 8-14 is Groundwater Awareness Week. Groundwater is a hidden vital resource. An estimated 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater lies beneath Wisconsin’s surface. If all that liquid were above ground, it would submerge the entire state in 100 feet of water. Seven in 10 state residents and 97 percent of the state’s inland communities depend on groundwater for their water supply.

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New, Free Podcast Series Demystifies Wisconsin Aquifers and Watersheds

Water flows both above and below ground, traveling through watersheds on the land surface and infiltrating the soil to flow through underground aquifers. In fact, 25 percent of the world’s freshwater supply is contained in the lithosphere - the top 60 miles of earth beneath our feet. A new, free podcast series produced by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute demystifies two fundamental concepts of the physical geography of water – aquifers and watersheds.

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An EPIC Project in Every Sense of the Word
WRI researchers are helping the Verona, Wisc.-based health information systems company measure the effects of its extensive geothermal exchange system on surrounding groundwater.   Read more...


New Video Highlights Wisconsin Water Facts

Former Wisconsin Water Library Project Assistant Jenna Assmus unveils a new video that celebrates Wisconsin Water facts and Madison's Lake Mendota.

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Voter Elects to Become Debut WRI Fellow
Carolyn Voter will be charged with compiling the annual report the state Groundwater Coordinating Council submits to the Legislature.  Read more...


Tracking Toxics in Tunnel City
A pair of UW-Extension researchers begin the long process of detailing the mineral and chemical composition of two of Wisconsin's largest rock units. Read more...


WRI-Funded Scientists Secure NSF Grant to Explore Using Manganese to Clean Water
Building on a project funded by WRI, a pair of University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have secured a National Science Foundation grant and are exploring the use of manganese to remove endocrine disruptors from waterways.  Read more...


WRI-Funded Student Sarah Balgooyen Awarded NSF Fellowship
Meet Sarah Balgooyen, a second year Ph.D. student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Environmental Chemistry and Technology program. She has been awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study how filters composed of manganese oxide could prevent pollutants from entering natural waters. Read more...


Five New Studies Aim to Protect and Better Manage Wisconsin’s Water Wealth
It's the start of a new funding cycle for the Water Resources Institute. Learn what new projects related to contaminants, monitoring and decisionmaking about water-related topics are now off and running.  Read more...


On the (Hot)Spot
A UW-Oshkosh researcher is charting the spots on Wisconsin's Central Sands streams where ground and surface water interact, leading to denitrification. Read more...


Rising Water Temperatures Change Timing of Great Lakes Fish Migrations
Climate change is changing the way fish migrate. A WRI researcher looks into how that affects Great Lakes tributary streams.   Read more...


Mapping for Water Knowledge Webinar and National Challenge
Join WRI for a webinar on Jan. 26. The topic is a national challenge to build high-school students' technology skills and environmental stewardship. David Hart is mapping challenge webinar co-leader.  Read more...


Water Photography Display Makes Its Way to New Berlin
A photography display celebrating the wealth of Wisconsin water and sharing stories of the sustainable use of that water is in New Berlin for the month of February. Read more...


Wisconsin's New Water Fellowships
Two new fellowship opportunities are now available. Interested graduate students should apply by March 11. Read more...


Using Our Wells Well

WRI researchers evaluate the effects of municipal wells on Dane County’s groundwater

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Farewell, Mr. Potter--But Not Goodbye
One of WRI's longest and strongest researcher/collaborators officially retired recently. But don't think for a second that Ken Potter's unplugging from the discussion on conservation principles and water use.  Read more...


Solidifying Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholders don't always embrace or trust groundwater flow models. A team of WRI researchers is set on learning--and addressing--the reasons why.  Read more...


Survey About Great Lakes Priorities
Our sister organization, Wisconsin Sea Grant, is conducting a strategic planning exercise and would like your help.  Read more...


Unraveling the Radium Riddle

WRI-funded researchers dig deep to pinpoint the source of Wisconsin’s next big water-quality issue

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Three New Studies Aim to Protect and Better Manage Wisconsin’s Water Wealth
WRI is funding three new projects to protect and enhance Wisconsin water quality and quantity. Uranium, radium and nutrient loading are some of the topics to be addressed in this two-year research cycle.  Read more...


Switching from Lakes to Streams: Alex Latzka, New Water Resources Policy Fellow

Although he grew up in Massachusetts, Alex Latzka fell in love with Wisconsin’s lakes and streams when visiting relatives in his youth. That love led him to receive a Ph.D. in freshwater and marine sciences, and his current post as as Wisconsin’s first full-time postgraduate Water Resources Policy Fellow.

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Wisconsin Water Library Improves Online Experience
The Wisconsin Water Library is relaunched with a new look and improved navigation. What hasn't changed is the library's mission to share water resources with all state residents. Read more...


How Very Meta
A pair of UW-Milwaukee researchers will map the bacterial colonies of a series of well aquifers near Waukesha using cutting-edge metagenomics  Read more...


Art and Science and Water Talk on Madison Campus
Scientist Steve Carpenter and artist Sarah FitzSimons will offer a talk on Oct. 21 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.  Read more...


West Bend Hosts Water of Wisconsin Photography Display in October
The Water Resources Institute created and is now supporting sharing around Wisconsin a photography exhibit highlighting the value of water to the state's culture and industry.  Read more...


The Scope of the Problem

UW-Green Bay Researcher Charts Groundwater Issues in Understudied Parts of the State

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In Muskego? Visit the Traveling Water Exhibit
The public library in Muskego is hosting the traveling WRI exhibit about water for the month of November.  Read more...


Thanksgiving for Wisconsin’s Waters
Thanksgiving 2016 provides the perfect opportunity to consider gratitude for Wisconsin's extensive water riches Read more...


Learn About Wisconsin's Water Wealth at Sauk Prairie Library
The traveling photography display that tells the story of Wisconsin's water wealth makes a month-long stop at the Sauk Prairie Public Library for December. Read more...


New Project Attacks Urban Water Contamination Through Science and Policy

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher Sandra McLellan is heading one of five research proposals that received funding in a national annual competition by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Her three-year proposal, “Detection of Sewage Contamination in Urban Areas of the Great Lakes,” has just begun and is using a combination of science and policy to improve water quality in urban areas. Steve Corsi, a research hydrologist with the USGS, is co-investigator on the project.

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Groundwater Is the Focus of International Digital Award-Winning Communication Piece
A four-part audio podcast exploring groundwater recently won an international communication award.  Read more...


This is Your Soil on Acid
Could increased nitrates in soil be leading to an increase in uranium in groundwater? A pair of UW Stevens-Point researchers are digging into the question.  Read more...


Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

Volume 1, 2013
Read the latest issue of the Chronicle. You'll get some updates on our staff changes, learn about a waterfowl survey in Green Bay and get an offer to take a survey about the usefulness of the publication.


Vol 2, 2013
The latest issue of the Chronicle details WRI-funded research on the different water-quality scenarios if the artificial connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins was severed.  Read more...

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