Heavy rains wreaking havoc on Wisconsin waterways

The DNR says to check your local water conditions before boating or paddling, swimming or any water activity. (National Park Service)MADISON, Wis. — June storms packing heavy downpours have pushed lake and river levels into flood levels, tossed debris into waterways and accelerated currents statewide, prompting Wisconsin DNR officials to remind all water users to think safety by checking local…

New York governor kicks off effort to combat algal blooms in upstate waters

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week kicked off the first in a series of four summits addressing upstate lakes and other waterways threatened by harmful algal blooms, which can affect water quality and diminish recreational opportunities and tourism. “Harmful algal blooms are poison,” the Democrat said at an event in New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany. “These…

DNR assessment: State’s lakes and rivers remain healthy

MADISON, Wis. — The majority of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers recently assessed by the state DNR received a good bill of health, continuing a trend of improved surface water quality across the state, according to a DNR news release Wednesday, Nov. 15. At the same time the DNR is working to identify new waterways to target for pollution reduction plans….