The Confluence

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Wisconsin’s relationship with its water is long, and not always pretty. Read about the clause of the state constitution that keeps Wisconsin water free for use. Then, remember the 1993 contamination of Milwaukee’s water supply that sickened thousands.  And, learn more about the ground Madison is built on and how that effects the city’s water quality.


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Today, Wisconsin’s lakes are accessible for recreation and research. While agriculture depends on water, farm runoff poses a danger to the water’s health. While some types of blue-green algae may endanger the health of humans and pets.

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Milwaukee is looking to build a future on it’s big water resources, transforming into a world water hub and investing in technology. Meanwhile, scientists look toward climate change as a threat to Madison’s lakes.

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