The mission of the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is understanding our state’s precious groundwater. That is done through annual research projects, as well as collaborating with others such as the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey that organized this well drilling as part of the statewide groundwater-level monitoring well network.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals that pose dangers to human health and have been detected in public water supplies. Since the 1940s, these chemicals have been used in many common items, including cookware, food packaging and firefighting foam.
Sea Grant is funding PFAS research, including the work of post-doc Sarah Balgooyen, who conducted extensive sampling from what is often viewed as ground zero for PFAS contamination in Wisconsin, waters near the site of a firefighting foam manufacturing facility in the Lake Michigan city of Marinette.
This year, as people followed public health guidelines and refrained from indoor gatherings, they poured into the outdoors. Boating was a popular activity, with marinas reporting a 400% increase in business. Sea Grant and its partners the Wisconsin Marine Association and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program continued efforts to educate marinas to adopt pollution-free practices with our Wisconsin Clean Marina program.
Kandis Elliot, Bob Hundt, Mari Mitchell, Sara Stathas, Bonnie Willison, Marie Zhuikov