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After 30 months of violating Wisconsin standards for sewage discharge into Lake Superior, the city of Washburn finally might have brought its sewage treatment plant back into compliance. It appears a complete shutdown, cleaning, inspection and restart of the plant in March might have been the solution to a problem that had vexed city and state officials for more than two years. The plant remained in violation through May, but a lab report issued last week showed the plant's wastewater finally below state limits for most pollutants. Phosphorus levels dropped from 4.5 milligrams per liter in
The city of Washburn has been violating Wisconsin sewage release regulations for more than two years but may be moving toward compliance after months of effort to tweak its sewage treatment plant. The 15-year-old plant suddenly stopped working in December 2009 and started sending up to 300,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay every day -- with contaminants far in excess of state regulations. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued a notice of non-compliance to the city after four months of violations and in June 2010 slapped a moratorium o
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today that it will purchase conservation easements on 67,346 acres of forest in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn counties from the Lyme St. Croix Forest Company. DNR officials said it is the largest such conservation deal in state history. The purchase -- to be known as the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest -- is located at the headwaters of the St. Croix and Bois-Brule rivers and contains 80 small lakes and ponds, 14 miles of streams and globally unique pine barrens habitat.
If you build it, or at least keep dogs and gulls away, they will come. That's the hope along a swath of Lake Superior shoreline in Douglas County this summer under a federally funded program to restore piping plovers, Wisconsin's rarest bird. The St. Louis River Alliance is organizing the effort under a five-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S.
ON THE BRULE RIVER -- Dark hung on for a while Saturday morning on opening day of fishing, with clouds hanging low and stubborn over the valley and the steelhead trout here apparently of the same mood. Up and down the river it was the same report. "No fish. I haven't seen one,'' said Bill Fleischman of Duluth. Fleischman sat down on shore to take a break from fishing, with his rod propped up against a tree and a cigar between two fingers. But as with nearly everyone else who had been skunked so far, Fleischman didn't seem to mind.
Iron Range officials this week expressed frustration with Magnetation Inc. over the company's threats to build an iron ore pelletizing plant in another state. But company officials say Minnesota's tough pollution rules are forcing them to look elsewhere. State Rep. Tom Rukavina and St.
Iron Range officials this week expressed frustration with Magnetation Inc. over the company's threats to build an iron ore pelletizing plant in another state. But company officials say it's Minnesota's tough pollution rules that are forcing them to look elsewhere. State Rep. Tom Rukavina and St.
As Duluthians stare out at last summer's grass still poking out of ground exposing a record dearth of snow, Peg Sutherland of Gile was out Friday driving her tractor-mounted snowblower. Sutherland was trying to keep up with the 34 inches of snow that had fallen between Wednesday night and Friday afternoon in the Wisconsin town about three miles southwest of Hurley. "And it's still snowing a little. It never really stopped,'' she said.
For the third time in five days and the fourth time this winter, Duluth set another warm temperature record on Monday. It hit 45 degrees at 1:23 p.m. at Duluth International Airport, breaking the old record of 42 set in 2002. Thursday, Friday and the day after Christmas also saw the warmest temperatures for those days since records have been kept in Duluth, starting in 1870.
The sawmills that buzzed away on the shore of the St. Louis River in Duluth are long since gone, but the legacy of debris they left on the bottom of what was called Cedar Yard Bay is still there. An estimated 41,000 tons of sawmill waste -- sawdust and slabs -- are still covering the bottom, amazingly intact even after a century under water and ice.