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Mega-dairy’s growth plans hotly debated

A four-day hearing on challenges to the expansion of a Kewaunee County mega-dairy illustrated deep divisions, ranging from neighbors who shared fears of polluted wells and illness to fertilizer and feed dealers who showed up to express their support of big farms.

Podcast and gallery: Karst + waste + drinking water = trouble

Two bonus features supplementing last week’s major package on estrogenic wells in Wisconsin’s karst region.

Expert: Managing manure keeps emerging pollutants out of water

“A well-managed place is not going to get manure into the groundwater,” said Laurence Shore, a physiologist in Israel who studies the fate of hormones in the environment. With a video tour of an anaerobic digester at the two-dairy, 8,000-cow Holsum Dairies in Calumet County.

Hormonal wells found in state’s karst region; dairy farms possible source

In one of the most intensively farmed parts of America’s Dairyland, where 29 percent of the county’s private wells test unsafe due to bacteria or nitrates, residents have a new concern: estrogenic well water.

Overview: Endocrine disruptors in the environment

Scientists have learned that some chemicals may mimic or disrupt the hormones of people and wildlife, with potentially health-damaging results. They can be natural, like the estrogens produced by plants or cows, or synthetic, like birth control pills. They are known to be widespread in the nation’s waters, and to a lesser extent have turned up in groundwater. Sidebar to story on estrogenic wells in northeastern Wisconsin’s karst region.

Refresher: What’s the endocrine system?

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Hormonal wells found in state’s karst region; dairy farms possible source
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Stories and multimedia at the Center’s endocrine disruptors project page.

The endocrine system is one of the body’s main systems for communicating, controlling and coordinating the body’s work. It works with the nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, gut, liver, pancreas and fat [...]

Drugs found in Lake Michigan, miles from sewage outfalls

Prescription drugs are contaminating Lake Michigan two miles from Milwaukee’s sewage outfalls, suggesting that the lake is not diluting the compounds as most researchers expected, according to new research. Republished from Environmental Health News.

20 years after fatal outbreak, Milwaukee leads on water testing

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Read more stories in the Center’s investigation of endocrine disruptors in the environment.
Study: Chemical blend lowers fish testosterone Researchers exposed minnows to a blend of linuron, an herbicide used to control grasses and weeds, and DEHP, a plasticizer used to make medical products.
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