Wis. communities seek money to pay for water tests
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cities and counties in Wisconsin are looking for ways to pay for water testing that could lead to beach closures after the federal government proposed cutting its funding for the program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been spending about $10 million per year on the program that requires local officials to post notices of increased health risks when water samples show a certain level of pollution. Local officials must close beaches when pollution becomes even greater. Donalea Dinsmore is the Great Lakes funding and quality assurance coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources. She tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wisconsin usually gets about $225,000 from the EPA for water testing as part of the program, but this year, it will get less than half of that.