Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Sludge suds

Milwaukee MSD engineer's brew has people talking

Theera Ratarasarn shows off his home brew, Activated Sludge Wheat Ale beer — brewed using purified Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District wastewater plant effluent. MICHAEL SEARS

Journal Sentinel

Journal Sentinel

There are disturbing aspects to Theera Ratarasarn's home brew. The name: Activated Sludge. The label: That is a radiation symbol. The ingredients: It's brewed with purified Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District wastewater plant effluent. But it tastes great. To Ratarasarn, making beer with water that hasn't gone through the final cleaning process was a mission.

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Minnesota governor wants tougher water law

Star Tribune

Gov. Mark Dayton stunned but delighted Minnesota’s leading conservationists by announcing that he’ll push for a new law this legislative session that would require every lake and river in the state to be buffered by a wide strip of natural land, a significant step toward protecting both water and wildlife.

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Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at microbeads

Journal Sentinel

Tiny plastic beads in personal care products are showing up in the Great Lakes and other water bodies amid growing worries about the danger they pose. In Wisconsin, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are introducing separate bills that would ban their manufacture and use in the state.

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