Unraveling the Radium Riddle
By Aaron Conklin
Over the last several years, the city of Waukesha, Wis., has become the poster child for requests to divert water from Lake Michigan under the Great Lakes Compact, in part because it’s also the poster child for something else: Communities built on sandstone-based groundwater aquifers with higher-than-normal concentrations of radium, a radioactive contaminant that can increase the incidence of bone cancer.
Aquatic Invaders Backpack
The Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS), the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Each pack includes preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the Great Lakes, rugged plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to complement the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
Wisconsin residents can borrow an Attack Pack for free from Wisconsin Water Library. The Pack will be delivered to your local library via the Library Delivery Network of Wisconsin.
The Attack Packs were created by the UW Sea Grant Institute as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
These sites have many links to water-related information.
Wisconsin Water Library brings you AquaLog - a place the library will share information and news about water science.
This guide was developed for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of water research. Water is a cross-disciplinary topic so many types of resources are provided in the fields and departments of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food Science, Education, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and more.
This Water Research Guide was developed with the help of Jennifer Champoux, Amy De Simone and Peter Rudrud.