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La Crosse County provides half-million in funding to help solve PFAS problem in Campbell



The search for new water sources for French Island residents will be helped by funding from La Crosse County.

The county board approved last week $500,000 from this year’s budget to assist the Town of Campbell in drilling new wells, and researching alternate sources of drinking water.

The discovery of PFAS chemicals in Campbell wells led to the continuing use of bottled water by island residents, since the spring of 2021.

The chemicals were traced to firefighting foam used at the La Crosse Airport for decades.

Campbell already drilled a test well down to 500 feet — deeper than the underground level where they had been getting water.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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