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Environmental Health

The main goal of the Environmental Health program is to protect the population from environmental health risks. These programs are primarily based on health protection legislation intended to reduce environmental health risks including potential disease from contaminated food or water and health effects from poor indoor and outdoor air quality.
 
In addition to regulatory approaches, the programs rely on health promotion and education, advocacy and partnerships, with both government and non-government organizations as well as community groups.
 
Additional Information:
 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Environmental Health


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Environmental Protection

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Lead
Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. 
 
Additional Information:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Lead-Safe Wisconsin
 
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Lead

Center for Disease Control and Protection – Lead


Mold
 
Molds grow abundantly in outdoor plant and soil materials. Molds produce spores that are normally found in both indoor and outdoor dust. Mold growth is familiar to most people when it is seen as a fuzzy patch or stain spreading across food or damp surfaces. It is known that many molds produce chemicals that can be toxic if eaten. Little if any of these chemicals are commonly found in indoor air and are not suspected to be a health hazard to the general public.
 
Mold exposure from breathing indoor or outdoor air can be irritating and can aggravate allergies and asthma. Health effects of mold can be a concern where exposures are very high, such as in sawmills, grain elevators, and agricultural settings. Where there are people with severely weakened immune systems, such as in hospital transplant units, mold infection can be a serious concern and exposures should be aggressively controlled. A physician should be seen whenever health effects are experienced.
 
It is not practical to expect a building to be completely free of mold, nor is it necessary. However, mold growth on indoor surfaces is a sign of moisture presence, the cause of which should be identified and corrected. Indoor mold growth should be removed regardless of mold type, using appropriate cleaning methods for small spots and careful attention to dust control, seeking professional assistance for larger amounts.
 
Additional Information:
 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Mold
 
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Mold
 
Center for Disease Control and Protection - Mold

 
Radon
 
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive and can cause lung cancer. Radon can leak into your home and is common in Wisconsin. While you can't see or smell it, you can protect yourself from it.  Radon test kits are available for $10 at Marinette County Public Health.  Please call 715-732-7670 to request a test kit. 
 

 
Additional Information:
 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Radon

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Radon

 Center for Disease Control and Protection – Radon

 
Well Water
Make sure you’re serving your family safe drinking water. While most private water wells in Wisconsin provide safe drinking water, some may become contaminated with bacteria and other pollutants that are not filtered out when the water soaks into the ground. DNR recommends you test your private well at least once a year for coliform bacteria contamination and any time you notice a change in how the water looks, tastes or smells. Even if your water looks, tastes and smells good, it can contain harmful bacteria and viruses.
 
Additional Information:
 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Water Quality
 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Private Wells

Wisconsin Well Owner Resources

 
Food and Recreational Businesses
 
The Wisconsin Department Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses is responsible for managing programs that enforce applicable state administrative codes for the inspection and licensure of restaurants, retail food establishments, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, public swimming pools including water park attractions, and campgrounds in Wisconsin.
 
Additional Information:
 
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection –  Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses