WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Despite raises, UW system profs. still earning less than counterparts
GREEN BAY - A new report shows professors in the UW System are earning less than they could elsewhere, despite three years of raises.
The Gannett Wisconsin Media reports full-time professors at UW-Madison earned an average salary of just over $106,000, but the median salary at 11 similar schools averaged over $134,000. While there is a difference in pay and the legislature continues work to close that gap, some professors say they are willing to accept lower salaries because of jobsatisfaction. However, a UW-System spokesman says the lower salary gap forces professors to leave for other universities and loses out on future applicants.
Pollution has forced state officials to add a chain of Dane County lakes to a list of “impaired waters”. The four Yahara lakes - Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa - landed on the list because of nutrient pollution from nearby farms. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say the pollutants caused excessive algae and weed growth in and around the lakes. DNR says waterways added to the impaired list do not meet water quality standards and may not support fishing, swimming or other recreations. There are over 700 rivers, lakes and streams on the list.