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a.MKE: MPM going solar, MTS looses contract, WI Great Lakes Basin grants and Parvo on the rise in SE WI 7.30.13

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Contractors yesterday began a project to install solar panels to replace the crumbling marble exterior on the Milwaukee Public Museum's eight-story tower facing West Wells Street. When complete in about five months, it will be the only full solar wall in the city of Milwaukee. The 234 panels will generate enough electricity per year to power 442 60-watt light bulbs eight hours a day.

Milwaukee Transport Services, the non-profit company that has run the Milwaukee County Transit System since 1975 is being replaced after bidding for that contract was opened up to the public this year. MV Transportation, a for-profit corporation based in Texas, will take over management and operations of the county busses and paratransit contract. Milwaukee County will still decide on the system's routes and fares.

More than $1.1 million in funding for restoration projects to the Great Lakes Basin in WI was announced yesterday. Sustain Our Great Lakes, a partnership between the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service and other national corporations, have been awarding these grants to sustain, restore and protect fish, wildlife and habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The largest grant in for WI projects, $400K was awarded to MMSD for the Menomonee River fish barrier removal.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is urging pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated against parvovirus or parvo. The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission has reported 16 cases in less than 24 hours. Parvo, which is difficult to treat, can pass from dog to dog and can live in the environment like out on the sidewalks. If your dog has symptoms such as vomiting, stomach problems and exhaustion, call your vet.