MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal agency that keeps tabs on water levels and water quality in Wisconsin is among those closed with the government shutdown.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science Center in Middleton is responsible for equipment that monitors water flow and levels in rivers and streams throughout the state.
Acting Director John Walker said the equipment will keep collecting data and a staff person is on call in case of flooding or another emergency.
But Walker said late Monday that other work, such as the collection of samples to test for water quality, is being halted during the shutdown.
He says the center works with universities and municipalities and stopping its data collection could affect about 100 studies on water.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest workers are heading home due to the federal government shutdown.
Spokeswoman Megan Healy said Tuesday the forest's offices are shutting down and employees are waiting for specific instructions on procedures, such as getting campers out of campgrounds, chaining gates, closing boat rentals and closing down food stands. She says firefighters and law enforcement officers are exempt from the shutdown and will stay on the job.
A click on a link to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's official website Tuesday pulled up a message saying all national parks have been closed. Department of the Interior officials referred questions to a spokeswoman. An email to her bounced back saying she was out of the office due to the shutdown.