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Runoff Risk Forecast Now Available for Phones, Tablets
March 18, 2014

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Contact:     Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130,
                 Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020,


MADISON – Just in time for the spring thaw, Wisconsin's Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast is now available in a format that is friendlier for mobile devices.

The mobile device page is available at It reads the user's current latitude and longitude from the phone or tablet and provides the latest runoff advisory for that area.  Users can enter other locations by hand using longitude and latitude. They can bookmark the site in their phone or tablet browser, but they must activate location services (GPS) for the internet service they use on those devices so it can find their location and download the pertinent information.

Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin developed the new mobile application.

The forecast is still available on laptop and desktop computers as well, at

Wisconsin’s online runoff risk advisory system is part of the Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System that provides maps showing short-term runoff risk for daily application planning, and also maps for long-term application planning. The runoff risk forecast is updated three times a day by the National Weather Service and takes into account soil moisture, weather and factors such as land cover and slope. 

The system was developed by DATCP, the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Service, and University of Wisconsin.