Wisconsin, under Scott Walker, no longer leads in conservation

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 2018. WALKER AND GOP LAWMAKERS HAVE USED ONE-PARTY CONTROL SINCE 2011 TO ENGINEER THE BIGGEST SHIFT IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SINCE THE CLEAN WATER ACT. When Foxconn Technology Group begins construction of an industrial plant large enough to cover the entire Village of Shorewood, it will be exempted from […]

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New Study Shows Diversified Crop Rotation System Could Be Adopted Widely Across Corn Belt And Increase Corn-Soy Yields While Slashing Soil Erosion and Water Pollution

From the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, May, 2017. Farmers Could See Soil Erosion Rates Reduced By Over 90 Percent WASHINGTON (May 9, 2017)—A new study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found that modified three- and four-crop farming systems could be scaled up and adopted widely in Corn Belt states, generating benefits to […]

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Three tips: local organic lawn man on growing truly green grass

From Fresh Water, May 23, 2017. Inspired by what he learned in high school biology class about the dangers of chemicals and fertilizers used to make lawns weed-free and green, Alec McClennan founded Good Nature Organic Lawn Care in 1999 after earning his engineering degree. With just a handful of customers and his Subaru hatchback, […]

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Sustainable Stevens Point – City Sustainability Plan Update

Stevens Point Common Council, March 20, 2017. Mary McComb on the Stevens Point Common Council provided an update on the city’s sustainability plan at their March meeting. This is a summary of progress made to date. You can find the video of Mary’s presentation on the city’s website at http://www.ci.stevens-point.wi.us/index.aspx?NID=451 The sustainability update is on the […]

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Here’s the beef on grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and dairy

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 17, 2017. The grass is finally growing again in vernal Wisconsin, but what has that to do with food? Plenty, if you like local, pasture-raised meat and dairy. Grass-fed, grass-finished and pasture-raised food has gone mainstream in retail stores, usually at a premium price. But what does grass-fed actually […]

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Pipeline leaks equivalent of 15 tanker trucks in Iowa

From the USA Today, January 18, 2017. DES MOINES — An investigation is ongoing on how a pipeline leaked 138,600 gallons of diesel fuel about 15 miles from the Iowa-Minnesota border, according to the company that owns the line. The 3,300 barrels of diesel — the equivalent of about 15½ tanker trucks — leaked Wednesday […]

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4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife

From the National Wildlife Federation, January 2, 2017. Each year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, mostly from a selection of about 16 species of tree that we commonly call a “Christmas Tree.” They are decorated with lights and ornaments, become backdrops for annual family photos, and serve as […]

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