Wisconsin Farmers Union members set 2018 policy priorities

From Wisconsin State Farmer, February 13, 2018. WISCONSIN DELLS – At the 87th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Feb. 2-4 in Wisconsin Dells, delegates from across the state adopted resolutions reflecting the farm organization’s views on key issues. “The policy discussion at the annual State Convention is the democratic process in its purest form,” […]

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Polluted Stormwater Damages Fish’s Ability to Survive

From OPB, February 13, 2018. Each time it rained during an eight-week period in the winter of 2015, someone from Jenifer McIntyre’s team drove up to Seattle and collected stormwater near the Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington. It was a rainy stretch, so that meant 25 trips. After each trip, McIntyre says, “we would […]

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DNR Challenging 2017 Circuit Court Ruling Revoking 8 High-Capacity Well Permits

From Wisconsin Public Radio, January 30, 2018. Decision Disagrees With AG Schimel Opinion Limiting DNR’s Regulatory Powers The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is appealing an October circuit court decision revoking eight high-capacity well permits. The permits were issued after a 2016 opinion from state Attorney General Brad Schimel prevented the DNR from considering the […]

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Controversial insecticides pervasive in Great Lakes tributaries

From Environmental Health News, January 26, 2018. U.S. scientists found neonicotinoid insecticides in about three-quarters of samples from 10 major Great Lakes tributaries. The study is the first to examine the insecticides—gaining notoriety in recent years as a prime suspect in bee die-offs— in the world’s largest freshwater system and suggests Great Lakes’ fish, birds […]

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Facing public pressure, companies are ditching plastic

From  Deutsche Welle, January 2018. After the EU unveiled a high-profile push to rid the continent of plastic waste, now companies like McDonald’s, Costa and Evian are announcing their own initiatives. Can this help solve the world’s plastic trash problem? Last week, the European Union unveiled a headline-grabbing plastic waste strategy with the goal of […]

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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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Bill Berry: Nitrate in groundwater calls for our attention

From the CAP Times, January 8, 2018. Sometimes, really important news just doesn’t get much attention. Consider the case of nitrate, primarily tied to agricultural fertilizers, and the 2017 report by the Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council. The council is comprised of state agencies with responsibilities for groundwater management, plus a governor’s appointee. The section of […]

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Looking for Markets? Click here for more information. Special Reuters Report: The High Cost of Building in High Flood Risk Areas

From the Insurance Journal, December 12, 2017. When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. Muddy floodwater submerged the furniture and ruined carpet inside the construction worker’s longtime home. He has been living in temporary […]

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Wisconsin Finds 240 More Impaired Waterways

From the Door County Pulse, November 22, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a list of 240 waterways that it will add to the state’s impaired waters list. The additions will bring the total number of impaired waterways recognized by the state to approximately 1,500. One of Door County’s waterways, Stony Creek, […]

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Marathon County Considering Local Mining Ordinance To Protect Scenic Area

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 20, 2017. At least one Wisconsin county is considering putting its own mining regulations in place as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year moratorium on the mining of sulfide ores, which include gold and silver. Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly […]

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