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Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation

Kathleen Vinehout

Last Friday afternoon we learned of the 79 bills up for a vote on Tuesday. I spoke with my neighbor shortly after seeing the long list.

“How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.

Legislation moving quickly through the process makes changes to...

Walker Makes Clean Drinking Water an Afterthought

State of State Address Again Ignores Reality

MADISON –Despite thousands of Wisconsinites living with undrinkable water and the water of hundreds of thousands of others threatened, Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State Address barely mentioned that or any conservation issue. His avoidance of these issues spoke volumes about his administration’s prioritization of his special interest cronies over the health of Wisconsin families....

How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

“Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the ‘Shadow Legislature.’”

These groups are often from outside Wisconsin and often funded by large donors. Behind the scenes, they push for policy, added at the last minute, which is unrelated to the state budget but changed laws.

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Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Look and See Poster

We are sponsoring our first Wis.Community community film showing. We hope to do more of these in the coming months - films that enlighten and entertain, and that will not show in local theaters otherwise.

LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

Wendell Erdman Berry (born...

Conservationists Endorse Patty Schachtner for SD10

MADISON – Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters proudly endorses Patty Schachtner for Wisconsin’s Senate District 10.

The upcoming special election on Jan. 16 in SD10 provides voters one of the first major opportunities to send a message to the anti-conservation elements in Madison and Washington D.C. by electing Patty Schachtner.

Patty Schachtner is a conservationist through and through. She is a hunter, an...

Frac Sand Sentinel Issue #171 - 12/25/2017

Subject: HOW DID BIG OIL LOSE CONTROL OF CLIMATE MISINFORMATION MACHINE?

YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS ARTICLE.......AND BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING

ON BEHIND THE SCENES WITH INFLUENCERS WHO HAVE OPINIONS BUT NOT

SCIENCE.

......keeping

watch on the

industry

Issue: # 171

Date: DECEMBER 25,

2017

IN THE END, WILL OPINION WEIGH OUT OVER

SCIENCE? THE POWER AND WILL OF THE

PEOPLE MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

...

Stepp to Oversee Environmental Protection for Midwest

Trump’s EPA Appoints Former DNR Secretary Who Left the Agency in Tatters

MADISON – In a damaging blow to Wisconsin’s – and its neighbors’ – environmental and public health, former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is now in charge of environmental protection for the entire Midwest.

As regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5, Stepp will oversee all of the upper Midwest...

Dunn County Clean Water Forum

Jeff Smith Moderates

Clean Water Forum, November 27

7PM in Dunn County Judicial Center 615 Stokke Pkwy, Menomonie

This forum was informative as well as discouraging. 
Panelists are listed below, and all gave impassioned defenses of water in Wisconsin. We continue to believe that clean water is a finite resource in the state (or at least our legislature believes this) as we continue to...

What "Impaired" Means in Wisconsin's Waters

All around Wisconsin, people are feeding a stinky, green and oftentimes toxic life form. Algal blooms are a regular occurrence on Wisconsin's lakes during the summer, and the microorganisms that comprise them need phosphorus to thrive. It's among the essential building blocks of life, but too much phosphorus can throw an ecosystem out of balance.

Excess levels of phosphorus makes its way...

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