Discussions, news, and events about the environment in Wisconsin.

When Great Lakes Water Is 'Public' And When It Isn't

Community members and advocacy groups opposing the bid by Foxconn and the city of Racine for Lake Michigan water are zeroing on a specific issue: The request amounts to a water utility sourcing the Great Lakes almost entirely for the use of one private company.

Public water utilities serve industrial customers all the time — Racine currently has about 40 — yet Wisconsin is confronting the inherent tension of fueling a private for-...

Sen. Vinehout ~ What Can We Do to Protect Our Water?

What can we do to protect our water?” This is a question I am often asked. Many Wisconsin residents are concerned about protecting our precious natural resources, and much of the concern is focused on water quality.

This week we celebrate Earth Day. Forty-eight years ago, Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson first gathered with 20 million Americans in support of environmental issues. Celebrating the earth means being mindful stewards of...

NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, 734.887.7119, [email protected]



NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill


(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Attorney General Bill...

NWF Statement on Temporary Shutdown of Line 5 Amid Lake Swells Topping 12 Feet

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, [email protected], 734-757-0408 (cell)


Earlier today, Senator Gary Peters released a statement revealing that Enbridge is suspending operation of its Line 5 oil pipeline amid swells in the Straits of Mackinac topping 12 feet. Senator Peters’ statement is reprinted here in whole as reference:


NWF Statement on Anchor Strike Causing Mackinac Straits Spill, Governor Snyder Calling for Line 5 to be Decommissioned

Contact: Beth Wallace, National Wildlife Federation, [email protected], 734.887.7125


(ANN ARBOR, MI) -- In a statement released today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced that the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a vessel anchor strike caused the recent spill of insulating mineral oil from transmission lines crossing the Straits of Mackinac, and that the same anchor may have caused...

Groups to Congress: Maintain Great Lakes Funding

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition


CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, (734) 904-1589, [email protected]


Groups  to Congress: Maintain Great Lakes Funding

185 organizations urge U.S. House, Senate to continue support for programs that protect drinking water...

Why Wetlands Are Integral In Landscapes Even When Isolated In Law

Wetlands make up part of the landscape in every Wisconsin county. Of the roughly 5.3 million wetland acres in the state, about 4 million are managed at the national level, which means anybody seeking to develop that land would need federal permits. That leaves about 20 percent of Wisconsin's wetlands, which are governed by state policy.

A bill (...

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...

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