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Thursday, May 24 2018

Speaker's Water Quality Hearing - Dunn County Officials

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie Dunn County Officials

Members of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality met in Menomonie on September 4, 2019. 70 individuals attended the hearing along with the 13 Assembly members on the task force and local legislators Sentar Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, Senator Jeff Smith, D- Eau Claire, Rep. Jodi Emerson, D-Eau CLaire, and Rep Warren Petryk, R-Eleva. 

Citizen Testimony - Speaker's Water Hearing 9/4/2019

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie WI 9/4/2019 Citizen Testimony

The state legislature has been holding meetings across the state on issues of water quality. On Sept. 4 the committee held a meeting in Menomonie. We have video of the entire session, but have only edited this section so far, which is the public testimony. Earlier in the day there were multiple testimonies from invited guests including local government agencies and agricultural groups. Those videos will be available later in the week. 

Washed Away: Northwest Wisconsin Copes With The Costs Of A Changing Climate

On the morning of July 12, 2016, Joan Elias awoke to discover she was stranded in her home. Elias, who lives on 21 mostly-wooded acres in rural Iron County, was cut off from the outside world by an unexpected — and unprecedented — deluge.

Governor Evers signs Executive Order on Clean Energy

Today Governor Evers signed an executive order on Clean Energy. The order creates an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy in the Department of Administration. It also declares a goal of reaching 100% clean energy in the state by 2050, as well as bringing the state in line with the Paris Climate Accord, and requires clean energy workforce training in the state. 

Governor Evers speaks at 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

Tony Evers speech on Clean Water at Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference 2019

At yesterday's Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference Governor Evers spoke about different clean water initiatives in the state, and the need to improve and protect water quality. One irony of the day was that while we were all talking about clean water at the conference, we had to keep the kids at the camp event out of the water at the lovely beach at Kamp Kenwood because the lake was suffering from the same blue-green algae bloom being seen at multiple sites across the state.

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

One main focus of the 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference was clean water. The conference this year featured a demonstration of water runoff from different kinds of farming practices. The demonstration was done by Pheasants Forever and showed how modern farming practices can limit water runoff and loss of nutrients while ensuring more of the rainfall actually infiltrates the soil.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

KENOSHA — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order 36 to address the issue of lead exposure in drinking water. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Jeanne Ayers from Department of Health Services, Mark Melotik from Kenosha County Public Health Department, and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.

What Does CAFO Oversight Look Like In Wisconsin And Who Pays For It?

Wisconsin's agricultural bounty is possible thanks in part to the state's voluminous supply of freshwater. At the same time, the use of this resource to grow crops and nourish livestock poses risks to the quality of these waters. The effects of agricultural practices on the state's rivers, lakes, wetlands and groundwater can come by way of soil erosion, water overuse, chemicals and livestock manure.

I Don't Think We're In Wisconsin Anymore

By the time children born in the 2010s reach retirement age, many Wisconsin communities may feel something like late-20th-century Kansas City or Philadelphia, at least in terms of seasonal temperatures and precipitation.

Wisconsin Packs 2 Wildly Different Winters Into 1 Season

Wisconsin's meteorological winter begins every year on Dec. 1, but bonafide winter weather didn't arrive in the 2018-2019 season until mid-January. And it arrived with surprising force, as the atmosphere suddenly unleashed a sucker punch of pent up winter energy and some of the coldest and snowiest weather Wisconsinites have experienced in decades.

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