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Thursday, May 24 2018

Lafayette County Board tables SWIG ordinance

Criticizing the reporting of the SWIGG study

In a sometimes-contentious meeting tonight, the full Lafayette County Board let the proposed ordinance to control the release of information on the SWIGG study die for the time being.

Lafayette County committee passes amended rule on SWIGG study information release

Update - I just spoke to board member Kriss Marion. The meeting has ended, and the Land Conservation committee passed the rule with several amendments.

Asking Menomonie and Dunn County to commit to Clean Energy

Dr. Jim Boulter

Kate Beaton on a commitment to Renewable Energy in Menomonie

Wisconsin Conservation Voters and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley held an action event on Oct. 28 at Zymurgy Brewery. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a strategy to convince the City of Menomonie to commit to a plan for 100% clean energy by 2050. Additionally, there is a hope to have a resolution from Dunn County. 

How To Smell A CAFO

Smell Sensors

Russ Hanson is determined to live a better retirement than his in-laws did. For him that means steering clear of the odors that can accompany large livestock farms.

Wisconsin Ag groups testify at Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality Hearing

Wisconsin Ag Groups Testify at Menomonie Water Hearing

The state legislature held a water quality hearing in Menomonie on September 4. This is part of our continuing coverage of video from the hearing. This video is the opening remarks at the hearing, along with testimony from Cindy Leitner and Kim Bremmer of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance, followed by testimony by John Holevoet, the Director of Government Affairs at the Dairy Business Association. 

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. 

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