Environment

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

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Is Biggest In Seven Years

Authorities are investigating the cause of the biggest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010. It has poured 330,000 gallons of crude into the waters off Louisiana since last Wednesday.

Weighing the Environmental Risks Of Electronics Fabrication In Wisconsin

When it comes to the environmental impact of manufacturing electronics, there is an essential distinction between fabrication and assembly. Creating the basic components that of a device is a process that fundamentally results in a variety of byproducts, some of which can pose threats to ecosystems, human health and essential resources. Putting those components together into a finished product requires energy and resources too, but this step leaves a much less significant environmental footprint.

The Rules For Great Lakes Water And Foxconn's Thirsty Operations

Wisconsin legislators have proposed carving out broad environmental exemptions for a proposed Foxconn factory. An incentives bill currently working its way through the legislature would streamline how the state applies the Great Lakes Compact if the facility decides to use water from Lake Michigan. Given the thirsty nature of LCD fabrication, southeastern Wisconsin is an attractive area for Foxconn to build a factory with access to water in mind.

Wiscontext - What Foxconn Means For The Great Lakes Compact

Foxconn Logo

At the turn of the century, a Canadian company named Nova Group sparked outrage across the Great Lakes region when it proposed to withdraw millions of gallons water from Lake Superior water and sell it in Asia.

Lead Pipe Replacement Costs Are An Ongoing Issue For Wisconsin's Local Governments

Around 176,000 lead pipes connecting municipal water systems to homes, businesses and other buildings are known to exist in Wisconsin.

The Life Of Land After Frac Sand

Since the late 2000s, growth in hydraulic fracturing has created a new demand for sand deposits around western Wisconsin.

Scott Walker Set to Sign Koch Anti-Regulations Bill in Wisconsin

A bill with the potential to hobble government agencies' ability to propose regulations, known as the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act, has passed in both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature and Republican Governor Scott Walker's office has told DeSmog he intends to sign it into law.

Climate Change Effects: Sea Level Rise Speeding Up

Sea level rise is real, and it’s getting worse. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that global sea level rise jumped by 50 percent from 1993 to 2014, the most recent year for which data are available. In 2014, sea levels rose 3.3 millimeters—more than an eighth of an inch—while in 1993…

Researchers say we have three years to act on climate change before it's too late

If we want a smooth transition into a sustainable future, we need to act fast. A comment article in the journal Nature says we have to act fast if we hope for a painless transition to a low-carbon society. Pexel If you want to lose 10 pounds by a certain date there are, broadly speaking, two…

Upcoming Events

Environmental News

Recent Activity

Filter 

Yesterday, October 22

  • Steve Hanson
    4:33pm

    Save the Date for the 7th Annual 

    Red Cedar Watershed Conference

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Memorial Student Center
    University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    Time: 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

    2018 Keynote Speakers

    LAND

    From the Red Cedar to the Gulf of Mexico - What is and Can be Done

    Rebecca Smith, Mississippi River Basin Project
    Director, The Nature Conservancy

    WATER

    Quality Matters: Groundwater in the Red Cedar River Basin

    Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist,
    Center for Watershed Science and Education,
    UW-Stevens Point

    PEOPLE

    We are all in this Together!

    Mary M. Kolar, District 1 Supervisor, 
    Dane County Board of Supervisors

    Steve Rasmussen, District 4 Supervisor and Chair
    Dunn County Board of Supervisors
    Do you farm? Do you live in town? Do you manage residential, commercial or public property? Do you enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, canoeing? Do you think the economic and environmental health of this beautiful region is important?


    Event Highlights:

    • Farm, city and waterfront success stories — profitable land management for clean water
    • Solutions to the serious problem that plagues our lakes and rivers — runoff pollution
    • A great networking opportunity for all citizens at an important event
    • Approved for CEUs: .6 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout or 6 CEUs for Wastewater...
    Read more