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Clean Wisconsin: Files lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA’s failure to reduce unhealthy smog

Air Pollution Attainment Areas

Contact: Katie Nekola, Clean Wisconsin, 608-251-7020 ext. 14 (office) or [email protected]

MADISON, WI —Today, Clean Wisconsin sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. to challenge a Trump Administration decision that fails to reduce unhealthy ozone smog in Wisconsin and other parts of the country.

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DNR Revisions for Manure Spreading Take Effect July 1

MADISON - New rule revisions designed to reduce manure groundwater contamination, specifically in the northeast section of the state, take effect July 1.

The changes, under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to Silurian bedrock, which are areas where the soil depth to bedrock is shallow and the bedrock may be fractured.

"The main purpose of this targeted performance...

Gravity Of Precedent Fuels Challenge To Foxconn's Lake Michigan Bid

map of diversion

Wisconsin's decision to let Foxconn draw water from Lake Michigan may set a precedent for water use that resonates across the Great Lakes region and beyond. But an emerging challenge to it is really a battle over how to interpret the Great Lakes Compact, the 10-years-young eight-state agreement that governs access to one of the world's most voluminous supplies of freshwater.

Madison-based law firm...

Hi-Crush incident update - metals release into river

Hi Crush Spillage

The recent rescue incident at the Hi-Crush facility in Whitehall released 10 million gallons of (primarily) water, silt, clay, and sand from a retaiing pond at the site. The release flowed through a local creek and into the Trempealeau river, depositing silt and mud on local farmers fields in the process. Hi-Crush has been removing the silt from the farms and other properties in the path, a...

The Confounding Geography Of Lyme Disease In The U.S.

The Upper Midwest and the northeastern regions of the United States are increasingly a carpet of Lyme disease cases each summer and autumn. But the southeastern part of the country — a vast expanse of hot and humid territory and certainly hospitable to the ticks that carry Lyme-causing bacteria — gets off relatively easy. At times, the question of whether Lyme disease even exists in the South has...

Legal Challenge filed to Foxconn water diversion

Great Lakes Map

On 5/25 Midwest Environmental Advocates filed a suit to challenge the recent DNR approval of diverting water from Lake Michigan to suppy the upcomfing Foxconn project.  The gist of the suit is that the DNR mis-interpreted the provision in the Great Lakes Compact allowing water diversions. The compoact requires that water diversions be made for public water supply purposes. Racine had argued that since the city primarily uses residential water that the diversion was appilcable. MEA (and a lot...

Hi-Crush spill slowly pouring into the Mississippi

Spill in Trempeauleau River

I happened to be in Perrot State Park yesterday, and as we were driving up to the park I immediately notieced the plume of yellow silty water flowing into the MIssissippi from the Trempealeau River. The yellow flow of water is slowly starting to disappear into the Mississipi as it becomes diluted, but there is still a fairly heavy flow of silt coming in.

The main photo with the article is water flowing through the Trempealeau River near the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge. The other photos...

Still little information from Hi-Crush incident yesterday

Field Spillage

The spill from the pond at Hi-Crush yesterday is currently moving down the Trempealeau River toward the MIssissippi and is reportedly still visible. 

I spoke with Andrew Savagian at the DNR office in Madison this afternoon about the spill. The processing water from the pond was apparently very thick, which explains the need to drain the pond at Hi-Crush (since the driver of the bulldozer could not be found underwater) and perhaps why the spill is not disappearing as it flows down the...

Unknown Environmental Damage from Hi-Crush incident today

Hi Crush Spill

An incident at the Hi-Crush Frac Sand Facility in Whitehall today was widely covered in state news. A bulldozer and its operator fell into a pond at the site, and needed to be rescued by rescue teams from multiple organizations and companies. The buldozer...

Menomonie Sustainability Forum

A panel of local leaders discuss the advances they have made in sustainability, and those they intend to implement in the future. A  Q&A session followed. The panel includes Randy Eide (Menomonie Public Works Dept.), Ron Verdon (Tainter-Menomin Lake Assoc.), Eric Turner (Dunn Co. Development), Amanda Haffele (Solid Waste & Recycling), Dan Prestebak (Dunn Co. Conservation), Jody Hagman (Men. Chamber of Commerce), and Laura Donovan (UW Stout Sustainability).

Note - the lighting...

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    Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.
    The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.
    The event is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.
    Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.