Environment | WisCommunity


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

The watchdogs: After Wisconsin landowners discover plans to spread pig manure without permission, critics call for stronger oversight

Tim Schmitz
January 1, 2024

This is the final story in a three-part series called Hogtied, which examines the political, regulatory and economic forces shaping a proposal to build the state’s largest pig farm.

Wisconsin conservation leaders see mixed progress on environmental issues in 2023

December 27, 2023

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner
December 21, 2023

Two of Wisconsin’s leaders on conservation issues say they believe the state took some big steps forward in 2023 when it comes to ensuring clean air and water for the state’s residents. But, with a divided government, they say, some of those steps were counteracted by obstruction, delay and outright hostility. 

Governor Evers announces $402 million to improve drinking water

Governor Tony Evers
October 23, 2023

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), today announced more than $402 million has been allocated for financial assistance through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to 106 municipalities to improve drinking water quality for Wisconsinites.

Advocates from PFAS-affected communities say GOP bill gives polluters a pass

October 17, 2023

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner
October 17, 2023

Clean water advocates in some of Wisconsin’s communities hit hardest by PFAS contamination say Republican-authored legislation to aid in the cleanup of the harmful “forever chemicals” contains too many poison pills to support. 

Help Slow The Spread Of CWD This Season: Avoid Baiting And Feeding Deer

Baiting and feeding encourage deer to congregate unnaturally around a specific location, creating an environment where infected deer can quickly spread CWD. / Photo Credit: Linda Freshwaters Arndt
September 19, 2023

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters and the public to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) by following all baiting and feeding bans and refraining from baiting and feeding in areas where no bans are in effect. 

DNR Seeking Public Comment On Proposed Wolf Management Rule

August 17, 2023

Public Hearing On Sept. 12


MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on proposed permanent wolf rules relating to gray wolf harvest regulations (WM-03-21). The public comment period is open through Sept. 15, 2023.

UW-Stout’s largest solar panel array to date installed, boosting campus sustainability

August 7, 2023

UW-Stout’s largest solar photovoltaic array to date has been installed at Jarvis Hall Technology Wing, part of a multibuilding solar and energy efficiency upgrades project.

Pallet fire 99% contained

fire image
July 11, 2023

COLOMA, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire crews and local agencies are on the scene of the now roughly 830-acre Pallet Fire in Waushara County, southeast of Coloma. The fire is 99% contained.

Three primary structures and 17 secondary structures have been lost. The cause of the wildfire is debris burning.