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

Frac sand supplier Covia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

covia logo
July 1, 2020

Frac sand supplier Covia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In Wisconsin, Covia has facilities in Columbia, Dunn, Monroe, Pierce and Waupaca counties, including the only frac sand mine in Dunn. Covia has entered into a cost-reduction agreement with its secured creditors, and intends to reduce costs by $1 billion. Covia owns 32 mines, and is a result of the merger of Unimin and Fairmont Santrol.

Climate Change Lobby presentation to Health Dunn Right Environment Committee

Health Dunn Right Environmental Team presentation from Climate Change Lobby

June 17, 2020

Representatives from Climate Change Lobby did a presentation on climate change to the Health Dunn Right Environmental Action Team (HEAT). This is a recording of the meeting.

Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorses its first wave of candidates

Conservation Voters Logo
June 16, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Voters is proud to announce its first wave of endorsements for candidates running for office in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

“Our endorsed candidates share our values: clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy,” said Executive Director Kerry Schumann. “We’re proud to endorse this most recent slate of candidates who will fight for a brighter, cleaner, more equitable Wisconsin.”

DNR Revises High Capacity Well Review Process In Response To Action by Attorney General Kaul

Lake Beulah
June 2, 2020

The Wisconsin DNR today announced that they will change their rules for considering the effects of high-capacity wells. The administrative rules on high-capacity wells have been a sore point for years in Wisconsin. The focal point of this has been the high-cap well that is near Lake Beulah in Walworth County. This well was the subject of litigation that was drawn out over many years. 

Using wetlands to solve problems

Health Dunn Right virtual presentation from Wisconsin Wetlands Association

May 21, 2020

This presentation by Kyle Magyera of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association discusses Using Wetlands to Solve Problems. It was part of the normal meeting of the Health Dunn Right Environmental (HEAT) team.

Results are Tabulated for the 2020 Spring Conservation Congress Hearings

Wisconsin Conservation Congress Logo
May 17, 2020

The results for the first ever fully on-line Spring Conservation Congress hearings are out. Many of the questions involved major changes to the deer season. But Wisconsin deer hunting traditions run deep and many of the proposed changes to deer season were rejected.

PFAS Found In Sediment and Surface Water At Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern

May 7, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received results from surface water and sediment sampling performed in November 2019 to determine if per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are present in areas that are targeted for potential cleanup-related dredging across the US EPA-designated Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC).

Environmental Film Series - The Story of Plastic

Still from The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic Trailer

April 24, 2020

Thanks to everyone who viewed the film or participated in the panel discussion. 

Earth Day 2020

Nelson Earth Day
April 22, 2020

It's Earth Day 2020 - the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. As you know, one way we are celebrating Earth Day here is to sponsor an online showing of an environmental film, The Story of Plastic.  We'd like you all to remember the deep ties between Wisconsin and Earth Day, and the pivotal role Gaylord Nelson had in starting the Earth Day movement. 

Governor Evers Declares Wildfire Emergency

Governor Tony Evers
April 21, 2020

This morning Governor Evers declared a state of emergency due to wildfires in the state. 

“Our first priority is protecting the people of Wisconsin and this executive order helps us control existing wildfires and use all available state assets to prevent new ones from starting,” Gov. Evers said. “With the Wisconsin National Guard, we'll have the resources we need to appropriately assist in potential wildfire response and recovery efforts.”