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

Still little information from Hi-Crush incident yesterday

Field Spillage
May 22, 2018

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

Unknown Environmental Damage from Hi-Crush incident today

Hi Crush Spill

Contaminated stream from holding pond breach at Hi-Crush Whitehall frac sand mining facility 5-21-2018

May 21, 2018

An incident at the Hi-Crush Frac Sand Facility in Whitehall today was widely covered in state news.

Menomonie Sustainability Forum

Environmental Sustainability Forum

May 6, 2018

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).

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson
April 29, 2018

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

Why One Scientist Has Divergent Views On Wisconsin's Great Lakes Diversions

Foxconn Diversion Map
April 27, 2018

If it is possible to be a fan of Waukesha's plan to tap Lake Michigan for drinking water, John Skalbeck is among their ranks. A professor of geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Skalbeck specializes in hydrogeology, a field of study chiefly concerned with groundwater.

When Great Lakes Water Is 'Public' And When It Isn't

April 22, 2018

Community members and advocacy groups opposing the bid by Foxconn and the city of Racine for Lake Michigan water are zeroing on a specific issue: The request amounts to a water utility sourcing the Great Lakes almost entirely for the use of one private company.

The urgency of curbing pollution from ships, explained

ship
April 14, 2018
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A cargo ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge outside San Francisco. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Why Wetlands Are Integral In Landscapes Even When Isolated In Law

February 22, 2018

Wetlands make up part of the landscape in every Wisconsin county. Of the roughly 5.3 million wetland acres in the state, about 4 million are managed at the national level, which means anybody seeking to develop that land would need federal permits. That leaves about 20 percent of Wisconsin's wetlands, which are governed by state policy.

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

February 17, 2018
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Texas farmer Taylor Wilcox received USDA funding to flood his fallow rice fields, creating habitat for black-necked stilts and other birds.

Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Look and See Poster

Nick Offerman On The Film "Look & See"

January 8, 2018

We are sponsoring our first Wis.Community community film showing. We hope to do more of these in the coming months - films that enlighten and entertain, and that will not show in local theaters otherwise.

LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

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