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

Solid Waste and Recycling changes coming to Dunn County

Dunn County Solid Waste Meeting

Solid Waste Special Meeting for Dunn County, WI

November 15, 2019
Changes are coming to solid waste collection and recycling in Dunn County. Recently the hours at the Downsville Transfer Station were changed and reduced, but more drastic changes are coming to Dunn County. This article will explain some of the needs for change, and what some of the upcoming changes will be. The detailed calendar changes are attached, along with some supporting documents. The video provides a much deeper detail into what is happening and why.

Reengineering Infrastructure For A Wetter Wisconsin

November 14, 2019

Flooding throughout the Midwest, including Wisconsin, is dangerous, costly and becoming a more frequent occurrence. Over the last few years, bridges and roads have washed away during flash floods in the northern part of the state, and in places like Madison, floodwaters took weeks to recede after heavy rainstorms in 2018. But how can engineers tackle the problem in order to prevent this kind of infrastructure damage in the future?

Lafayette County Board tables SWIG ordinance

Criticizing the reporting of the SWIGG study

November 12, 2019

In a sometimes-contentious meeting tonight, the full Lafayette County Board let the proposed ordinance to control the release of information on the SWIGG study die for the time being.

Lafayette County committee passes amended rule on SWIGG study information release

November 12, 2019

Update - I just spoke to board member Kriss Marion. The meeting has ended, and the Land Conservation committee passed the rule with several amendments.

Asking Menomonie and Dunn County to commit to Clean Energy

Dr. Jim Boulter

Kate Beaton on a commitment to Renewable Energy in Menomonie

October 30, 2019

Wisconsin Conservation Voters and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley held an action event on Oct. 28 at Zymurgy Brewery. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a strategy to convince the City of Menomonie to commit to a plan for 100% clean energy by 2050. Additionally, there is a hope to have a resolution from Dunn County. 

How To Smell A CAFO

Smell Sensors
October 29, 2019

Russ Hanson is determined to live a better retirement than his in-laws did. For him that means steering clear of the odors that can accompany large livestock farms.

Wisconsin Ag groups testify at Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality Hearing

Wisconsin Ag Groups Testify at Menomonie Water Hearing

September 22, 2019

The state legislature held a water quality hearing in Menomonie on September 4. This is part of our continuing coverage of video from the hearing. This video is the opening remarks at the hearing, along with testimony from Cindy Leitner and Kim Bremmer of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance, followed by testimony by John Holevoet, the Director of Government Affairs at the Dairy Business Association. 

Speaker's Water Quality Hearing - Dunn County Officials

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie Dunn County Officials

September 11, 2019

Members of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality met in Menomonie on September 4, 2019. 70 individuals attended the hearing along with the 13 Assembly members on the task force and local legislators Sentar Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, Senator Jeff Smith, D- Eau Claire, Rep. Jodi Emerson, D-Eau CLaire, and Rep Warren Petryk, R-Eleva. 

Citizen Testimony - Speaker's Water Hearing 9/4/2019

Speaker's Water Hearing Menomonie WI 9/4/2019 Citizen Testimony

September 7, 2019

The state legislature has been holding meetings across the state on issues of water quality. On Sept. 4 the committee held a meeting in Menomonie. We have video of the entire session, but have only edited this section so far, which is the public testimony. Earlier in the day there were multiple testimonies from invited guests including local government agencies and agricultural groups. Those videos will be available later in the week. 

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