Environment

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Thursday, May 24 2018

Menomonie Sustainability Forum

Environmental 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).

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson

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

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

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.

Why Wetlands Are Integral In Landscapes Even When Isolated In Law

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

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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"

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.

Frac Sand Sentinel Issue #171 - 12/25/2017

Subject: HOW DID BIG OIL LOSE CONTROL OF CLIMATE MISINFORMATION MACHINE?

YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS ARTICLE.......AND BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING

ON BEHIND THE SCENES WITH INFLUENCERS WHO HAVE OPINIONS BUT NOT

SCIENCE.

......keeping

watch on the

industry

Issue: # 171

Date: DECEMBER 25,

2017

IN THE END, WILL OPINION WEIGH OUT OVER

SCIENCE? THE POWER AND WILL OF THE

PEOPLE MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

Dunn County Clean Water Forum

Jeff Smith Moderates

Dun County Clean Water Forum

Clean Water Forum, November 27

7PM in Dunn County Judicial Center 615 Stokke Pkwy, Menomonie

This forum was informative as well as discouraging. Panelists are listed below, and all gave impassioned defenses of water in Wisconsin. We continue to believe that clean water is a finite resource in the state (or at least our legislature believes this) as we continue to retrench on the Wisconsin policy of preserving water and our environment. 

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