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


Thursday, May 24 2018

NWF Statement on Temporary Shutdown of Line 5 Amid Lake Swells Topping 12 Feet

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, [email protected], 734-757-0408 (cell)


Earlier today, Senator Gary Peters released a statement revealing that Enbridge is suspending operation of its Line 5 oil pipeline amid swells in the Straits of Mackinac topping 12 feet. Senator Peters’ statement is reprinted here in whole as reference:


Groups to Congress: Maintain Great Lakes Funding

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition


CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, (734) 904-1589, [email protected]


Groups  to Congress: Maintain Great Lakes Funding

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.

Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation

Kathleen Vinehout

Last Friday afternoon we learned of the 79 bills up for a vote on Tuesday. I spoke with my neighbor shortly after seeing the long list.

“How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.

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.

How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

“Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the ‘Shadow Legislature.’”

These groups are often from outside Wisconsin and often funded by large donors. Behind the scenes, they push for policy, added at the last minute, which is unrelated to the state budget but changed laws.

Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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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.