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Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

August 16, 2019

One main focus of the 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference was clean water. The conference this year featured a demonstration of water runoff from different kinds of farming practices. The demonstration was done by Pheasants Forever and showed how modern farming practices can limit water runoff and loss of nutrients while ensuring more of the rainfall actually infiltrates the soil.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

July 29, 2019

What Does CAFO Oversight Look Like In Wisconsin And Who Pays For It?

June 26, 2019

Wisconsin's agricultural bounty is possible thanks in part to the state's voluminous supply of freshwater. At the same time, the use of this resource to grow crops and nourish livestock poses risks to the quality of these waters. The effects of agricultural practices on the state's rivers, lakes, wetlands and groundwater can come by way of soil erosion, water overuse, chemicals and livestock manure.

I Don't Think We're In Wisconsin Anymore

March 23, 2019

By the time children born in the 2010s reach retirement age, many Wisconsin communities may feel something like late-20th-century Kansas City or Philadelphia, at least in terms of seasonal temperatures and precipitation.

Wisconsin Packs 2 Wildly Different Winters Into 1 Season

March 10, 2019

Wisconsin's meteorological winter begins every year on Dec. 1, but bonafide winter weather didn't arrive in the 2018-2019 season until mid-January. And it arrived with surprising force, as the atmosphere suddenly unleashed a sucker punch of pent up winter energy and some of the coldest and snowiest weather Wisconsinites have experienced in decades.

Panel on Septic Spreading and Health Hazards

Paul Sterk at Septic Spreading Panel

Septic Spreading on Fields - what are the health hazards

March 3, 2019

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley held a panel discussion on Feb. 28 on the health dangers of septage spreading on fields. The panel was moderated by Mark Leach, local ecologist. Panel members included Lindsay Olson, Dunn County Water Specialist, Paul Sterk, Waste Water Supervisor for Menomonie, Bob Colson, Planning and Zoning Manager for Dunn County, and Neil Koch, Retired Hydrologist. 

Putting the Conn back in Foxconn

Foxconn Logo
January 30, 2019

In a morning, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou suggested that plans for Foxconn manufacturing in Wisconsin may be scaled back again, and may in fact not include any manufacturing at all.

Why The Invasive Longhorned Tick Has Potential To Reach Wisconsin

longhorn tick
January 23, 2019

An invasive tick species is swiftly making its way across the United States, the first to do so in about 50 years, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report issued in September 2018.

WISCONSIN 2018 MIDTERM ELECTION CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

October 13, 2018

Hi-Crush will not be fined by DNR for May sludge release

Hi-Crush Spill photo
October 4, 2018

The Wisconsin DNR will not fine Hi-Crush Proppants for the May spill of mining sludge that polluted area property and flowed into the Trempealeau River. The DNR will not levy the fine because state law allows WPDES permits to be violated in the case of an emergency (and in this case the side of the pond was breached to save the life of an operator who had fallen into the pond).