Environment

Minnesota Boundary Waters

Proposal to ban mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters sets off battle in Congress

BY: - May 25, 2022

 A U.S. House panel broke along party lines Tuesday as its members debated mining near the most popular wilderness area in the country, following President Joe Biden’s decision earlier this year to block federal approval of a new mine. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee said they supported Minnesota U.S. […]

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]

DNR update to logging rules raises alarms for activists

BY: - May 13, 2022

An update to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules that guide logging on public lands has raised concerns among activists that the department will allow more trees to be cut down and harm the state’s northern forests.  The DNR’s Forestry Best Management Practices Advisory Committee is working to update the department’s best management practices […]

COMMENTARY
Pig farm

It’s hard to ignore some facts about the largest hog Confined Animal Feed Operation in Wisconsin

BY: - May 12, 2022

After the so-called Roth II hog factory in the town of Marietta, Crawford County, was granted a Wisconsin Pollution Elimination Discharge Permit by the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Jahnke, a  longtime opponent of such giant operations told me, “To me, it says a CAFO of any type and size can be sited anywhere in […]

Wildfire risks remain high, with more than 70 fires over weekend

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is heightening concerns around the risk of wildfires across much of the state with warmer weather arriving this week. The department is warning residents to remain vigilant of fires and avoid burning. Over 40 counties are at “very high” fire danger, with another 12 counties having a “high fire […]

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Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

Milwaukee People's Climate March. Photo by: Isiah Holmes

Study sounds alarm over decline of world’s reptile species

BY: - May 6, 2022

A study conducted by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Conservation International has revealed that a fifth of all the world’s reptile species are at risk of extinction. Published in the journal Nature, the analysis found that 21% of all reptile species globally are threatened with extinction. Wisconsin has 37 species […]

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Wisconsinites support pollinators by taking part in No Mow May

BY: - May 4, 2022

Wisconsin’s transition from cold winter weather to the wetter conditions of spring offers many things for residents. Migratory birds return as habitats and ecosystems across the state prepare for warmer days. Pollinators return as well, either coming out of over-winter dormancy or returning from their own migrations. Once May rolls around, some Wisconsin communities make […]

wolf hunt

Six Wisconsin tribes write letter opposing bill to delist wolves

BY: - May 2, 2022

Six Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin wrote a letter this week to Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson opposing a bipartisan bill co-authored by Baldwin (a Democrat) and Johnson (a Republican) that would remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes region and Wyoming.  Delisting of the gray wolf […]

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EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices.  In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will […]

Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on Dec. 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Haaland is the first Native American nominated to serve on the presidential cabinet. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

BY: - April 28, 2022

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department’s tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The administration’s budget request for fiscal 2023 would significantly increase spending for the Interior Department. Its agencies oversee onshore oil […]

Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation

DNR taking public comment for Portage County CAFO permit

BY: - April 28, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on a proposal to modify a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit for Gordondale Farms. Located in Portage County about a mile from the Village of Nelsonville, the farm’s permit runs until July 31, 2025. The DNR is re-examining the permit following a Supreme […]