Environment

Collared Wolf

Former DNR warden under investigation for wolf killing posted online about baiting in his yard

BY: - February 29, 2024

A former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden who served on the agency’s committee to create a new wolf management plan for the state is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for killing a wolf in his yard in December. He has claimed self-defense, but he posted on Facebook in November […]

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PFAS foam on a lake in Oscoda, Michigan | Photo by Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Pro-polluter PFAS bill would leave taxpayers holding the bag

BY: - February 28, 2024

You may have read about the PFAS bill that recently passed the Wisconsin State Legislature and will likely be vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers. Some legislators have inaccurately said the bill would provide $125 million to communities to deal with PFAS contamination. The reality is that this bill contains no funding – no help for […]

Evers urges finance committee to release $125 million earmarked for PFAS

BY: - February 27, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday asked the Legislature’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee to release $125 million set aside for the remediation of PFAS contamination in the state budget last summer.  The funds have sat unused for months because the budget set aside the money but did not include a mechanism to spend it. PFAS are […]

Conservation group warns of effects of wake boats on Wisconsin lakes

BY: - February 27, 2024

In a forthcoming report, a conservation group warns that the use of wake boats on the state’s lakes can pose harmful risks to aquatic plants and animals, increase erosion and transfer invasive species.  The report, released by Wisconsin Green Fire, is a review of the literature studying the effect that wake boats have on bodies […]

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The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

New proposals threaten Wisconsin’s environmental and economic progress

BY: - February 22, 2024

I just returned from GreenBiz 24, the premier sustainable business event with over 2,500 participants, including business leaders representing hundreds of companies and organizations committed to achieving a clean economy through more sustainable development practices. Little did I know that while I was away, lawmakers in Madison are still playing games when it comes to […]

Senate Republicans fire four Evers appointees from natural resources, UW Health boards

BY: - February 21, 2024

Wisconsin Senate Republicans rejected four appointees of Gov. Tony Evers Tuesday, including one to the Natural Resources Board and three to the board that oversees the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority. One GOP senator said Natural Resources Board (NRB) appointee Todd Ambs was being fired because of a now-deleted tweet attacking Republicans and […]

GOP Senators circulate PFAS groundwater standards bill while making last push on cleanup measure

BY: - February 16, 2024

Republican Sens. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay) are making a final effort to get their bill aimed at cleaning up PFAS contamination across the state signed by Gov. Tony Evers. At the same time, the pair has begun circulating a bill that would allow the DNR to continue moving forward with […]

Environmental group alleges illegal logging in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

BY: - February 15, 2024

An environmental group alleged that a logging operation in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) has violated its contract by clear cutting sections of the forest and working while the ground is unfrozen. The group called on the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) supervisor for the forest to immediately halt the operation.  The timber sale is […]

Bad River Band and Enbridge offer oral arguments in Line 5 shutdown appeal

BY: - February 13, 2024

Representatives of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. gave their oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago on the case appealing the shutdown of Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline. The suit began in 2019, when the Bad River Band took […]

House insulation layers, styrofoam, polyurethane foam, wood, drywall around window | Photo by tataks Getty Images Plus

Milwaukee officials, climate advocates praise clean energy, efficiency investments

BY: - February 6, 2024

Current and former elected officials joined residents, workers union members and climate organizers in Milwaukee County on Friday to raise awareness about new pathways now open to homeowners to access clean and renewable energy. Mayor Cavalier Johnson joined County Executive David Crowley, former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Green Homeowners United (GHU) union worker Warren Kirby, […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin pension holders organize to push investment agency out of fossil fuels

BY: - February 5, 2024

A retired technical college teacher in Milwaukee, Anne Steinberg says she appreciates the pension she gets every month and the state agency that manages the pension fund assets. But she also believes the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) could do much better if it made one big change: getting out of any fossil fuel-related […]

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Sandy Lyon and Walt Bresette

Walt Bresette, Ojibwe leader and environmental hero, in Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame 

BY: - January 31, 2024

Ojibwe environmental and treaty rights activist Walt Bresette will be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) in a virtual ceremony on April 17, 2024. Bresette will join over 100 members inducted since the Hall of Fame’s  inception, including Aldo Leopold, Nina Leopold Bradley, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Menominee Nation environmentalist […]