Environment

An example of Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS) pests. Photo courtesy of WI DATCP

Don’t spread holiday pests & diseases after spreading Christmas cheer

BY: - January 3, 2020

Pests and diseases pose a serious threat to our state’s crops, forests and plants, and some may be lurking in your living room.​ Wisconsin is one of the top five Christmas tree-producing states in the country — it’s big business here. So keeping all of that greenery — including wreaths, garlands and trees —  pest-free […]

Marines fighting fires with foam

PFAS foam confirmed in Madison-area creek

BY: - January 2, 2020

The official test results are back, says the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and they confirm that the foam collected along Starkweather Creek, near Olbrich Boat Launch contains that PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances). The agency first noticed the foam along the Madison creek in late October, and deployed contractors to collect and remove the […]

Blanchard's cricket frog

Wisconsin DNR revising incidental take permits to protect species

BY: - January 2, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to revise several broad permits for activities which may result in the accidental death of members of threatened or protected species but do not threaten the overall population of the species. Called Incidental Take Permits, they are often granted to construction projects which are routinely underway […]

LT. Gov. Mandela Barnes in his office. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes continues pushing climate policy

BY: - December 30, 2019

Just back from a trans-Atlantic trip to advance the cause of progressive climate policy, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is energized. The COP25 United Nations climate conference concluded in controversy, but Barnes came home full of optimism for policy change at the state level. “People look to the U.S. for leadership. And to see us not […]

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office (Courtesy of MCME Twitter page.)

Milwaukee man dies of possible hypothermia in his home

BY: - December 23, 2019

The Medical Examiners Office of Milwaukee is currently investigating the death of a 61 year old man who was found in his home last Wednesday. Operations Manager for the ME Office Karen Domagalski emailed Wisconsin Examiner, “hypothermia or CO poisoning has not been ruled out.” Investigative reports note that power to the man’s home was […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul in Marinette (Photo by Erik Gunn)

AG Josh Kaul listens to Marinette residents’ fears about PFAS

BY: - December 19, 2019

For two hours in Marinette on Wednesday, the state’s chief prosecutor sat in a room full of angry people and heard their stories of illness, death, and fear. And stories there were plenty — some told with fury, others through tears, and others simply with calm resignation. The stories were told by residents of Marinette, […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

BY: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

DNR to tackle nitrate pollution from manure, fertilizer

BY: - December 16, 2019

By a 5-to-1 vote, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a “scope statement” — the broad outline of a rule related to decreasing nitrate pollution of groundwater in parts of the state and scheduled public hearings on the topic. Nitrates are compounds that are essential for all living things, though they can cause problems at […]

Narrower of two PFAS bills advances

BY: - December 12, 2019

One of two bills in the Legislature aimed at the growing concern about PFAS chemicals cleared an Assembly committee Wednesday, but the author of a second says his own measure is essential to providing a more comprehensive solution. AB-323, authored by State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), bars the use of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl or […]

"Fire Department Training at WPCP" by Arlington Department of Environmental Services is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

PFAS provisions struck from must-pass defense bill

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates suffered a stinging setback with the release of a defense policy bill this week that lacks key provisions to crack down on a widespread class of chemicals linked to serious health problems.  The must-pass legislation represented the lawmakers’ best hope this year for enacting a comprehensive set of […]

Gypsy moth (Photo courtesy of 123RF free stock photos)

Invasive gypsy moth population continues to decline

BY: - December 10, 2019

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections’ (DATCP) most recent trapping season for gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar dispar) suggests that the invasive species’ population is continuing to decline in Wisconsin. In 2017, 108,808 moths were captured, followed by a little over 76,000 in 2018. For 2019, the numbers continued to drop to 52,396 captured […]

white tailed deer buck with antlers

Nine-day deer hunting season draws to a close

BY: - December 4, 2019

Wisconsin’s nine day deer hunting season has come to an end, the state’s 168th season. Numbers for not only license purchases but also harvested deer were down this year as compared to 2018. The 2019 season also saw a lower than average number of reported hunting accidents, which the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attributes […]