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 […]

Representative Greta Neubauer (D- Racine) joins other supporters of the bill package. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

New “Forward On Climate” bills target climate adaptation

BY: - December 4, 2019

A new package of bills introduced by Representatives Greta Neubauer (D- Racine), Dianne Hesselbein (D- Middleton ), Gary Hebl (D- Sun Prairie) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D- Green Bay), is aiming to jump-start Badger State climate policy. Collectively named the Forward On Climate package, the bills focus on financially supporting climate-resistant infrastructure for schools and […]

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

Interactive map tracks city carbon emissions

BY: - December 3, 2019

An interactive map developed by the New York Times is giving fresh insights into city-level carbon emissions across the country. The detailed heat map provides data on increases in emissions between 1990 and 2017. It was compiled using Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. Regarded as the most accurate estimates for local Co2 emissions, […]

Gray wolf (photo from Pixabay)

Gray wolf population causing concerns

BY: - December 3, 2019

Gray wolves (Canius Lupus) are making a comeback in the Badger State, and that’s worrying residents in rural parts of Wisconsin. While some see the population rebound as a conservation success story, others are worried about the danger these large predators pose to pets and humans. The species is currently protected as a federally listed […]

3D rendering of pipelines underwater | Getty Images

A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race

BY: - December 2, 2019

The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever before, as the 2020 election is fully underway. One of the core arguments is over the need for and the ethics of energy pipelines. With 2.4 million miles of pipeline, […]

Husband and wife duo Martin Perales and Flora Csontos are Wisconsin transplants who fell in love with hunting through the DNR’s free Hunt For Food program. From making new friends, learning new skills, bringing home the meat to enjoying the outdoors, Martin and Flora say Hunt For Food is well-worth the small commitment. The couple is hunting turkey after class. (Photo provided by Wisconsin DNR.)

The hunt for new hunters

BY: - November 27, 2019

If you are out hunting over this holiday week, take a look at the fellow hunters you encounter, perhaps warming up in bar, lodge or other gathering place. Are they all middle-age men? The number of hunters in Wisconsin has been declining, but one solution enthusiasts are exploring to mitigate that trend is reaching out […]

white tailed deer buck with antlers

DNR releases notices and reminders for deer hunters

BY: - November 26, 2019

Deer hunting season is here, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a series of reminders and notices for hunters across the state. Wisconsin is in the middle of a nine-day deer hunting season. This represents Wisconsin’s 168th gun deer season, with over half a million hunters participating. According to the DNR, as […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes make a pitch to get Wisconsinites signed up for healthcare in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin commits to Paris climate accords

BY: - November 24, 2019

Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, cities and states are moving to reaffirm their commitment to the accord. With the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 set to start Dec. 2, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes joined other city and state leaders on a call last […]