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Environmental Groups Win Lawsuit To Overturn State Settlement With Dairy Group

Ruling Overturns Regulation Changes Outlined In Settlement; Says DNR Should Have Used Formal Rulemaking Process

Four environmental groups have won a lawsuit to overturn part of a settlement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a dairy organization.

The 2017 settlement ended a legal challenge from the Dairy Business Association over new state guidance for how concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, can manage runoff.

The groups, including Midwest Environmental Advocates and the Clean Water Action Council, among others, said changes made in the settlement didn`t follow the agency`s rulemaking process.

On Friday, a judge in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court agreed and decided to overturn the settlement...

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Ken Notes: There is still too much money in the CAFO lobby to not look for real solutions even with this win in the courts. The laws are not strong enough to regulate this industry and with hundreds of smaller dairies leaving each year we will have a largely unregulated industry producing the majority of our milk. I think we should seek real solutions like the digestion of waste and heating the effluent. It can be done, it is good for the environment, it gives smaller dairy farms a more level playing field, and it will substantially improve our wells, wetlands, and watersheds. I am looking for opportunities to work on this legislative approach...

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Live from Cap Times Idea Fest: Wisconsin`s environment and communities of color

On today`s episode of Live from Cap Times Idea Fest, the freelance journalist and author James Edwards Mills leads a series of presentations by three experts on the relationships communities of color have with the environment, from the way they grapple with climate change and sustainability, to shared histories of agriculture and environmental stewardship.

The panelists included:

  • Gloria Castillo Posada, sustainable communities initiative director with Sustain Dane

  • Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, director of public information with the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

  • Monica White, an assistant professor of with the University of Wisconsin-Madison`s Department of Community and Environmental Sociology.
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EDITORIAL: `Tree guy` Preston Cole is right choice to head DNR

Gov.-elect Tony Evers provided vital insight into his approach to governing when he tapped Preston Cole to head the state Department of Natural Resources. A forester by training, and a skilled administrator of environmental and public works programs, Cole is literally known as “the tree guy.”

He got that title years ago because his knowledge of Wisconsin’s woodlands and plants was so great that anyone who had a question about trees was directed his way. Over time, however, it became clear that he knew just as much about protecting air and water, balancing the interests of farmers and their neighbors, and finding common ground for rural and urban communities in a rapidly evolving state....

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Ken Notes: I applaud a "tree guy" at the helm. I hope that he is also a "business guy", because a team approach here will move eliminate the yo-yo effect that has been bad for the state in the past. I would also love to see a small farm bias which he may bring to the table...

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Will The Tony Evers Administration Be Healthy For The Environment?

You had to be listening closely to pick up an environmental message during Tony Evers` inaugural speech on Monday, but it was there. Evers drew applause when he talked about the need to address issues that matter to the state`s younger residents.

"Like our young people who work multiple jobs just to stay here and afford their student loan payments. They’re also looking to us to make sure we take gun violence and global warming seriously," Evers said.

But does that mean Evers will work to mitigate the effects of climate change?...

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Ken Notes: With the legislative balance The Governor will need our support to do anything. Business can guide the legislature, power companies can weigh in, and people will have a voice. The problem will come from the vocal fringes that cause the other side to dig in. This is why Trump wants more coal and others want only solar and wind. Both of these are bad scenarios. In Wisconsin watch DNR and PSC for our direction as they are the real compass. Also remember for business the issue is time and money not a resistance to do what is right for the environment.

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Will Recycling Paper Cups Save The Environment?
Last year, the UK Environmental Audit Committee published a report on the environmental impact of disposable cups on the environment. The report was bleak to the say the least. We are actually creating a lot of problems for the environment.

The good news is that there are some ways that we can turn things around. The two steps that we will need to take include:

    Start using more paper cups
    Make sure that we recycle those cups appropriately...
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Ken Notes: I once served on a committee on recycling in Wisconsin, it is a VERY VERY complex issue. There is a real solution no one every talks about. We should charge a tax on all products by weight and distribute the proceeds to those who recycle or dispose of the items also by weight. $50 a ton would add far less than a penny to the cup you use but would provide real income to those recycling it. Even a car would only cost $100. We could increase the tax on goods coming into the country and still not impact the price of goods substantially. Imagine the amount of cardboard alone entering the US from China. You actually pay far more in taxes now and it is almost impossible to channel the funds to where they are actually needed.

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Madison College hooks up Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar array

Madison College marked the completion of Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar energy installation in a ceremony attended by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes; Madison Gas and Electric Co. Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler; renewable energy industry representatives and local dignitaries....

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Dairyland Power Cooperative

Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.

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The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018

Advanced Energy Economy looks back at the top regulatory developments of the past year.

In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018  so far. With 2018 behind us, we check in again on the top public utility commission actions and trends of the past year.

Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to approvals for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives, to traditional distribution investments. Here is the full roundup of the top 10 matters before public utility commissions in 2018.

1. Renewable energy is winning on price

2. Electric vehicle investments take the spotlight

3. Modernization investments to improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid

4. Utility business model innovation

5. Equalizing the treatment of capital and operating expenditures

6. Non-wires alternatives to traditional utility investments

7. Direct access programs and renewable energy tariffs

8. Improvements to distribution planning processes

9. The rise of dynamic rate designs

10. Valuing the benefits and costs of net metering

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Ken Notes: Great Read and a good list!!!

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Woodlands conference planned

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Madison Area Woodland Owners Conference will feature presentations focusing on Snapshot Wisconsin, a state wildlife program; preparing for a meeting with your forester; forest harvesting — methods and more; pruning to improve your woods; and fantastic fungi — movers and shapers of forest ecosystems.

The conference site is the American Family Insurance Headquarters Training Center between Madison and Sun Prairie, off of Highway 151 on the American Parkway. Commercial and educational exhibits will also be included as part of the event....

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Ken Notes: Our woodlands, wetlands and public lands are our most important resource. I hope we work with conservancies, DNR, and private owners to exponentially expand these areas and public access to them in the State. We should also work more closely with farmers on good agricultural practice. Now is the time to build a Wisconsin for our grandchildren!

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Tribe appeals rejection of its challenge to mining permit
A native tribe is appealing a federal judge`s dismissal of its challenge to a state permit for a zinc and gold mine planned for Michigan`s Upper Peninsula.

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrongly allowed Michigan to handle permitting for Aquila Resources` Back Forty project. The mine would be located near the Menominee River and the Wisconsin line...

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Ken Notes: Can we join with the tribes to challenge this project or demand assurances that our watersheds will not be impacted.

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Evers Says It`s Important Wisconsin Moves Forward With Renewable Energy

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is promoting renewable energy in the state. But a Republican legislator says any expansion of electricity generation from sources like solar and wind should be market-driven.

Evers spoke Thursday to an annual conference held by the group RENEW Wisconsin. He`s the first Wisconsin governor to do so.

He says it`s time to change state agency attitudes about renewables. Evers says it`s "absolutely important we move ahead in this area. For too long, we`ve been kicking the can down the road as it relates to science and innovation in this area."...

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Ken Notes: Here is a unique situation both the Governor and The Legislature are correct. Business should push this agenda. Our role will be to convince businesses to pressure and support cost effective renewables on a larger scale. I also see an opportunity to create new manufacturing jobs and economic development in areas that are cleaner because of changes in generation.

The legislature should play more than a "let the market drive this" role in this process though, we need state and federal support and legislative initiatives to make this happen on a large scale in our urban areas or like Foxconn the nex big player will look for a farm field near you.

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Bucking trend, Wisconsin utilities burned more coal in 2017; environmentalists warn against gas investments

Despite the growing use of renewable energy and natural gas, new data show Wisconsin utilities burned more coal in 2017, leading to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

But environmental advocates are more concerned about the long-term effects of investments in gas-fired generation.

Coal-fired generation, which accounted for 55 percent of all electricity produced in Wisconsin, was up about 7.5 percent from the previous year, according to numbers released last week by the federal Energy Information Administration...

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Ken Notes: We continue to make large investments is solar and wind so this will change with time. Gas will continue to be a difficult topic because it can provide the peaking and balancing capacity we need on the grid to support wind and solar, but on a large scale it can slow growth in these areas by providing an inexpensive replacement or retrofit of coal facilities. I`ll include a national article from today on the subject.

We need to continue to work with the power companies, business and legislature to create a balanced and sustainable system. We are moving in the right direction despite some pressure to move in other directions. Do not point fingers SHAKE HANDS...

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Phosphorus runoff a challenge for every farmer: Wisconsin speaker

When a speaker at the South West Agricultural Conference asked the crowd in a session on water quality whether they thought their farms were contributing to phosphorous runoff into lakes and rivers, just a couple of people raised their hands.

Dennis Frame of the Wisconsin-based agricultural environmental firm Timber Ridge Consulting said he doesn’t try to “shame” farmers, but they must realize that no farm has zero runoff...

...“What we need to do then is sit with every farm and say, ‘We’ve got to figure out what your issues are and help you move forward on that,’” he said. “Actually, that’s been the most powerful thing we’ve done in all of our watershed projects.”...

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Ken Notes: Good read! May I also note that there is a huge difference between using the manure of a few hundred cows on fields you know to pumping manure from a few thousand cows to farms miles away you know nothing about...

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Rural Wisconsin county split on solar energy project that would be among largest in nation
After milking cows for nearly half a century, Ken Wunderlin sold his herd last summer.

He and his son still raise beef cattle on their 500-acre farm in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin, but next year instead of corn and soybeans, Wunderlin expects to see solar panels in the field outside his front window.

Wunderlin is one of about two dozen landowners who’ve agreed to host a proposed 300-megawatt solar farm that, if approved, would be one of the largest in the nation....

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Study shows widespread well contamination in southwestern Wisconsin

A much-anticipated study of groundwater conditions in three southwestern Wisconsin counties shows widespread contamination in private wells — a finding that underscores the vulnerability of groundwater in some areas of rural Wisconsin.

The results released Wednesday found that 42 percent of 301 wells tested in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties did not meet standards for bacteria or nitrates.

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Cattle, humans both help taint wells in Wisconsin`s Kewaunee County

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Ken Notes: We have to shine a light on factory farms in these area. Imagine a city of 10,000 spreading their waste on adjacent lands. Yet we turn a blind eye to CAFO`s doing exactly that. This area, part of the driftless, has the potential to lead the nation is organic produce and craft dairy -- instead we run the risk of turning the area into the path of least resistance for mega farms...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide public water disputes
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a series of legal disputes that could have far-reaching implications for state regulators’ power to protect public waters from pollution and overuse.

A state appeals court panel asked the high court Wednesday to settle 10 lawsuits over natural resources, which have been consolidated into two cases, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The high court’s rulings will determine the balance of power between lawmakers and state regulators.

The cases stem from conservationists wanting to preserve the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ authority to protect public water rights and enforce clean water standards. But business groups are pushing to keep power in the hands of elected politicians who can be held accountable if the state goes too far and harms profits...

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Critics: Wisconsin Project Would Give Utility Solar Monopoly
A southeast Wisconsin utility is proposing a pilot project where the utility would essentially renting roofs to build solar installations and pay owners a monthly fee based on the value of the installations in regional capacity markets...

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The southeast Wisconsin utility We Energies is proposing a pilot project it says would expand solar and help governments and nonprofits, with the utility essentially renting roofs to build solar installations and paying owners a monthly fee based on the value of the installations in regional capacity markets...

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Ken Notes: This is a very difficult and complex issue. I believe that the utilities can have the biggest impact on solar and they have the older production facilities we want to replace.

I like the idea of an exchange policy that allows utilities to expand solar, wind and even natural gas (more controversial) in exchange for removing coal production from the grid.

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Trump couldn’t stop decline of U.S. coal plants in 2018

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.

In total, more than 23,400 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation were shut in 2017-2018 versus 14,900 MW in 2009-2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)...

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Ken Notes: Like I mentioned above, we are moving in the right direction despite efforts to go another way.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Asked To Rule On DNR Authority To Regulate Agribusiness

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is being asked to consider two cases that could determine whether the state Department of Natural Resources has authority to place certain limits on agriculture in order to protect the quality and quantity of groundwater.

A state appeals court has certified two cases for consideration by the state`s highest court.

The first, has to do with an application made in 2012 by Kinnard Farms Inc., located in the Town of Lincoln, to double the number of cows on its properties to include more than 6,000 animals.

The second case has to do with a series of high-capacity well applications made by farmers in the state`s Central Sands region between 2014 and 2015...

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Ken Notes: Am I the only one who believes that we should rely less on DNR and the Courts and instead focus on new regulations for industries that adversely affect our environment. Especially now that we have a legislature that will need some bargaining chips to keep their agenda on track.

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Museum of Wisconsin Art presents Charles Munch: Between the Lines

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Charles Munch: Between the Lines, which features 30 works from four decades curated by Director of Exhibitions and Collections Graeme Reid.

The exhibition will open with a party on Saturday, Jan. 19 and will provide an opportunity to meet the artist.

For almost 40 years, Charles Munch has lived on 220 acres of pristine forest and grassland close to Lone Rock in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. Drawing inspiration from his untamed surroundings, Munch has established himself as one of the most insightful artists working today on environmental issues in Wisconsin. “I want my works to stimulate conversation and to encourage a variety of viewpoints.”....

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Ken Notes: Art is a great way to "show" us how important or environment is. Opening part is January 19th 2 to 5....

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Wisconsin regulators gather evidence on solar farm proposals

A judge for Wisconsin’s utility regulatory agency heard testimony Friday on proposals from two utilities seeking to invest nearly $400 million in new solar energy projects.

Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. together want to buy 300 megawatts of generation from two proposed solar farms.

Chicago-based Invenergy has proposed building a 300-megawatt project, called Badger Hollow, in western Iowa County. More than 100 times the size of any solar project in Wisconsin, it would be one of the largest solar farms in the country, with a footprint roughly twice the size of the UW Arboretum...

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The World`s Dangerous For Birds — Fiserv Forum Makes It A Little Safer

The new Bucks arena is the world`s first bird-friendly arena, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Bryan Lenz, bird collision campaign manager with the American Bird Conservancy, had a lot to do with Fiserv Forum`s owner`s decision to consider bird safety.

The world is becoming more perilous for birds. They have to contend with cell towers, pesticides and loss of habitat. Cats alone kill 2.4 billion birds every year in the U.S.; another billion die after colliding into buildings....

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EPA proposes higher bar for emissions rules that led to Dairyland cutting mercury by 90 percent

Dairyland Power Cooperative cut the mercury emissions from its coal-fired electricity plant in Genoa by 90 percent when it installed processes to comply with a 2012 rule limiting such pollution.

But the Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 28 proposed changing how it justifies those standards limiting hazardous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The agency would ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits...

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Ken Notes: Read this is is not good news. Again the yo-yo effect could bite us. We have to work with the companies in a nonpartisan environment to create long term standards....

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UW-Extension staff on front lines of ag and the environment throughout Wisconsin

Wisconsin agriculture is expansive and extremely valuable to all of us. This notion is not news, especially to those who rely on farming for their income and to support their families. We are intimately tied to our landscapes and to the fruits of our labor, whether that means this season’s crops, the health and productivity of the herds, or the health and well-being of our farmers.

In the UW-Extension Institute of Agriculture, we work with producers, professionals and businesses to build stronger, more resilient farms and food systems. We strive to help each farm achieve its unique goals...

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Wisconsin takes first step to shield taxpayers from toxic cleanup cost
CLEANUP EXEMPTIONS | DNR, BUSINESS LOBBY AT ODDS

Wisconsin has taken the first step toward scaling back liability protections for the owners of contaminated properties, a move that could save taxpayers from potential pollution cleanup costs that have run into the hundreds of millions of dollars in other states....

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Ken Notes: Can`t we work together on this!!!

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Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few
Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren`t even ready for production.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb.

So how credible is the industry`s pledge to move toward fuel-efficient vehicles when it keeps cranking out more lucrative trucks and sport utilities?...

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Ken Notes: As an environmentalist it is frustrating that our progress is determined by the price of crude oil, not innovation, not a sense of doing the right thing, not our future -- but rather the margin of profit and the demand of the buyer... As a businessman I do get it, I just don`t like it...

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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council


WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...

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OPINION: Hold legislators responsible for their environmental record

Dear Editor: Wisconsinites have a well-deserved reputation as people who love the outdoors. With such strong support for protecting our natural resources, many voters naively believe that the politicians also share their enthusiasm for protecting the environment...

...The real power to force the Legislature to protect our environment lies with Republican voters. Republican legislators receive millions from industries that benefit from the elimination of environmental regulations and they realize that most voters have no idea how they vote on environmental issues, so they have little incentive to vote for environmental protection...

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Ken Notes: Interesting, I would add that a middle ground pro business pro environment position may find support as well. Why is it always one side or the other...

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ISG Project Recognized with Best Development Award from 1000 Friends of Iowa – A Partnership with the City of Algona

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 15, 2019--The City of Algona, Iowa was recently awarded a Best Development Award by 1000 Friends of Iowa in the Stormwater Management Category for its Downtown Green Parking Lot Infrastructure Renewal project. Permeable pavers, native plants and trees, combined with water storage, all contribute to water quality improvement strategies for the community through this project.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190115005547/en/

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Contaminated barrels removed in South Beloit
The barrels found buried on the site of the South Beloit Wastewater Treatment Plant in October have been removed.

During construction work for the expansion and improvement of the wastewater treatment plant, 31 barrels were found buried near the former street department garage...

...Clark also stated the City of South Beloit submitted an application to enroll the site in the Illinois EPA`s voluntary Site Remediation Program to address remaining soil contamination. The Site Remediation Program offers EPA review and technical assistance to help applicants make sure there is no risk to human health at a site...

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Ken Notes: A prime example of the need to work together and not point fingers in the fight to clean up the sins of our past. Note Image NOT from South Beloit site...

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Advocate Aurora Health commits to 100% renewable electricity sources

Advocate Aurora Health’s planned $250 million project in Mount Pleasant will be among the first to strive toward the health care system’s new commitment to power its facilities with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

Advocate Aurora Health, which has co-headquarters in Milwaukee and in Downers Grove., Ill., announced Wednesday targeting environmental sustainability and stewardship to save money, mitigate global warming and reduce the impact of air pollution on patients’ health...

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Ken Notes: Not to take anything away here, this is a pretty easy stance to take in today`s market. Someone needs to sit down with the powers at the fed level and explain new energy is good for business, health, the economy, and our grandchildren. Every new project should consider a pledge to support 100% renewable, it is cheaper than the status quo...

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Wisconsin bald eagle nests soar to new state record

Wisconsin`s bald eagle population continues to reach new heights as 2018 nest surveys revealed a record number of nests statewide and Walworth County confirmed its first documented nest in at least a half-century, according to results released in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey.

"2018 was another great year for the bald eagles` remarkable comeback in Wisconsin," says Laura Jaskiewicz, the Department of Natural Resources research scientist who coordinates the statewide aerial survey effort. "The number of nests is still increasing throughout the state and we now have them documented in 71 of 72 counties."...

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Eagle Days at 1000 Islands Environmental Center

KAUKAUNA (WLUK) -- 1000 Islands Environmental Center is getting ready for Eagle Days.

The event is Saturday, January 26....


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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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How Did Wisconsin`s Waters Fare In 2018?

Wisconsin is rich in lakes, streams and wetlands. Throughout 2018 concern among those who steward those resources rose. Let`s review some challenges facing water protection over the past year, along with an example of collaboration..

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Air Quality & Lead Among Environmental Concerns Of 2018

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Ken Notes: Great review of many issues in Wisconsin. I again am looking for even more collaboration on many of these projects. Especially when a company can offer additional lands, protection and access.

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Air pollution becomes world’s biggest environmental health risk
KARACHI - The air pollution impacts on mortality and health are a significant public health issue worldwide. The population-based studies have documented health risks resulting from short term exposure to air pollutants.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that air pollution has become the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around seven million humans, nearly one in eight deaths in 2012.

Around 80 percent of the 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution came due to stroke and heart disease, 11 percent from lung diseases, six percent from cancers...

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Ken Notes: Just a thought, if we focus on this rather that Global Warming could we get administrative buy in???

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Commentary: It’s time to update Wisconsin’s energy policy

When it comes to Wisconsin energy policy, the lack of voter concern shows. The consequences are becoming apparent.

During the last few gubernatorial elections, energy issues have not been a top voter concern in Wisconsin. By varying degrees, voters in neighboring states have been more aggressive concerning their energy interests. In Iowa, wind energy is a priority campaign issue for the state’s farmers as it significantly boosts the financial returns of farm owners. As such, Iowa now produces more than one third of its electricity from domestic wind farms. And, since wind energy is now the most affordable electricity on the utility grid, many Iowans are reaping the benefits of low electricity prices...

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Ken Notes: I agree, but I get worried when we adopt an environment only approach. We must bring business into the mix and make this marriage our driving force.

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VIDEO: La Crosse solar energy future shines bright

La Crosse is one of ten Wisconsin communities that could soon benefit from the sun... whenever it decides to come out again...

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A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest, with Utilities in the Vanguard

Even with all the evidence that renewable energy has become less expensive than fossil fuels, it doesn`t seem real until utilities start to stake their futures on it.

For some Midwestern utilities, 2018 is the year that happened...

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Ken Notes: I agree that the utilities hold the key to moving forward here!!!

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Glatfelter Enters Into Consent Decree to Resolve Fox River Environmental Liability
Glatfelter GLT, +5.96% today announced that it has entered into a consent decree with the United States Government, the State of Wisconsin, and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, under which Glatfelter expects to fully resolve its liability for the Lower Fox River and Green Bay environmental remediation and related Superfund litigation. The consent decree is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin...   ...more

Ken Notes: I know several people that benefited from this issue, and ALL of them are lawyers. We should have worked with the paper companies from the very beginning with a set of clear objectives for cleaning up the river.

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An agenda for the new administration...


An overriding principal - Restore Wisconsin to the bipartisan national environmental leadership it once enjoyed...


  • Building and Design

    • Work with developers, architects, communities, and business to ensure the highest and most cost effective Green building practices are used in new development.
    • Expedite projects who guarantee the best environmental practices and make sure the systems are in place to ensure this. Trust but Verify.
    • Avoid costly mandates and restrictions that will move businesses to other states or regions.
  • Mining

    • Explore the restoration of the sulfide mining moratorium or...
    • Work with counties to create and enforce new mining regulations, restrictions and enforcement.
    • Delay approval of any new mines until counties have their regulation policies in place.
    • Restore DNR environmental staff and expertise to levels that can review any requests in a timely manner.
    • Require a site reclamation fund be established from the onset of any approved project with a plan in place for complete site reclamation.
    • Allow municipalities to enact special utilities in lieu of or in addition to regular taxes for issues like impact on roads, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Renewable Energy and Fuels

    • Work with the utilities, business and communities to encourage the use of renewables, reduced carbon output, and better reporting and measurement.
    • Establish a PSC willing to work with business and power companies while progressing to a lower carbon renewable future.
    • Do not impose legislative mandates on renewables but rather incentivize use of new technologies while maintaining an open dialogue among all parties involved.
  • Our Watersheds and the Great Lakes

    • Become a strong partner in Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
    • If water is removed from the watershed, require that it be returned cleaner that it was taken. Again make sure DNR has the resources to monitor and ensure this policy.
  • Land Use and Transmission / Pipe Lines

    • Require the need and or profit for new systems to Wisconsin citizens. If a system like tar sand or electricity is for other states or regions, require that the land uses benefits all citizens in our state in lower utility costs, additions public facilities and reduced air and water pollution.
    • Require that any new system create an environmental offset equal to or greater than the land they take. This can be done in two ways: One additional Parks, Public Lands, Trails, Access to Waterways, Etc. OR Two reduced carbon emissions through the elimination or older less efficient production facilities or the conversion to renewable or exponentially lower emission fuels.
  • CAFO`s and Agricultural Issues

    • Address and regulate CAFO`s like the "cities" that they are.
    • Develop regulations and controls to address the scale of effluent that these facilities produce.
    • Consider using CAFO`s as a model for new waste treatment like digestion and pasteurization.
    • Preserve the small farm in Wisconsin by encouraging sound environmental practices in a cost effective way.
    • Work with all farms, businesses, and communities to improve watersheds, runoff and source point pollution focusing on results rather that penalties or mandates.
  • Transit and Mass Transit

    • Improve our transit and shipping corridors like rail and interstate access to encourage Wisconsin to become an efficient  distribution hub for the Midwest.
    • Encourage communities to adopt new and more efficient mass transit systems.
    • Encourage the use of more efficient buses, trucks and vehicles in the state.
  • ECO Tourism

    • Explore ECO Tourism as an option to preserve our vast agricultural heritage and natural waterways and woodlands.
    • Allow ECO TIF financing to pair tourism development with land and watershed preservation.
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Ken Notes: Just a few ideas, please feel free to pick and choose then share with those on both sides of the isle that will be making decisions.

We now have an opportunity to grab the pendulum in the middle and make a real long term difference in how we manage our resources and what kind of Wisconsin we leave to our grandchildren!

These are personal viewpoints shaped by your feedback. They are not the positions of my sponsors or partners.

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