This Weeks Articles...
Dem bill would create public funding for renewable energy startups
Wisconsin CUB sees consumer, environmental fights converge
Netherwood Knoll achieves top ‘Green and Healthy’ status, turning outdoors into classroom areas
Differences Remain Over Addressing CAFO Compliance, Enforcement
Thousands expected for national Rainbow gathering in Northwest Wisconsin
Editorial: Freshwater is smart strategy
Foxconn Can Tap Into Lake Michigan Water, Wisconsin Judge Says
Great Lakes Leaders Set Up Meeting On Asian Carp
Plain Talk: Share your views on ATC`s proposed southwestern Wisconsin line
Invasive zebra mussels: Remain vigilant to prevent their spread
Report: Wisconsin energy efficiency program generates millions in savings
Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing legislation to form a new state development authority designed to jumpstart the state’s clean energy economy.
The bill, introduced last week by Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) would create a Wisconsin Renewable Energy Development Authority, which would be authorized to issue grants and loans to state-based businesses or residents engaged in producing energy, fuels or other products from renewable resources.
Shankland said the idea is to help entrepreneurs create new jobs in manufacturing as well as research and development and construction...
Ken Notes: We MUST have the power utilities at the table. While we love to hate them, they do manage and maintain the grid, provide power when sun and wind can`t, and are interested in large scale renewable systems.
We need a real bipartisan effort on renewables.
As a wave of consumer activism swept the country in the 1970s, Wisconsinites formed the country`s first statewide consumer advocacy group focused on utilities....
...The two missions can sometimes be at odds. For example, CUB recently found itself taking a different position than environmental groups on proposals for high-voltage transmission lines and large solar farms. But with renewables becoming cheaper and myriad new solutions available to promote energy conservation today, CUB sees its consumer focus increasingly dovetailing with environmental and clean energy groups` interests......more
Ken Notes: This will be interesting to watch. We are dealing with systemic change, like when personal computers entered the workforce, and we are very early in the process. The question is how we will generate, distribute, and pay for this new energy...
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It took filling out pages and pages to apply for the highest of four levels of state recognition through the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin program.
But third-grade teacher Emily Anderson is proud of the efforts to turn outdoor spaces into classroom areas at Oregon’s Netherwood Knoll Elementary School. The elements on the sprawling grounds include 16 raised garden beds, a hoop house, amphitheater, prairie, Monarch Waystation, rain gardens, marsh with cattails, fruit trees and a “mother oak” with a bench built around its massive trunk...
Ken Notes: While spending the weekend camping in Lake Geneva, I pondered how we could expand the use of our environment, parks, and natural resources. Step one: let those who understand and respect nature, economics, and the delicate balance this represents manage it. Step two: start training these individuals today.
More Positions Added To Oversee CAFO Permitting
No one is completely satisfied with action this week from the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee on proposed fees and additional positions to oversee concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in Wisconsin. The growing number of large farms in the state has contributed to increasing concerns over the potential for pollution.
Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal would have raised annual pollution permit fees from $345 to $660, as well as institute a new $3,270 fee that would be paid every five years. Lawmakers rejected that proposal. However, they did approve four out of the five positions proposed for CAFO permitting, inspection and enforcement. They also approved transferring 9.5 positions to oversee large farms.
State Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, thought the governor’s proposed fees were excessive, but he said garnering support for additional positions was a struggle...
Ken Notes: We need to look at successful models for CAFO management like Germany. I believe digestion is the best solution and it is not even on the legislative radar.
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.
Preparations are underway Friday night, as thousands of people are expected to attend a national gathering in Northwest Wisconsin in just a few short weeks.
It’s something Rythom Katt started going to when he was young, and it’s something he said completely changed his outlook on life.
“When I come to a rainbow gathering, I see people succeed at things. When I learn things from my government. I learn they’re all depleting and they’re going to fail someday,” said Katt......more
Ken Notes: Lets hope these people demonstrate how our natural resources can support thousands of visitors and how thousands of visitors can leave our natural resources better that the found it.
Attention reporters, while some negative things are bound to occur in a group of this size, see if you can find some positive stories from this event.
In addition to addressing one of the most important human health and environmental issues of our time, creation of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin is a smart economic development strategy for the UW System and for the state.
The cross-disciplinary research, training and talent-development initiative, involving all 13 UW System campuses, takes advantage of one Wisconsin`s greatest assets – water......more
A judge recently ruled in favor of Racine`s request to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn Technology Group.
On Tuesday, the environmental groups that challenged the diversion issued a statement.
had long argued that it was equipped to deliver the water and believed
the diversion would be allowed by the Great Lakes Compact....
Ken Notes: Again lets work with Foxconn to make it a model for water management, treatment, and conservation...
Great Lakes Governors, Canadian Premiers To Meet In Illinois Next Month
Leaders from Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces will meet in Illinois next month to discuss a path forward on preventing the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
The announcement was made Friday during the leadership summit for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers in Milwaukee.
A binational and bipartisan group of Great Lakes leaders will discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers roughly $831 million recommended plan at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The plan calls for additional defenses like noisemakers and an electric barrier at a crucial choke point to help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes...
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...
The battle over ATC`s plan to build a new high-voltage transmission line from Dubuque to Middleton, with towers as tall as a 17-story building, is far from over.
Although the state Public Service Commission has accepted ATC`s preferred route through southwestern Wisconsin, it still hasn`t given the transmission company permission to build it.
Instead, it has scheduled another series of hearings for later in the month to gather more views and information about the effects of the line on the region`s environment...
Ken Notes: WDNGreen remains committed to pairing development of this line with substantial improvements to our natural resources including: conservancy land, trails, camping, and regional promotion.
A county in Wisconsin is facing a time when it will need to make some important decisions – and pay some significant costs – when its landfill reaches capacity in an estimated three to five years. The Kestrel Hawk Landfill is approaching closure, so Racine County will need to either find a new landfill site or begin trucking local trash to other landfills, which would increase transportation costs, according to the Associated Press.
Finding a site and building a new landfill would take years and would be an expensive proposition, so a Zero Waste Initiative was put into as an attempt to delay the closing of the Kestrel Hawk site......more
Ken Notes: While transportation is an issue, regional sites can often better manage waste. Also consider public private partnerships...
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
Hopefully by now, most
people in northwest Wisconsin are familiar with the troublesome zebra
mussels that were discovered in Big McKenzie Lake in the fall of 2016. A
lakeshore owner pulling out his dock found them and brought them to the
Wisconsin DNR for verification. They are now also inhabiting Middle
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.
There are just four ingredients in a bottle of Spotted Cow. But turning water, barley, yeast and hops into a tasty and intoxicating brew also takes energy — lots of energy.
Millions of gallons of water have to be pumped out of the ground, boiled, cooled and treated. There’s beer to bottle and beer to chill.
That’s why New Glarus Brewing Co. invested nearly $100,000 since 2016 in energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration, compressors and pumps that are expected to save more than 7.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity, according to Focus on Energy, which helped finance the projects. The company has invested thousands more in other energy-saving equipment...
Ken Notes: Worth every penny!!!
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It is mid-March, and two researchers trudge on snowshoes through feet of snow on a wooded trail, dragging a small plastic sled full of equipment.
Scientist Carl Watras’ snowshoes are rigged with rubber from bicycle tires to bind the webbed contraptions to his feet. His research assistant, Jeff Rubsam, runs ahead to guide the sled down a steep, snowy slope toward a frozen lake. Watras descends, planting one long leg slowly after another.
Watras has been making this trek for 32 years. He studies how the neurotoxin mercury accumulates in lakes and in Wisconsin’s fish......more
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This is the ninth annual State of Wisconsin Sustainability Report... For the last 9 years Tom Eggert has championed his students at UW Madison to write an annual report that is a snapshot of Wisconsin’s successes, challenges and opportunities. In the spirit of progress, this report is crafted to bring awareness to how Wisconsin measures up across the triple bottom line, that is, economically, ecologically and socially. By highlighting the strengths and opportunities that exist in our state, we can build a constructive dialog about where we need to improve and prioritize not only our goals, but also our resources.
Ken Notes: I forgot to include this last week and it is a must read!
Tom is retiring so we need a class or group to produce this report going forward. ATTENTION NELSON INSTITUTE are you listening, a great project, a great learning experience, a great opportunity to work with business and industry in the state... I`m just saying....
An agenda for the new administration...
An overriding principal - Restore Wisconsin to the bipartisan national environmental leadership it once enjoyed...
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!
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