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Environmental racial injustice highlighted by lack of diversity in advocacy groups
Groundbreaking ceremony held for phase one of the Wausau School Forest environmental learning center project
Trump’s plan for managing forests won’t save us in a more flammable world, experts say
After two manure spills, neighbors worried about Wild Rose Dairy expansion in La Farge
State AGs challenge new rule limiting environmental review
ONLINE: Sustainable Breakfast Series
Community Shares: Local leaders in social and environmental justice to be honored
Federal protections denied for moose in 4 states
OPINION: Wisconsin should call for a federal carbon fee and dividend policy
In Wisconsin’s Green Bay, Walleye Swim Healthy Again
MILWAUKEE — Before it can tackle the problems of climate change and other environmental problems facing society, a Wisconsin advocacy group is looking introspectively at what it can do better to bring more voices to the table.
“We recognize, these have been overwhelmingly fields of study and fields of professionalism that have been limited to whites,” Fred Clark, Executive Director for Wisconsin’s Green Fire said. “Not by policy, but certainly by history.”...
Ken Notes: We need to start this process at a much earlier age, exposing our youth, especially from urban areas, to our natural resources and rural areas is imperative. Schools need to establish forests, wetlands, and prairies as classrooms. We can not ask adults to join us in our efforts to preserve a landscape that they are not familiar with regardless of color.
WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) — The completion of the first part of a major renovation at the Wausau School Forest was celebrated Thursday afternoon.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held out at the Wausau School Forest Thursday afternoon to project supporters. The groundbreaking is for the Wausau School Foundation’s capital campaign to build a new Environmental Learning Center. The project hit its first milestone this week by completing phase one, the infrastructure phase according to Wausau School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Hilts.
“Phase one is the infrastructure. That’s what we’re celebrating today. So power’s been run out here. Fiber’s been run out here. So now we’re ready to start adding the communication lines, the powerlines, technology infrastructure.”...
Ken Notes: To illustrate my point, Wausau youth are exposed to nature every day. Many live in rural areas, they are building a great educational forest, but my guess is most are white. I would suggest they look at a cultural exchange where they invite inner city youth to use their forest as a learning campus for a few weeks. We need to facilitate the change we want, not mandate it, or expect it, but actually do something to nurture it.
When Kraus-Anderson began the development process for its new corporate headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, company leadership determined the guiding principle used throughout the project would be “cost-effective sustainability.” This principle has influenced all decision-making with regard to space planning for customers and employees; building components, systems, and technology; and construction means and methods. As a result, the building is on track to achieve LEED certification for sustainability....
Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...
Ken Notes: Another issue that has to be addressed in a nonpolitical environment but is not. Wisconsin has not had a major fire in decades, but it has in the past and could vary well in the future. We do use and manage our forests and are possibly at less risk but now is the time to address the issue before it is to late. We are getting a lot of new undergrowth and if it dries out and burns we could easily be the next California.
A large dairy farm in La Farge, Wisconsin, has plans to expand operations, causing concern for its neighbors who have been downstream from two manure spills from the farm in the last three years.
Wild Rose Dairy, located on Buckeye Ridge just outside the rural southwestern Wisconsin town, has applied for a permit with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to add nearly 1,000 animals to its farm and triple its waste- storage facility, making it capable of holding about 30 million gallons of waste.
Ken Notes: Since my Digestor request seems to be falling on deaf ears, could we at least limit the amount of water we mix into the waste to make it more "pumpable". This is especially frustrating when we are using well water from our aquifers to do this. This liquefied waste is exponentially more likely to enter our watersheds and pollute our streams, rivers, and lakes not to mention our wells and drinking water.
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Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford joined a multistate coalition in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s final rule curtailing requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act that federal agencies review and assess the impact of their actions on the environment.
The final rule also limits public participation in the review process, robbing vulnerable communities of the opportunity to make their voices heard on actions that are likely to have adverse environmental and health impacts. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the final rule abandons informed decision making, public participation and environmental and public health protections in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and NEPA...
...Nevada was joined by the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia and Guam, as well as the City of New York, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in filing the lawsuit.
Ken Notes: As long as this remains a political football we will swing back and forth with no long term policy in place. We need bipartisan legislation and policy that works with business and industry to protect the environment.
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Madison, WI – On September 17, Community Shares of Wisconsin will celebrate the work of three community leaders who are working to build a better community for all. The virtual celebration will begin on the Community Shares of Wisconsin Facebook page at 5:00 p.m. and will include stories and highlights of Change-Makers award winners as well as the volunteers, advocates, and Madison-based nonprofit organizations that have overcome challenges during the COVID crisis to work for social and environmental justice.
Community Shares of Wisconsin nonprofit groups nominated the following awardees:
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...
A moose subspecies native to four upper Midwestern states will continue to be left off the federal Endangered Species List.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday ruled that “the northwestern subspecies” is stable, The Associated Press reports. The moose are historically found in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The agency also said the subspecies has no notable biological differences from moose across the U.S.-Canada border, where the population is healthy.
Ken Notes: I would love to see a herd develop in Northern Wisconsin, if not protected, maybe a reserve or refuge of some sort. I always visit the small reserve in Gaylord MI when I am and in town and believe these are one of the most majestic animals in North America.
Dear Editor: The Climate Change Task Force commissioned by Gov. Evers last October has been diligently working on finalizing recommendations by Oct. 31. The public has been included through open virtual committee meetings, by accepting public comment via email, and through five “listening sessions” that occurred this summer. Kudos for running an inclusive process.
One topic that has been discussed by the task force and was a consistent theme in public input is carbon pricing, and more specifically a carbon fee and dividend (CF&D). To honor that input, one of the most powerful recommendations by the task force would be for the state of Wisconsin to call for a federal CF&D policy, the benefits of which are manifold:
• reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 40% by 2030....more
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A 30-year effort to clean up the Lower Fox River by a coalition of local officials, business owners, educators, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts is bearing fruit.
As spring limped slowly into Green Bay, Wisconsin, Bruce Deadman pulled two walleye from Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. Pulling off such a feat was unheard of a decade ago, says Deadman. The walleye were simply not around, and even if fishermen were lucky enough to snag one, they would have been restricted from eating it due to high levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs in the fish.
But all that has changed. By 2019, PCB levels in Green Bay walleye had dropped 68 percent, and on this day in early May, as the thermometer hovers just above freezing, Deadman can catch fish. And he isn’t alone. Dozens of boat trailers line the parking lot of the boat landing. The fishermen are all trolling for walleye....
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Communities across Wisconsin are looking to develop clean energy plans to do their part against global warming, and La Crosse is getting in on the action as well.
The Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit will launch statewide today, with La Crosse, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Milwaukee all participating. The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to energy policy options in the state, and is designed to help communities of any size achieve their goal of going green.
Ken Notes: I will keep this link for awhile...
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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!
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Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.
For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.
AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development....more
Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.
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