The average surface water temperature was 75.3 degrees on July 9, setting a record for the month based on 26 years of record keeping, government scientists said.
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Local couple`s fund distributes nearly $2.4 million in grants
Wisconsin must close coal plants now, not decades from now
Blue-green algae spotted in North Central Wisconsin
Challenges remain in Fox River, despite $1.3 billion removal of 3.5 million tons of toxic sediment
Court Orders EPA to Redo Ozone Findings in Five States
USFO, professors ‘cautiously optimistic’ with Thompson appointment
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Waste Management dumped hazardous waste for decades at its Franklin landfill, EPA says
Red Sand Beach closed due to high E. coli counts
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The average surface water temperature was 75.3 degrees on July 9, setting a record for the month based on 26 years of record keeping, government scientists said.
The summer high is 75.6 degrees recorded in August 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.
That mark likely will be broken this year, said scientist Andrea Vanderwoude of NOAA`s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab...
New research shows that climate change may make it easier for Asian carp to grow and thrive in Lake Michigan if the invasive fish is introduced into the Great Lakes. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Biological Invasions, finds that warming would likely create less competition for food from invasive mussels.
Researchers also found increasing phosphorus pollution was the most influential factor in suitable habitat for bighead and silver carp. The research builds on a study released last year that found Asian carp could become more widely established in the lake.
Zebra and quagga mussels were first discovered in the Great Lakes around 30 years ago, and they were thought to be a potential barrier that could prevent the voracious Asian carp from gaining a stronghold if introduced into Lake Michigan because both the fish and the mussels compete for the same food source – algae and plankton...
Sort of a Good Band and Ugly Story...
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...
The estate of a De Pere couple continues to make a difference in Northeast Wisconsin.
The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded $2,362,100 in grants to local and state nonprofit organizations in July.
Ken Notes: Thank you!!!
Dear Editor: Wisconsin’s number one focus should be to shut down all of the coal plants by 2030. As we see the effects of climate change continue to negatively impact our environment, the worst thing we could do is hold off these closings. Coal seriously affects our air quality and I have personally seen the negative effects on my family: my sister and father who struggle with asthma and my grandmother who lives with COPD. Why continue to hurt the health of the people in our state when we can transition to safer, cheaper, and cleaner energy?...
Ken Notes: She is half right, but business, the power companies, and our communities need to be at the table. If we mandate change without understanding what we need to do to provide affordable energy 24/7 we will get push back that will delay our conversion which is very much on track now.
Algae blooms spread easily in the heat and move around the top of the water, making it essential for swimmers, fishermen, and boaters to be on the lookout.
North Central Wisconsin has spotted its first case of blue-green algae of the year on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir.
This common type of algae also known as cyanobacteria can produce toxins that are both harmful to humans and deadly to animals if ingested.
The Marathon County Parks and Recreation Department put out a warning for the algae earlier this week.
The algae blooms spread easily in the heat and move around the top of the water, making it essential for swimmers, fishermen, and boaters to be on the lookout. The algae has been known to be multicolored and makes the water look like pea soup at times.
Health officials say that water that may be infected should be avoided at all costs, as even airborne toxins can be harmful.
Ken Notes: I know you are tired of hearing me beat the drum of the dangers of CAFO`s but From another article, "Jette-Nantel spoke recently at a land-value seminar in... He said there are almost 300 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin – big farms with more than 1,000 animal units. Having one in relatively close proximity resulted in about a $400-per-acre farmland sales-price premium, according to an analysis of actual land sales during the first half of 2017 in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Marathon County Has new CAFO`s and new algae problems and this is NOT a coincidence...
The EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had identified ... acquired NCR`s liability for environmental wrong-doing when it bought NCR`s ..
Ken Notes: I really want to read this article, bu alas a paywall prevents it.
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A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the EPA erred when it found at least seven counties in five states were meeting federal ozone limits, and the court ordered the agency to rework the designations for all the challenged areas using the latest science.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a per curiam decision, sided with multiple environmental groups led by Clean Wisconsin. The groups claimed the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t follow its own scientific and technical record when it decided many counties nationwide had met the 2015 ozone pollution standard of 70 parts per billion.
“It’s a big win for public health and the environment,” said Ann Weeks, senior attorney for Clean Air Task Force, who argued the case on behalf of Clean Wisconsin in November. “The court recognized these decisions should have been made on science grounds and rational bases, and not arbitrarily on political considerations.”.
The court said the EPA has to redo the designations “as expeditiously as practicable” for all but one of a dozen areas that were subject to the legal challenge, including Racine County, Wis...
Ken Notes: I am not sure this is a win, it will be interesting to see the new results. Also we must work with businesses to create reasonable standards that let them bring new cleaner companies into the mix. Now we simply force these to go to a neighboring community or overseas. This is a global problem and requires global solutions.
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.
Professors and the UWO faculty union are remaining “cautiously optimistic” on the appointment of former Gov. Tommy Thompson as interim UW System president, and hope that he will lead the System in a more positive direction.
UW System Board of Regents president Andrew Peterson announced on June 19 that former Thompson will serve as interim president of the UW campuses. Thompson’s appointment was effective on July 1......more
Ken Notes: Two notes, One Tommy will bring everyone into the room to discuss issues. He will hold the reigns on spending but he will balance that with creating the best UW System he can. Two, He understands environmental policy and I believe he will bring UW System into creating and advocating for better environmental policy for our future...
Thirteen cars from a Union Pacific train overturned Sunday afternoon near Oostburg.
OOSTBURG, Wis. —
Ken Notes: We need to upgrade our rail system and it is still privately controlled in most areas. I served on Tommy Thompson`s rail advisory committee 20 years ago and we identified problems then. Little has been done since. We will continue to see spills like this a worse until we address our rail lines. Infrastructure is an issues we have to talk about.
An article in the local newspaper caught Andrea Amico’s eye in May 2014. It reported that one of the three drinking-water wells at a sprawling business and industrial park nearby was shut down because of high levels of chemical contamination.
“Instantly, my heart sank,” says the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, woman. Amico recalls her reaction to the news: “My husband works there and he drinks water all day, and my two kids go to daycare there and they drink water all day.”...
Ken Notes: I have been saying this for a couple of years now. We need to sit down at the national level a create a plan of actions. We seem to be much better at finding problems than we are at solving them...
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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. after decades of hazardous waste violations at the Metro Landfill in Franklin.
The EPA issued a $232,000 fine to WMWI through a settlement resolving violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, according to a news release from the EPA. WMWI has agreed to conduct leachate and groundwater monitoring, per the settlement, and will update its waste management and training program.
The claims against WMWI are directed toward the Metro Landfill, where WMWI owns and operates a recycling and disposal facility. According to the EPA, “the Metro Landfill is licensed by the state of Wisconsin to accept non-hazardous municipal, commercial, industrial and special wastes for disposal.” However, the facility is not authorized to store, treat or dispose of any hazardous waste...
Ken Notes: Lets see how they respond and move forward.
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WOOD COUNTY – South Wood County Park Red Sand Beach closed on July 9 due to high E. coli counts.
Beach water samples collected on July 8 prompted the closure.
The Wood County Health Department routinely conducts water sampling for bacteria at all county beaches throughout the summer. The recent water samples collected from the beaches exceed the maximum level considered to be safe. The count at South Wood County Park Red Sand Beach was >2419.6 Most Probable Number (MPN).
“The presence of E. coli bacteria in water indicates human or animal pollution, and the potential presence of bacteria that can cause illness,” a health department release said. “Wood County Environmental Health staff will collect samples from the beach, and will reopen the beach when the water quality is considered safe for swimming. The beach closure will end when the results of two consecutive days’ samples are below 235 MPN.
Ken Notes: I do not even know why I try, CAFO yes beach no... go figure...
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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...
When the Earth Moves reclaims the authentic story and original vision of Earth Day as a bipartisan and socially just environmental movement and highlights the need for people across generations and on both sides of the political aisle to play an active part. The premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – an event that is expected to activate over a billion people worldwide around environmental and climate action.
Ken Notes: Please share this link with friends and family. It would be a great opportunity to share and discuss with students. The film is less than 10 minutes long but presents a great deal of information and hope for our future...
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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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