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Ken`s Radio show talks to
Milwaukee County Exec Candidates

I had a chance to interview all four candidates for Milwaukee County Exec, Chris Larson, David Crowley, Theodore Lipscomb, and Purnima Nath. Each answered a question on clean water among others.

2-15-20 – Development Matters – Hour 1

Chris Larson, David Crowley, Theodore Lipscomb, and Purnima Nath are all running for the position of Milwaukee County Executive. Listen as host Ken Harwood asks each candidate questions that center on economic development in Milwaukee County and helps to clarify the differences in the candidates on these issues.

2-15-20 – Development Matters – Hour 2

Chris Larson, David Crowley, Theodore Lipscomb, and Purnima Nath are all running for the position of Milwaukee County Executive. Listen as host Ken Harwood asks each candidate questions that center on economic development in Milwaukee County and helps to clarify the differences in the candidates on these issues.

Ken Notes: Special thanks to my engineer Keith Gaustad for seamlessly dealing with some technical difficulties in the first segment...

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Wisconsin Ranks First In Environmental Protection Funding Cuts From 2008 To 2018
Wisconsin is the home of its own conservation hall of fame, the home of the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, and the home of John Muir...

...Wisconsin used to a leader in the field.  But now, it’s a leader in something else.

Between 2008 and 2018, 30 states cut funding for environmental protection agencies, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project.  Wisconsin was number one, having cut 36 percent of its budget during that time...


Ken Notes: This is not good, BUT our effort were seen by some as harmful to business development -- and some were. We need to rebuild what we have undone but we need business, the utilities, and others at the table. Wisconsin should again return to a place of environmental prominence with leaders of business standing side by side with leaders from the environmental communities. I talk to both sides every day and I promise there are many ready and willing to get this done. Let`s build a Wisconsin for our grandchildren...

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Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

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...

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GOP bill would give farm groups more control over Wisconsin livestock siting standards
Republican lawmakers are making a last-minute push to change the rules for siting the state`s largest livestock farms, giving state government more control over the process and granting agriculture groups considerably more power over changing the standards in the future.

Current standards were written into law in 2006 and have remained unchanged ever since. While the new bill wouldn`t initially make major adjustments to current standards, future changes would have to be approved or rejected by a panel of nine stakeholders, five of whom would be chosen from farm groups...

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Ken Notes: You do not need to read between the lines to realize this is designed to allow more CAFO`s and less regulation. We need to create a set of farm standards that take into account the impact of large industrial farms and allow family farms to compete. This is also an economic issue as small farms are not represented by many of the farm groups who are now funded by larger farms. I will once again suggest that digestor systems are now available that will produce a marketable gas product and can be used to heat the effluent to remove the pathogens that are now entering our wells, streams, and waterways...

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SCS Engineers

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Kaul objects to regs that could leave lead in Wisconsin drinking water

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday weighed in on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new position on lead line replacements.

The EPA’s proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) would give water utilities up to 33 years to replace lead lines that are problematic. Kaul joined with nine other attorneys general, including AGs from Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania in filing an objection to proposed amendments to the rule.

The original 1991 rule is facing its first major revision. Some proposed changes would strengthen the rule — such as requiring lead service line inventories and making them available to the public — while other changes would significantly weaken requirements...

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Green Bay Water Utility issues reminder on lead pipes

EPA Page on lead


Ken Notes: There is science and cost to consider here. Lead pipe is bad, but over the years the sediment deposits protect the water from lead contamination. When Flint changed it`s water source the deposits flaked off and the result was a disaster. We need to replace the pipe and some like Madison have, other can not afford to do this in one fell swoop, this the law creating a time line for replacement. We need to very closely monitor this and ensure we prioritize replacement where any lead is detected. Green Bay has some very good advise...

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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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Wisconsin high court approves Kohler golf course annexation
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The city of Sheboygan properly annexed land for a Kohler Co. golf course in 2017, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Company officials want to build the course on 250 acres (101 hectares) of undeveloped land along the Lake Michigan shoreline next to Kohler-Andrae State Park in the Town of Wilson in Sheboygan County. The company has owned the land for nearly 80 years.

The company asked the town for a conditional use permit for the course in 2014. The request stirred up opposition among town residents concerned about the environmental impact. With three of the town board’s five members opposed to the project, the company asked the city of Sheboygan to annex the property and adjacent land. The city’s Common Council passed an ordinance in 2017 annexing the property...

...Despite the ruling, the project remains tied up in the lower courts. The Friends of the Black River Forest are challenging the state Department of Natural Resources’ decision to issue the company wetland construction permits and to transfer 6.5 acres (2.6 hectares) of public land within Kohler-Andre State Park to the company for the project...


Ken Notes: I still like this project because Kohler is very protective of our coast, has given much to the State and region, and is very cautious regarding the development of their projects. This 250 acres could easily develop into dozens of McMansions with little or no respect for the shorline or region. We always need to consider plan B when fighting against plan A. Maybe we could get a public access trail along the lake that would be win win...

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McMahon Group
McMAHON provides full-service engineering and architectural services to public and private-sector clients. We are driven by a service-oriented philosophy to achieve client satisfaction on every project.

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New legislation to restrict use of PFAS, funding for research, testing

Bills restrict use of firefighting foams containing PFAS

State legislators proposed bills to limit the amount of polyfluoroalkyl substances in the environment.

Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, cosponsored Senate Bill 310 to create a framework for regulating PFAS, a broad category of chemicals associated with negative health impacts ranging from reduced fertility to cancer. The bill will add to legislation passed earlier this month that severely restricts the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS in non-emergency situations. It was passed by voice votes January 21, and is being reviewed by Gov. Tony Evers. ..


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Students speak about conservation, move to regional contest
Nine students from NorthStar Community Charter School, part of Northwood School, participated in the annual Conservation Speaking Contest on January 24 that was hosted by the Washburn County Land and Water Conservation Department. Speeches promoted the conservation of natural resources and the protection and enhancement of environmental quality.

Judges ranked two divisions of students for first through third place. The winners and speech titles are as follows...

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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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Wisconsin farmers impacted by climate crisis

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin’s environment is changing and it has some people concerned.

The League of Women Voters of La Crosse and the UW-La Crosse Environmental Studies Department hosted a public forum on Sunday.

The program was held in Dane County and broadcasted live at UWL....


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Miron Construction

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Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.

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All aboard! Wisconsin and Minnesota on track for improved passenger rail

Projects could bring "higher speed" rail to Wisconsin

A variety of railroad projects are coming together to greatly improve passenger service in Wisconsin, including “higher speed” rail.

They include: doubling daily service between St. Paul and Chicago; increasing the number of round-trip Milwaukee to Chicago trains from seven to 10; express service between Minneapolis and Duluth-Superior; and, already underway, more than $5 million in improvements to the Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station at General Mitchell International Airport, with completion expected in 2023...


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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

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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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Ken`s Electric Automotive Stories

 Elon Musk Has Changed Investors’ Views on the Electric Car


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Wisconsin Black Historical Society to honor woman for environmental activism

Wisconsin Black Historical Society will host the event on Feb. 17.


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How environmental and wetlands protection could lead to economic boons near Foxconn
MOUNT PLEASANT — Dave Giordano is tired of hearing about how environmental advocates want to block business growth.

Not only does that label get in the way of his work as executive director of the nonprofit Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, Giordano also believes it’s untrue.

“Years ago, we viewed this as an either-or situation … you can have economic growth or environmental protection,” said Giordano, who has led Root-Pike WIN for four years. That’s not the way it should be, he thinks. “We’re not an anti-development nonprofit. We look at smart development.”

Giordano points to the 120 properties in Mount Pleasant that are no longer in the Pike River’s “flood plain” (i.e. are no longer considered susceptible to flooding) thanks to a $20 million, 70-acre restoration project undertaken by the Village of Mount Pleasant in the mid-2000s.

Ken Notes: Good read...

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Some of our links... Many more at WDNGreen.com
Links we like supporting Wisconsin`s Environment and Business. More will follow each week...

USGBC Wisconsin
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The Water Council

WI Sustainable Business Council

Sustain Dane

Midwest Energy

Focus on Energy

Renew Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin


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Natural Heritage
Land Trust

University of Wisconsin Sustainable Management

USGBC Wisconsin

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Wisconsin and National Links for GREEN Resources
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Ideas for Consideration - Please forward, share and discuss!

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.

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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Development Matters with Ken Harwood
Each week Ken will review economic development, job creation, environmental trends, and social issues in the Wisconsin. He will try to discuss issues from a sound business perspective and he will encourage his guests to do the same. He will offer alternative solutions from experts, pundits, and politicians, and then examine the economic realities behind them.

Ken notes, "The idea is simple, if we can discuss problems and solutions without pointing fingers or calling each other names we may get Wisconsin back on track, because it has damn sure derailed over the years".

Ken brings decades of political experience and journalism to the table and will call on a long list of friends, colleagues, and associates to address ideas, solutions and funding on hundreds of issues facing Wisconsin today.

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