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This Weeks Articles...
Central Wisconsin Environmental Station offers fall family weeks through November
Dairy Innovation Hub researchers to study effects of manure management regulation in WI
Woodside Teacher Chosen As Wisconsin Environmental Educator Of The Year
It’s time to commit to 100% clean energy
Radical New Building Codes Could Help Madison Achieve Environmental Dreams, But at What Cost?
‘The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How We Can Advocate for Environmental Justice’
Judge denies key permit for Monroe County sand project; Meteor Timber sought to fill rare wetlands
Judge: Groups didn`t prove Line 3 construction could damage wetlands, streams
EPA Proposes Revised Cleanup Plan for Wisconsin Landfill and Recycling Site
Environmental groups call for PFAS testing in drinking water
Minnesota Supreme Court weighs whether new natural gas plant in Wisconsin needs further review
Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father`s anti-environment agenda
Wisconsin Chemical Company Fined by EPA for Air Pollution
AMHERST JUNCTION, Wis. (WSAW) - If you’re looking to get into the great outdoors during a weekend this fall, the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is holding family camps.
After all their camps were canceled this summer out of caution of COVID-19, CWES has been working hard to make the campsite a safe experience for families to enjoy this fall.
“I think families are looking for that opportunity to have social connection still and have great outdoor experiences,” Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Director Tom Quinn said...
...Information on how to sign up can be found on their website....more
Two Dairy Innovation Hub researchers are launching a study to learn about how manure management regulations are implemented and enforced across Wisconsin – and they want farmers` input.
Jeremy Foltz, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Marin Skidmore, a post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, are looking at the different ways manure regulations at both the state and county levels are being handled, how it effects water quality and its costs to farmers. The two spoke on a recent Dairy Stream podcast episode, hosted by Mike Austin and sponsored by Edge Dairy Cooperative and Dairy Business Association......more
Ken Notes: Yea! I hope they focus on the amount of water used to dilute waste and the distance from the source it is pumped. Also the photo is not the problem, the problem is not a wagon it is a hose...
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...
Peter Dargatz was nominated by parents, staff and community naturalists who pointed to his work creating a Forest Kindergarten.
Sussex, WI - Woodside Elementary School kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz was awarded Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) 2020 Formal Educator of the Year Award. He is being honored for his outstanding, ongoing effort in infusing environmental education into his teaching....more
WAEE is a statewide non-profit professional organization of environmental educators that supports environmental education through advocacy, networking and recognition. It is a member-based, professional community of individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds that promotes responsible environmental action, elevates voices for environmental justice and celebrates excellence in environmental education.
Our friends in the West are on fire. The Atlantic is raging and ripping through its neighboring states down south. Wisconsin communities across the state are coal-congested by air-polluting power plants powered by fossil fuels. And in recent years, our state has suffered from record flooding due to rapid climate change. The effects of climate change are much too real. And our energy dependence on fossil fuels continues to make matters even worse. By refusing to switch to 100% clean energy, we are refusing to put out these fires, stop these floods, and save our own people from long-lasting illness. 2020 has told us we are too late. Time is ticking and it’s only getting worse. It’s time to do what we can to prevent our home from a further hell. It’s time to commit to 100% clean energy...
A link to Companies that have committed to 100% renewable energy...
Ken Notes: I agree, BUT be careful business fears mandates and government control. The best solution is to have the companies make the commitment... And many have, Amazon, Apple, GM, Coca-Cola, Google... See the link I added above...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
New International Energy Conservation Code could help Madison achieve its dream of a green utopia, but it could make Madison’s housing crisis even worse.
Online voting results made the International Energy Conservation Code even more radical than MacIver first reported last year.
Will the State of Wisconsin Continue to Resist this Radical Agenda?
The City of Madison is green with envy after finding out it’s only the 64th greenest city in America, and some blame the state government for not getting on board.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) gave Madison a mere 22.5 points out of 100 possible on its 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard. The news came as a shock to a community that had just committed to a ten-year, $95 million plan to go carbon neutral.
Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at https://cahsseffect.org/events/.
According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism......more
Ken Notes: It is too bad that Environmental Issues have been places so far back in the current election cycle...
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.
Ken Notes: The only sure way to protect these lands is to get them into a land conservancy!
An administrative law judge said opponents of Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline did not prove construction of the project would harm wetlands and streams.
In a non-binding recommendation issued Friday, Judge James LaFave said the coalition of environmental and tribal groups failed to meet the burden of proof in a contested-case hearing on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s water permits over the summer and urged the MPCA commissioner to make the same finding when considering the 340-mile pipeline’s 401 certification, a permit awarded by a state`s regulators if the project`s impact on water falls within the state`s standard. The MPCA’s decision is due Nov. 14...
Ken Notes: I did suggest court is not the best place to settle these issues.
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 Lemberger Landfill and the Lemberger Transport & Recycling Superfund site in Whitelaw, Wisconsin has undergone five cleanup reviews since 1995.
The EPA proposed the modification of groundwater and waste cleanup at the Lemberger Landfill and Lemberger Transport & Recycling Superfund sites in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin on October 14....more
The agency wants to switch the groundwater cleanup for both sites from extracting and treating contaminated groundwater to a process called “monitored natural attenuation.” It is also proposed that the cleanup for waste materials be changed from “no further action” to requiring controls to be put in place to prevent future risk....
RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU-WXPR) – A group of 34 environmental and public health organizations is calling for the state to require public drinking water systems to test for PFAS.
PFAS are so-called “forever chemicals” linked to health risks, including cancer.
High levels of PFAS contamination were found in two Rhinelander wells last year, as well as in other water systems statewide. But there’s no mandate to test for them....
Ken Notes: I love and support many of these groups, but one more time - We need to focus on a treatment solution for PFAS that is cost effective....
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Minnesota Power wants to proceed with its plans without further environmental studies.
DULUTH – The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if state regulators must pursue a lengthy environmental review for a natural gas plant proposed in Wisconsin following arguments before the court Tuesday.
Duluth-based Minnesota Power intends to build the $700 million plant in Superior with Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative, which will split the cost and power generated. Wisconsin and Minnesota regulators have approved the plans, but in December the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled further environmental review is needed...
Ken Notes: I am confused, a Wisconsin Plant yet Minnesota court???
Environmental conservation and protection is one of the biggest challenges that people face today aside from climate change as a prevalent issue. However, Ivanka Trump’s sudden support for conserving trees was criticized, with her support being questioned amidst her father’s anti-environment agenda.
Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that would establish the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council. The council would be the United States’ contribution to protecting and restoring the environment. Ivanka then tweeted her support of the order....
Ken Notes: Rather than shoot the messengers, lets get the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council on the record and push for real action. we fail to use commitments made during campaigns to drive policy we support. When will we learn that to impact policy you need to be invited to the table... It is soo much easier to point fingers... Policy takes work...
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.
A Wisconsin chemical manufacturer agreed Thursday to pay a $480,503 civil penalty to resolve allegations it failed to monitor and capture hazardous air emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency alleged Cottage Grove, Wis.,-based Hydrite Chemical Co., violated the Clean Air Act by improperly emitting more than 4,166 pounds per month of hazardous pollutants....
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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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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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