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Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt

Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt

Orders the DNR to set wolf quota to zero until department follows it's own rules.

DNR Orders JCI To Do More PFAS Testing

DNR Orders JCI To Do More PFAS Testing

State agency orders company to provide broader assessment of pollution.

Environmental Group Sues Natural Resources Board Chair for Records

Environmental Group Sues Natural Resources Board Chair for Records

Chair Fred Prehn refused to step down from board after Gov. Evers appointed a successor.

GOP Bill Would Allow Leasing of Solar Panels

GOP Bill Would Allow Leasing of Solar Panels

Energy utilities in Wisconsin oppose the bill.

Wisconsin Police Departments Struggle With Officer Retention

Wisconsin Police Departments Struggle With Officer Retention

City of Milwaukee lost 500 officers to retirement over past five years.

$100 Million in Stimulus Funds Awarded to Expand Broadband

$100 Million in Stimulus Funds Awarded to Expand Broadband

Public Service Commission awards stimulus funds for fiber projects in unserved or underserved areas.

Natural Gas Prices May Drive Heating Bills Up

Natural Gas Prices May Drive Heating Bills Up

Utilities customers will likely notice it's more expensive to heat their homes.

44% of Eau Claire Wells Closed With PFAS Contamination

44% of Eau Claire Wells Closed With PFAS Contamination

City closes seven out of 16 wells after testing for the harmful chemicals.

Wisconsin Vehicle Emissions Dropped During Lockdowns

Wisconsin Vehicle Emissions Dropped During Lockdowns

The DNR also found that the state's air quality in general is improving.

DNR Sets 130-Wolf Quota for Fall Hunt

DNR Sets 130-Wolf Quota for Fall Hunt

Department rejects 300-wolf quota set by the Natural Resources Board.

DNR Won’t Meet With Natural Resources Board in September

DNR Won’t Meet With Natural Resources Board in September

The Walker appointed chair of the board refuses to step down for Evers' appointee.

Drought Returns Lake Superior to Average Water Levels

Drought Returns Lake Superior to Average Water Levels

Lake has experienced historically high water levels for past seven years.

Groups Sue to Stop Fall Wolf Hunt

Groups Sue to Stop Fall Wolf Hunt

Animal rights groups argue state law mandating a hunt is unconstitutional.

Did Census Undercount State’s Native Americans?

Did Census Undercount State’s Native Americans?

Only minority group with no increase. Tribes fear pandemic caused undercount.

State Health Officials Expect Current COVID-19 Surge Will Worsen

State Health Officials Expect Current COVID-19 Surge Will Worsen

Surge is driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates.

Kaul Lawsuit Seeks to Force Walker Appointee Off DNR Board

Kaul Lawsuit Seeks to Force Walker Appointee Off DNR Board

Fred Prehn’s six-year term expired May 1. AG argues governor can remove him.

DNR Finds 92 New Waters Are ‘Impaired’

DNR Finds 92 New Waters Are ‘Impaired’

80% of state’s lakes and rivers are healthy, but number polluted continues to grow.

Ojibwe Tribes Blast State on Wolf Hunt

Ojibwe Tribes Blast State on Wolf Hunt

Natural Resources Board decision to increase quota ignores science, federal treaty rights, tribes charge.

Forest County Potawatomi Report COVID-19 Cases From Powwow

Forest County Potawatomi Report COVID-19 Cases From Powwow

Tribes urging anyone that may have been exposed to get tested.

Natural Resources Board Doubles Recommended Wolf Kill Quota

Natural Resources Board Doubles Recommended Wolf Kill Quota

DNR recommended 130 wolves for fall hunt, board approved 300.

Climate Change Is Already Unfolding in Wisconsin

Climate Change Is Already Unfolding in Wisconsin

The past decade was warmest, wettest on record. UN Report warns of irreversible climate change.

Western Wildfires Degrade Wisconsin Air Quality

Western Wildfires Degrade Wisconsin Air Quality

Climate Change linked to extreme heat and drought causing fires.

Secret Messages Cast Doubt on Approval of Controversial Transmission Line

Secret Messages Cast Doubt on Approval of Controversial Transmission Line

Regulators reject charges of bias, while the utility seeks a new application and decision.

DNR Takes On Water Quality Issues Despite Opposition From GOP, Industry

DNR Takes On Water Quality Issues Despite Opposition From GOP, Industry

The state regulator is launching a water quality awareness campaign.

Will Kaul Remove Natural Resources Board Chair?

Will Kaul Remove Natural Resources Board Chair?

Environmental groups push him to act. AG says law will guide his decision.

Gray Wolf Advocates Want Natural Resources Chair Gone

Gray Wolf Advocates Want Natural Resources Chair Gone

Chair of Natural Resources Board refuses to vacate seat after term expired. Board taking up wolf hunting policy.

Coastal Damage Costs State $245 Million

Coastal Damage Costs State $245 Million

Climate change causes extensive damage in 48 communities on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior.

Bill Could Reduce DNR’s Regulatory Authority Over PFAS

Bill Could Reduce DNR’s Regulatory Authority Over PFAS

Legislation would bar towns from suing polluters if they accept a cleanup grant.

Police Forces Use Virtual Reality Training

Police Forces Use Virtual Reality Training

Racine and Superior departments try new way to train officers to deescalate a crisis, use less force.

200 Communities Have Nitrate Polluted Drinking Water

200 Communities Have Nitrate Polluted Drinking Water

Study finds lower income communities in state, like Beloit, have pollution problem.

Regulators Halt Suburban Water Diversion Project

Regulators Halt Suburban Water Diversion Project

A project in Kenosha County would divert 1.2 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan.

Environmental Groups Seek to Intervene in PFAS Case

Environmental Groups Seek to Intervene in PFAS Case

State’s largest business group challenges DNR’s authority to require testing for toxic pollutant.

We Energies Will Offer Electric Charging Stations Program

We Energies Will Offer Electric Charging Stations Program

Gets PSC approval, joining four other utilities in state creating programs for electric car owners.

EPA Expands Smog Regulations

EPA Expands Smog Regulations

Environmental advocates, business lobby at odds over new rules.

Nearly Half of State’s Prison Population Vaccinated

Nearly Half of State’s Prison Population Vaccinated

Despite incarcerated people becoming eligible early on, vaccinations lagged in prisons.

Evers Appoints New Natural Resources Board Members, But Chair Won’t Leave

Evers Appoints New Natural Resources Board Members, But Chair Won’t Leave

The current chair won't leave until the Senate confirms his replacement, already appointed by the governor.

Judge Wants More Review of Back Forty Mine

Judge Wants More Review of Back Forty Mine

Another setback for controversial proposed mine along Wisconsin-Michigan border.

Utilities Spending $649 Million on State’s Largest Solar Project

Utilities Spending $649 Million on State’s Largest Solar Project

WEC Energy Group and MGE buying 465-megawatt Koshkonong Solar project.

State’s Air Quality Is Improving

State’s Air Quality Is Improving

But new report gives failing grades to six counties; Milwaukee among nation’s 25 worst cities for smog.

Gov. Evers Pledges To Plant 75 Million Trees By 2031

Gov. Evers Pledges To Plant 75 Million Trees By 2031

Evers issues executive order to conserve 125,000 new acres of forest land.

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Environmental groups challenge 2011 law limiting state DNR’s rules to protect groundwater.

State’s Local Governments Getting $2.3 Billion

State’s Local Governments Getting $2.3 Billion

Must create plans to spend federal pandemic aid on COVID-19 response and economic losses.

Regulators OK Utilities’ Plan For Past Due Bills

Regulators OK Utilities’ Plan For Past Due Bills

Deferred payments and payment plans for 93,000 customers facing disconnection.

DNR Secretary Says PFAS Efforts Need Funding

DNR Secretary Says PFAS Efforts Need Funding

PFAS identification and cleanup and public land purchases are budget priorities for the agency.

High Capacity Wells Draining State Lakes

High Capacity Wells Draining State Lakes

Study finds wells reduced lake levels by up to 3 feet on three lakes in Central Sands region.

Business Lobby Sues DNR Over PFAS Testing

Business Lobby Sues DNR Over PFAS Testing

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce sues agency for sampling wastewater for PFAS.

Madison Utility To Become State’s Solar Star

Madison Utility To Become State’s Solar Star

Alliant Energy plans to become largest owner, operator of solar power in Wisconsin.

Lake Michigan’s Deep Waters Warming

Lake Michigan’s Deep Waters Warming

NOAA study finds water 500 feet deep is warming in winter from climate change.

Plan Would Restore Great Lakes Wetlands

Plan Would Restore Great Lakes Wetlands

Audubon plan restores 300,000 coastal acres to benefit birds, including areas in Wisconsin.

Utility Moratorium Ending April 15th

Utility Moratorium Ending April 15th

Utilities report thousands of homes and businesses could have utilities disconnected.

State Regulators Investigating How To Reach 100% Clean Energy

State Regulators Investigating How To Reach 100% Clean Energy

The Public Service Commission plans to develop a roadmap to carbon-free energy production.

WI Conservation Congress Debates Carbon Fee

WI Conservation Congress Debates Carbon Fee

Some members fear it’s straying from mission to advise state agencies on natural resources management.

More Requests for Lake Michigan Water Coming?

More Requests for Lake Michigan Water Coming?

Village of Somers’ diversion request may be followed by others from area, expert says.

Renewable Energy Group Sues State Regulators

Renewable Energy Group Sues State Regulators

Midwest Renewable Energy Association says state creates barriers to alternative energy.

Not Enough Ice! Apostle Islands Caves Closed

Not Enough Ice! Apostle Islands Caves Closed

Temperatures not cold enough for safe access this winter.

Evers Budget Has Green Goals

Evers Budget Has Green Goals

Significant investment to combat climate change, protect public land.

Utilities Plan $400 Million Solar Project

Utilities Plan $400 Million Solar Project

WEC Energy Group and Madison utility to partner on solar and battery storage project in Kenosha County

State Prisons Badly Short of Staff

State Prisons Badly Short of Staff

15% of staff positions in state unfilled, up to 40% at Waupun prison.

Suit Opposes Waukesha-Milwaukee Water Plan

Suit Opposes Waukesha-Milwaukee Water Plan

Tiny Village of Waukesha seeks to stop extension of pipe through village limits.

Conservative Lawsuit Demands a Wolf Hunt

Conservative Lawsuit Demands a Wolf Hunt

Hunter Nation says the rights of its 20,000 members violated by state ruling against wolf hunting.

Report: Pandemic Decimated Casino Revenues for Tribes, State
Report

Pandemic Decimated Casino Revenues for Tribes, State

Tribal governments forced to make budget cuts for services and healthcare.

Lake Michigan Ice Cover Near Record Low

Lake Michigan Ice Cover Near Record Low

Winter ice cover on Great Lakes declining 5% per decade.

State Board Approves Sulfide Mining Rules

State Board Approves Sulfide Mining Rules

Natural Resources Board requires companies to pay more for permits, notify nearby tribes of any proposal.

Evers Seeks Private Firm’s Aid on Pollution

Evers Seeks Private Firm’s Aid on Pollution

Outside law firm would help state prosecute companies responsible for PFAS contamination.

State Board Won’t Allow Wolf Hunting

State Board Won’t Allow Wolf Hunting

Natural Resources Board votes against resuming hunt, citing science, rejecting GOP legislators' request.

Legislators Allowed to Contest DNR Decisions

Legislators Allowed to Contest DNR Decisions

State Supreme Court allows them to intervene in cases challenging DNR rulings to protect water.

$858 Million Asian Carp Prevention Project Starting

$858 Million Asian Carp Prevention Project Starting

Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois are trying to stop the carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Judge Denies Permit for Back Forty Mine

Judge Denies Permit for Back Forty Mine

Controversial mine along Wisconsin’s border could have significant environmental consequences.

430,000 Wisconsinites Lack Broadband Access

430,000 Wisconsinites Lack Broadband Access

State is 36th in rural access to high-speed internet, with gaps in Waukesha, Racine counties, report finds.

Wisconsin Transitioning To Solar Energy

Wisconsin Transitioning To Solar Energy

Solar projects actively under development will generate 7% of the state's power.

Pandemic Prevents Annual Bald Eagle Survey

Pandemic Prevents Annual Bald Eagle Survey

State has surveyed rare birds annually since 1973. Not this year.

EPA Requires Lead Testing for Schools, Day Cares

EPA Requires Lead Testing for Schools, Day Cares

But fails to speed up removal of lead lines. A “heart breaking failure,” critics charge.

Congress Extends Great Lakes Cleanup Funds

Congress Extends Great Lakes Cleanup Funds

Bipartisan effort passes 5 years of funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Shirley Abrahamson Dies at Age 87

Shirley Abrahamson Dies at Age 87

She was first woman and longest serving justice on Wisconsin Supreme Court.

GOP Lawmakers Strip Emergency PFAS Rule

GOP Lawmakers Strip Emergency PFAS Rule

Committee votes to eliminate targets for safe levels of the harmful forever chemical.

Commission Clears Regulatory Hurdle for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Commission Clears Regulatory Hurdle for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Utilities will no longer have to run pilot programs for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

GOP Lawmakers Target DNR’s PFAS Regulatory Power

GOP Lawmakers Target DNR’s PFAS Regulatory Power

A Republican backed bill would remove rules for acceptable levels of harmful forever chemicals.

State PFAS Plan Would Charge Polluters

State PFAS Plan Would Charge Polluters

Testing public water supplies for "forever chemicals,” then charging polluters to clean up contaminated sites.

Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Grants will go to businesses that didn't qualify during previous rounds.

Biden Climate Change Plan Could Impact State

Biden Climate Change Plan Could Impact State

Wisconsin could add 162,000 jobs, boost economy by $14 billion by transitioning to renewable energy.

COVID-19 Surging in State Prisons

COVID-19 Surging in State Prisons

More than 1,700 staff and one-third of all inmates have tested positive. Loved ones struggle to get information.

Cities Across State Facing “Painful” Budgets

Cities Across State Facing “Painful” Budgets

Pandemic slashes revenue streams for cities large and small.

Circuit Courts Limit In-Person Proceedings

Circuit Courts Limit In-Person Proceedings

At least five counties have taken actions to suspend jury trials or limit in-person hearings.

DNR Wants Johnson Controls to Test More Fish for PFAS

DNR Wants Johnson Controls to Test More Fish for PFAS

Some ponds have fish with levels of PFAS that would require restrictions on eating fish.

New Groundwater Standards Proposed

New Groundwater Standards Proposed

State officials recommend standards for 16 PFAS chemicals and 6 pesticides.

WEC Will Retire Half of Oak Creek Power Plant

WEC Will Retire Half of Oak Creek Power Plant

1,800 megawatt plant will be replaced with clean energy, natural gas.

Corrections Officials Reveal COVID-19 Deaths

Corrections Officials Reveal COVID-19 Deaths

5 deaths in first such report; 20% of state’s prison inmates have disease.

State’s Polluted Drinking Water Causing Cancer?

State’s Polluted Drinking Water Causing Cancer?

Report finds nitrate pollution may cause cancer, birth problems, up to $80 million per year in medical costs.

DNR Faces Biggest Pollution Case Ever

DNR Faces Biggest Pollution Case Ever

PFAS pollution in Marinette area requires largest, most complex cleanup in state history.

All Utilities Can’t Disconnect Service Until Spring

All Utilities Can’t Disconnect Service Until Spring

New moratorium bars shutting off water, power and heat.

County Sales Tax Revenues Hold Steady

County Sales Tax Revenues Hold Steady

Revenues down in urban counties like Milwaukee, up in some rural and vacation areas.

EPA Unveils New Lead Regulations

EPA Unveils New Lead Regulations

But critics say allowable lead levels for drinking water are too high.

City Dwellers Consider Move to Rural Areas

City Dwellers Consider Move to Rural Areas

North Woods home sales are hot. Realtor says sales related to pandemic, others not sure.

13% of Wells Near JCI Site Have Elevated PFAS Levels

13% of Wells Near JCI Site Have Elevated PFAS Levels

The company said a majority of wells had levels below state, federal threshold.

Maintenance is Nearly 70% of State Parks Capital Budget

Maintenance is Nearly 70% of State Parks Capital Budget

DNR requesting $69 million for maintenance and repairs.

Utility Disconnection Moratorium Extended to November

Utility Disconnection Moratorium Extended to November

But starting Nov. 1, your water could be shut off.

99% of State Public Water Meets Standards

99% of State Public Water Meets Standards

But new report finds more than 300 water systems unsafe, violate federal standards.

58% of Key Great Lakes Wetlands Unprotected

58% of Key Great Lakes Wetlands Unprotected

Study identifies most important coastal wetlands to preserve marsh birds, habitat on Great Lakes.

2/3rds of State’s Fire Departments Stock Foam With PFAS

2/3rds of State’s Fire Departments Stock Foam With PFAS

More than half have used the firefighting foam that contains the harmful substance.

Missouri Men Arrested in Kenosha for Illegal Guns

Missouri Men Arrested in Kenosha for Illegal Guns

Two men traveled to Kenosha, illegally armed, in response to unrest.

COVID-19 Outbreak at Green Bay Prison

COVID-19 Outbreak at Green Bay Prison

More than 250 inmates tested positive at the maximum-security prison.

Utility Shut Off Moratorium Extended

Utility Shut Off Moratorium Extended

Wisconsin residents have until Oct. 1 before disconnections start.

WEC Pledges to be Carbon-Neutral by 2050

WEC Pledges to be Carbon-Neutral by 2050

Company says it will spend $900 million on renewable energy over the next four years.

Arsenic, PFAS Contaminated Water Spill in Marinette

Arsenic, PFAS Contaminated Water Spill in Marinette

A Johnson Controls subsidiary spilled contaminated water into Menominee River.

Warm Lake Waters Signal Coming Algal Blooms

Warm Lake Waters Signal Coming Algal Blooms

Conditions are ripe for blooms of harmful blue-green algae.

Report Pushes State Transition to Clean Energy

Report Pushes State Transition to Clean Energy

Wisconsin trails surrounding states in renewable energy. Report lists changes needed to catch up.

Moratorium Extended for Utility Disconnection

Moratorium Extended for Utility Disconnection

State regulators voted to extend the moratorium Through Sept. 1.

Climate Change May Help Asian Carp Thrive in Lake Michigan

Climate Change May Help Asian Carp Thrive in Lake Michigan

Left unchecked, warming will eliminate some of the carp's competition for food, study says.

AG Creates Task Force Investigating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

AG Creates Task Force Investigating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Native women are three times more likely to be murdered than white women, research shows.

DNR Will Draft Regulations on Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

DNR Will Draft Regulations on Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

The agency got the go-ahead from the state's Natural Resources Board.

Clean Energy Jobs Hard Hit by Pandemic

Clean Energy Jobs Hard Hit by Pandemic

Steadily growing industry saw thousands of job losses.

State Tribes Are Reopening Casinos

State Tribes Are Reopening Casinos

After big losses in revenue, many reopening with emphasis on social distancing, requiring masks.

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Bills banning police use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants part of legislative package.

Utilities On Track to Cut Emissions 40%

Utilities On Track to Cut Emissions 40%

That’s by 2026. And many aim for 80% cut by 2050, according to state Public Service Commission report.

Utility Disconnection Moratorium Ending

Utility Disconnection Moratorium Ending

Starting July 1st, utilities can charge late fees and disconnect services.

Wisconsin Leads 22-State Coalition on PFAS

Wisconsin Leads 22-State Coalition on PFAS

They support federal standards to prevent ‘forever chemicals” from polluting drinking water.

Great Lakes Hitting Record Water Levels

Great Lakes Hitting Record Water Levels

Lake Michigan hits new high in May, high levels expected for six months.

Tropical Storm Will Hit Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Will Hit Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Cristobal could bring two to three inches of rain Tuesday afternoon.

State Campgrounds Reopening June 10

State Campgrounds Reopening June 10

Restrooms open, but playgrounds and concessions remain closed.

213 Waupun Inmates Have COVID-19

213 Waupun Inmates Have COVID-19

18% of 1,181 inmates tested positive, along with 15 staff members at prison.

Circuit Courts Planning For Re-Opening

Circuit Courts Planning For Re-Opening

Many in-person proceedings have been suspended since March.

Many Will Have a Virtual Memorial Day

Many Will Have a Virtual Memorial Day

War Memorial Center cancels events. Others scaling back or moving events online.

Alliant Energy Closing Sheboygan Coal Plant

Alliant Energy Closing Sheboygan Coal Plant

Part of utility's plan to transition to solar, clean energy.

Manufacturer Finds No PFAS In Most Wells

Manufacturer Finds No PFAS In Most Wells

Fire fighting foam maker tested wells in Marinette County. DNR says more tests needed.

State Hygiene Lab Seeks Antibody Test Data

State Hygiene Lab Seeks Antibody Test Data

Data may help measure spread of immunity.

Kaul Backs DNR On High Capacity Wells

Kaul Backs DNR On High Capacity Wells

Reverses opinion by former AG Brad Schimel; Supreme Court to rule on whether DNR can weigh environmental impact of wells.

State Gets Federal Help with COVID-19 Supplies

State Gets Federal Help with COVID-19 Supplies

But barriers remain, supplies still fall way short, particularly N95 respirator masks.

Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

Ex-governor tells far-right Breitbart News he’s concerned about citizens’ civil liberties.

Green Bay Meatpacking Plant Shut Down

Green Bay Meatpacking Plant Shut Down

JBS USA announces temporary shutdown. 189 cases of COVID-19 traced to plant.

Federal Regulators Target State’s Meatpackers

Federal Regulators Target State’s Meatpackers

Wisconsin has 5 meatpacking plants where workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Over 300 COVID-19 Cases At Long Term Care Facilities

Over 300 COVID-19 Cases At Long Term Care Facilities

Nearly 100 reported cases at group homes, homeless shelters.

Environmental Enforcement Down in Midwest

Environmental Enforcement Down in Midwest

New report finds declining enforcement, spending and staff in six Great Lakes states.

Utilities May Recover Pandemic-Related Costs

Utilities May Recover Pandemic-Related Costs

PSC allows them to track expenses due to state order barring disconnections for non-payment.

Larson Concedes to Crowley in Tight Race

Larson Concedes to Crowley in Tight Race

Crowley will be first African American Milwaukee County Executive elected in history.

State Businesses Providing PPE Supplies

State Businesses Providing PPE Supplies

Jockey International, Charter NEX Films and Franzen Graphics among companies making protective products for pandemic.

State DNR Forges Ahead on ‘Forever Chemicals’

State DNR Forges Ahead on ‘Forever Chemicals’

Despite pandemic, regulators continue work on enforcement standards for PFAS in drinking water.

State Prisons Seek More Protective Gear

State Prisons Seek More Protective Gear

Corrections department also releases holds on 1,148 nonviolent misdemeanor offenders to reduce spread of disease.

Can Sanders Win Wisconsin?

Can Sanders Win Wisconsin?

Youth vote carried him to victory in 2016 primary. 2020 could be different.

State Adds 12 New Circuit Court Branches

State Adds 12 New Circuit Court Branches

Bill signed by Gov. Evers makes first additions in a decade.

Metro Groundwater Has Rising Radium Levels

Metro Groundwater Has Rising Radium Levels

Study finds high radium levels in southern Wisconsin’s well water, including Brookfield, Sussex, Waukesha.

State Seeks to Regulate Coal Ash

State Seeks to Regulate Coal Ash

DNR seeks federal EPA approval to regulate utilities' coal ash landfills, ponds.

Johnson Controls Must Expand Inspection of PFAS Pollution

Johnson Controls Must Expand Inspection of PFAS Pollution

DNR requiring the company to look further for pollution from forever chemicals.

Coal Shipping Down, Wind Cargo Surges

Coal Shipping Down, Wind Cargo Surges

Utilities have retired 546 coal-fired plants while shipping of wind turbines sets record.

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push $10M Clean Water Fund

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push $10M Clean Water Fund

Trust fund would support clean water projects, though a cash source for the fund remains uncertain.

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Nationwide homelessness is increasing. Meanwhile, state lawmakers argue over funding to combat the issue.

Senate Debates PFAS in Firefighting Foam

Senate Debates PFAS in Firefighting Foam

Republican plan to ban it far too narrow in scope, Democrats argue.

2019 Sets Record, State’s Wettest Year

2019 Sets Record, State’s Wettest Year

4 of the state's 5 wettest years ever recorded were in the last decade.

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

Funding decline of 36% from 2008-2018, biggest in U.S., Walker helped drive change.

Kaul Opposes Enbridge Oil Pipeline

Kaul Opposes Enbridge Oil Pipeline

Wisconsin attorney general backs Michigan against oil pipeline through Great Lakes waters.

We Energies Trails on Solar, Wind

We Energies Trails on Solar, Wind

Other utilities in state have far higher percentage of energy coming from renewable energy.

PSC Approves Rate Hike for We Energies

PSC Approves Rate Hike for We Energies

But lower than requested. CUB says agreement with two utilities will save rate payers $100 million.

Few Local Water Systems Test for PFAS

Few Local Water Systems Test for PFAS

DNR says 2 of 125 treatment plants in state submitted results for toxic PFAS chemicals.

Port Milwaukee Shipping Up in 2019

Port Milwaukee Shipping Up in 2019

Among a number of Great Lakes ports shipping more cargo, despite tariffs.

DNR Finds 120 New Waters Impaired

DNR Finds 120 New Waters Impaired

Still, that’s half the number listed as impaired two years ago.

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bipartisan legislation funds merit based pay increases for public defenders.

The Rise of Automated Breathalyzer Tests

The Rise of Automated Breathalyzer Tests

Many counties using automated kiosks to conduct court-mandated alcohol screening.

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Directs DNR to create standards for drinking, surface water on PFAS chemicals.

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

We Energies, other utilities could help Evers meet goal of carbon neutral state by 2050.

More Damage From Rising Great Lakes Water?

More Damage From Rising Great Lakes Water?

Army Corps of Engineers forecasts high Great Lakes water levels that could cause significant shoreline damage.

Mine Approved Despite Environmental Concerns

Mine Approved Despite Environmental Concerns

Aguila Resources could mine gold, zinc near Wisconsin-Michigan border.

Study Warns Asian Carp Could Thrive

Study Warns Asian Carp Could Thrive

Invasive fish could survive throughout Lake Michigan if introduced here, new research finds.

DNR Wants Local Tests for PFAS

DNR Wants Local Tests for PFAS

Asks 125 wastewater treatment plants to test for chemicals linked to health problems.

$831 Million Plan Aims to Stop Asian Carp

$831 Million Plan Aims to Stop Asian Carp

Representatives of Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces discussing partnership.

New DNR Staff Will Probe Pollution

New DNR Staff Will Probe Pollution

Added scientists will look at impact of “forever chemicals” contamination by Tyco company.

Great Lakes Hitting Record Water Levels

Great Lakes Hitting Record Water Levels

Lake Erie and Lake Ontario hit highest level ever recorded, Lake Michigan nears record.

Great Lakes Ports Tracking Gas Emissions

Great Lakes Ports Tracking Gas Emissions

One-third of U.S. and Canadian ports, including Milwaukee, now track their greenhouse gas impact.

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Region’s governors, Canadian premiers meet next month about preventing carp invasion.

Great Lakes Mayors Want Action on Asian Carp

Great Lakes Mayors Want Action on Asian Carp

Call on Congress to fund lock and dam to prevent carp from getting into Great Lakes.

State Sees Growth in Wind Power

State Sees Growth in Wind Power

Drop in prices, interest by utilities driving increase in new wind power projects.

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Funding for preserving land has been slashed by 61% in last 12 years. State Sen Tiffany wants more cuts.

State Gets $61 Million in EPA Grants

State Gets $61 Million in EPA Grants

$43 million for state’s Clean Water program and $18.7 million for Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

Great Lakes Water Levels Surging

Great Lakes Water Levels Surging

Record water levels expected over next six months.

Kaul Sides With Environmentalists in Cases

Kaul Sides With Environmentalists in Cases

Attorney General reverses DOJ position on lawsuits over dairy farm expansion, high-capacity wells.

Trump Policies on Great Lakes Opposed

Trump Policies on Great Lakes Opposed

Conservation groups resist proposed changes in wetland, stream protections, note impact on Great Lakes.

St. Croix Chippewa Accused of Embezzling

St. Croix Chippewa Accused of Embezzling

National Indian Gaming Commission charges state tribe with embezzling $1.5 million from casino revenue.

DNR Investigating Dogs Killed by Poison

DNR Investigating Dogs Killed by Poison

Dogs, coyotes, other wildlife were poisoned on public lands in Northern Wisconsin.

State’s Representatives Split on Mueller Report

State’s Representatives Split on Mueller Report

Republicans, Democrats divided on what it says about Trump but most back transparency.

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Average grad has $30,000 in debt, state's total student debt is $24 billion.

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

State gets “F” grade for not preventing lead in schools’ drinking water. But lead paint still biggest issue.

Baldwin, Sensenbrenner Back Trails Bill

Baldwin, Sensenbrenner Back Trails Bill

Bipartisan effort to elevate two state scenic trails, join them to National Park Service.

Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

Expansion of broadband key issue for small towns, rural areas.

Brrr! Lake Superior Reaches 91% Ice Cover

Brrr! Lake Superior Reaches 91% Ice Cover

And still growing, compared to its 50% average winter cover.

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Waiting for report from Thompson, he says, but expects gas tax will be included.

Nursing Homes Need 16,000 Workers

Nursing Homes Need 16,000 Workers

New report says state’s nursing facilities face funding shortfalls, worker shortages.

Coalition Seeks More Criminal Justice Funding

Coalition Seeks More Criminal Justice Funding

Criminal justice agencies and associations say their budget proposal will improve system.

State Members of Congress Differ on Shutdown

State Members of Congress Differ on Shutdown

Republicans support Trumps’s call for a wall, Democrats push to end shutdown, fund government agencies.

Tariffs Affecting Great Lakes Ports

Tariffs Affecting Great Lakes Ports

Port Milwaukee’s traffic was down in 2018, but other ports in state see an increase.

UW-Extension Sees Historic Faculty Turnover

UW-Extension Sees Historic Faculty Turnover

One quarter of faculty left the system in 2018.

More Oil Will Flow Through State

More Oil Will Flow Through State

Wisconsin a “guinea pig” for huge increase in oil by Enbridge pipelines, critics charge.

Earth As Hot as 3 Million Years Ago?

Earth As Hot as 3 Million Years Ago?

UW researchers say earth could be as hot as Pliocene period by 2030s.

15 Great Lakes Sites At Risk for Oil Spills

15 Great Lakes Sites At Risk for Oil Spills

Binational science advisory board report shows potential for damage from crude oil spills.

Great Lakes Compact Council Passes Changes

Great Lakes Compact Council Passes Changes

But region’s mayors, native tribes, call for more input on water withdrawals.

Climate Report Sees Trouble for Farmers

Climate Report Sees Trouble for Farmers

Higher temperatures, more frequent, intense rains could reduce agricultural production in Midwest.

Audit of State’s Voting Equipment Launched

Audit of State’s Voting Equipment Launched

Elections Commission will audit sample, 5% of wards, due to election security concerns.

Candidates Not Stressing Climate Change

Candidates Not Stressing Climate Change

As scientists warn of consequences, what do Walker, Evers, Baldwin, Vukmir say?

Walker, Evers On Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Woes

Walker, Evers On Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Woes

Evers says lack of local input and DNR scientists are root cause of drinking water problems

Cities Seek Climate Change Solutions

Cities Seek Climate Change Solutions

Milwaukee, Madison, Superior move toward solar and storm-sewer solutions.

State Quietly Hiked Water Diversion in 2010

State Quietly Hiked Water Diversion in 2010

Tripled Pleasant Prairie’s allowable diversion of Lake Michigan water, greater than planned Foxconn diversion.

Trump Tariffs Hurt Milwaukee Port

Trump Tariffs Hurt Milwaukee Port

Corn exports decimated, steel imports a concern.

Cruise Ships Will Tour the Great Lakes

Cruise Ships Will Tour the Great Lakes

Including a stop in Milwaukee. Tourism agencies pushing for more cruise lines to consider tours.

Close Dark Store Loophole, Campaign Urges

Close Dark Store Loophole, Campaign Urges

County, municipal representatives say loophole shifts property taxes from big box stores to homeowners.

Clean Wisconsin Sues EPA Over Smog Rules

Clean Wisconsin Sues EPA Over Smog Rules

Advocacy group says federal government too lax on smog in state’s “non-attainment” areas.

Solar Group Buys On The Rise

Solar Group Buys On The Rise

North Woods area embracing cheaper renewable energy.

State Awards $2.4 Million For Opioid Treatment

State Awards $2.4 Million For Opioid Treatment

Grants were given to select counties and tribes to improve access to treatment.

Apostle Islands Have Worst Microplastic Pollution

Apostle Islands Have Worst Microplastic Pollution

Study of 35 national parks, 37 coastal beaches finds most contamination in Lake Superior sand.