Danielle Kaeding

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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.