This Weeks Articles...
Public hearings set for livestock siting rule revisions
Miltrim first farm designated in the Clear Water Farms program
Wisconsin DNR Requests Wastewater Treatment Plants to Test for "Forever" Chemicals
Renew Wisconsin, WE Energies Announce Solar Settlement
Environmental Head Announces $2M Program To Clean Great Lakes Shorelines
Bavaria trip to reveal how business, environment co-exist
Officials, advocates push for new groundwater study in western Wisconsin
New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change
OPINION: Lake County residents, businesses are ‘underwater literally’ because of Foxconn development
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) unanimously voted on July 10, to move a draft of ATCP 51, the Department`s livestock siting rule, forward for public comment. If adopted by local municipalities, this rule provides uniform guidance on regulating livestock operations in their communities.
The rule went into effect in 2006 and has not been updated since.“This vote is a positive step forward in the process to update Wisconsin`s livestock siting regulations," stated DATCP Secretary Brad Pfaff. “Our Department staff and many industry partners have been working on this rule for years, in both the current and previous administrations... ...more
Ken Notes: It is so important to update these and do a comprehensive review of CAFOs which are systemically destroying small farms and using old rules to discharge mass amounts of manure. This is like saying you can build a brand new city and treat the waste with a septic system.
I remain a strong advocate for requiring CAFOs to digest and/or heat their effluent to eliminate the pathogens and reduce unnecessary phosphorus (bacteria or nitrates). This is being done right here in Wisconsin, it IS affordable and it works...
A Marathon County dairy farm will be the first in North America to receive an environmental certification for responsible handling of water resources.
Miltrim Farms Inc. is a large-scale dairy farm near Athens. The farm milks about 1,800 cows and grows crops on about 400 acres of land. It’s a family operation, founded in 1988, that has grown through the years.
Its owners also try to be conscious of its environmental impact, said general manager David Trimner...
..."In the long run," he said, "our ultimate goal is to maintain a healthy planet and a healthy earth. That`s obviously what we want, particularly in our little area of Marathon County."......more
Ken Notes: See clean water farming is out there it just takes the effort!!!
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources asked 125 municipal wastewater treatment systems, including Milwaukee`s, to begin investigating for the presence of a group of chemical contaminants that pose health hazards to humans.
The agency is asking operators of treatment plans to trace potential sources of contamination from a suite of compounds that are coming under growing scrutiny, known as "forever" chemicals because of their ability to persist in the environment for long periods of time...
Published August 23, 2018...more
Ken Notes: The problem here is that we need to have affordable solutions in place for what we find. We do not want to get to far ahead of EPA or we will pay for solutions they already have in their budget. I hope we are we are in a position to work with the feds and demonstrate proactive solutions. Also we need to prioritize our problems because solving one and ignoring others is not in our best interest.
We Energies and RENEW Wisconsin recently announced a settlement agreement regarding solar energy and customer-owned generation.
With the agreement, We Energies will no longer pursue a solar fixed-cost recovery charge as part of its rate review with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and RENEW Wisconsin agrees to support an upcoming We Energies utility-scale solar project......more
Ken Notes: Good I hate it when my friends fight. Beers in Albany on me!...
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.
Official: Removing Trash From US Waterways Is EPA Priority
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $2 million grant program to clean up the shorelines and waters of the Great Lakes.
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler during an appearance Friday in Cleveland said the grants will be available to state and local governments, nonprofit groups and universities for cleanup programs.
Wheeler said removing trash from United States waterways is an EPA priority...
Ken Notes: See - problem, solution and funding can work together...
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will lead a delegation of governmental, environmental and business leaders to Bavaria this month to study opportunities made available by the passage of Wisconsin’s new "Green Tier" legislation.
Green Tier is a Wisconsin initiative that seeks to improve both environmental and economic gain by encouraging and allowing responsible companies to improve their environmental performance while boosting productivity and cutting costs. German regulators and businesses have been working cooperatively for years in ways that mirror Wisconsin’s Green Tier legislation. In fact, the legislation borrowed ideas from Bavaria...
Ken Notes: I hope they visit the extensive network of digestors in the region.
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...
As communities continue to grapple with issues surrounding clean drinking water, advocates in three western Wisconsin counties are looking to secure funding to mount the area’s first expansive groundwater study.
The effort, called the Driftless Area Water Study, would sample wells in Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties — a part of the state defined by its karst geology, where thin soil overlays fractured bedrock, conditions allowing pollutants to more easily enter the groundwater.
The push comes as a separate survey, the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study, has wrapped up its first phase of testing of more than 800 wells in nearby Iowa, Grant and Lafayette counties....
Ken Notes: and on a similar note we have bacteria or nitrates where we know the source. Alas the (lobbying) force is strong with this one, These aren’t the droids (farms) you’re looking for...
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He’s been the state’s chief environmental advocate for only seven months, but Preston Cole wants big changes.
In a WisconsinEye interview, Cole called for action to confront groundwater contamination, replace lead-lined pipes that bring water to homes in 130 communities, a return to science-based decisions, and for Wisconsin to lead on handling climate change.
A former Milwaukee city official with a college degree in forestry management, Cole is running DNR while he waits on the state Senate to confirm him. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tapped him to run DNR, but former Republican Gov. Scott Walker appointed him to DNR’s governing board in 2007.
Cole called groundwater contamination Wisconsin’s “number one” environmental and public health problem.
“People are worried,” he said. “About 1.7 million people get their water from 800,000 private wells......more
Ken Notes: he has clearly hit the ground running and 10 years on the board has given him a clear understanding of the system...
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.
Four to 6 inches of black water, tainted with grease and human waste, filled the basement kitchen and party room of Libertyville-based Pizzeria Deville.
It was July 12, 2017, the day after 7 inches of rainfall had swamped the area, and while owner John Durning said the initial cause was thought to be a freak storm combined with an ill-equipped sewer system, that was only part of the problem...
Ken Notes: This title is blatantly false! This area flooded in the past long before Foxconn and with far less rainfall. This is finger pointing of the worst kind....
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