Environment

Environment
11:43 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Zap! How Many Fish are in the Milwaukee River?

The Ozaukee County Fish Passage team sets out to count fish in the Milwaukee River.
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence brings us the story of attempts to quantify how the fish population is doing on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County.

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Environment
11:33 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Local Take on International Push to Pedal or Walk to School

Just another day of bike commuting for this 7th grader.

Advocates hope to create more of a buzz around creating safe routes so kids can make a habit of walking or biking to school.

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Mining
11:26 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Leaders Balance Demands as Proposed Frac Sand Mines Queue Up

Trempealeau County is just one sand-rich place where mining drives deep divisions.

Stop in at a town or county meeting in western Wisconsin, and frac sand mining is likely to top the agenda - namely, balancing the demands of a mining operation with concerns of residents.

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Mining
7:36 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

What Makes a Frac Sand Mine Tick

Bluff gives way to frac sand mining.

We continue our exploration of frac sand mining that is sweeping western Wisconsin landscapes.

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Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Mining
7:08 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Superior Silica Sands mine occupies 135 acres in the Town of Auburn in Eau Claire County. Trucks carry the sand northeast to New Auburn where it is dried before being sent out by rail.

Gold rush mentality seems to reign as entrepreneurs race to mine silica sand - an essential element of  fracking.

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Mining
7:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Worker at Superior Silica Sands dry plant in New Auburn.

Frac sand mines are multiplying across western Wisconsin's agricultural landscape at a dizzying pace.  WUWM digs into the polarizing development.

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Environment
6:34 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Slipping Green into Rock

Rock the Green creator Lindsay Stevens Gardner (right) with director of sponsor and event management Corey Sutton. She's one of 250 volunteers who make the event happen.

Last year in Milwaukee, more than 7,000 people showed up for a new one-day music festival at Veterans Park in the midst of heavy rain and wind.  Organizers would like to think people were drawn to its mission - to create as little waste as possible during a concert.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

How Does Climate Change Affect the Life Cycle of Plants and Animals?

UWM Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz (left) and keynote speaker Steven Running of the University of Montana at this week's international conference on phenology hosted by UWM.
Credit Susan Bence

Leading scientists gather in Milwaukee to study the impact of climate on life cycles.

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