Environment

Environment
3:59 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Jenny Kehl: A New Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl starts work this week as the director for the UWM Center for Water Policy. Kehl comes to Milwaukee from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she taught at the graduate level in public policy and political science. The position is part of UWM's graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sizzling Temperatures and No Rain Stress Fields and Streams

UW Extension expert says corn and soybeans can hold on a little bit longer, but rain is critical to a successful crop.

Wisconsin residents will be looking for relief from blistering heat over the next couple of days.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach the “triple digits”.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looked into a couple of “non human” ecosystems to see how they might cope with this rough patch of weather.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Sustaining Force Takes Shape in Walker's Point

People crowded onto street in Walker's Point Thursday night, to celebrate the official opening of the new Clock Shadow Building.

Attendees dug into freshly scooped ice cream and fresh cheese curds – both produced on site.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence stepped into the four-story structure to explore it unique elements.

Half the building that now stands atop a remediated brown field is made of repurposed material.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Dam on the Milwaukee River a Treasure to Many

Land preservation runs deep in the psyche of the Badger State, from Aldo Leopold to Gaylord Nelson.

Just north of Milwaukee, Ozaukee County is home to nearly 40 preserved parcels, but a group of volunteers fear these treasures remain “hidden” even to people who live nearby.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker Whispers Hopes of Refueling Mining Discussion

Gov Scott Walker is center stage at family owned manufacturer in Oak Creek

Scott Walker is not taking much time to drink in the sweetness of success after surviving a contentious recall campaign.

Early Wednesday, the Governor visited a small company in Oak Creek before heading to his office in Madison.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence stopped at the family-owned manufacturer to learn if Walker’s immediate plans are environmentally related.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Walking in Wisconsin for Clean Water Around the World

Andy Stenz is walking across Wisconsin, starting on Monday.

A Wisconsin photographer will soon set out on his latest project - but it doesn't involve apertures, zoom lenses, or F-stops. Andy Stenz of Waukesha will leave on Memorial Day to walk across Wisconsin in an effort to raise money for and awareness of the plight of people around the water who lack ready access to clean water.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Passport Designed to Transport Visitors to County Park Treasures

Heading south out of South Shore Park
Eddee Daniel

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hopes to lure visitors to the state’s natural spaces this weekend by offering open houses and “license-free” fishing.

The Milwaukee County Parks system is taking a different approach to highlighting its green spaces.

It will host a party Saturday at McKinley Park, kicking-off the parks system’s 105th anniversary.

The event will also launch a “passport” program designed to focus attention on the Oak Leaf Trail. It carries bikers and hikers to numerous county parks.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence hit a piece of the trail to witness one person’s approach to selling a parks system.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Estabrook Dam: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Estabrook Dam

It’s safe to say Estabrook Dam – that spans the Milwaukee River where Glendale and Shorewood meet – is crumbling. It’s also safe to say the dam is a source of controversy. Milwaukee County is responsible for the structure and plans to repair it – while environmentalists continue to press that it be permanently dismantled.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Creating a Bike Friendly Culture

Bike to Work Week commuters and coffe drinkers on the Oak Leaf Trail.

You MIGHT be noticing more bicyclist pedaling along trails and streets this week.

Some of the action could be attributed to fine spring weather.

Other cyclists are being nudged into motion by National Bike to Work Week.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence did a bit of biking and a lot of chatting to learn about the momentum behind creating a more “cycle friendly” city.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Sniffing Out Sewage Where It Doesn't Belong

Village of Shorewood is one of the communities that called on Sable and Logan to sniff out sewage.

Trained dogs assist with a variety of human endeavors.

Some guide people with vision impairments.

Police use other breeds to detect narcotics.

Now two trained dogs are busy in the Milwaukee area – sniffing out human waste in storm pipes.

The operation is part of the bigger effort underway here to prevent sewage from mixing with storm water.

The blend can end up in rivers and Lake Michigan during torrential rains.

However, scientists are finding sewage in storm sewers, even during fair weather – that’s where the dogs come in.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the canine brigade during its first Milwaukee area mission.

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