Environment

Environment
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bike to School Day

a wet walk - and bike - to school in Bay View

WUWM's environmental reporter Susan Bence met some students taking part in the first-ever National Bike to School Day, which actually encourages kids to bike or walk to school. She caught up with the kids from Fernwood Montessori, located just east of the intersection of Kinnickinnic and Oklahoma.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Lake Sturgeon's New Lease on Life

Sturgeon, the prehistoric-looking fish that indeed, dates back thousands of years, were on the verge of disappearing from Wisconsin's waterways, due to overfishing and environmental factors. But the efforts of many, including fish biologists and conservationists, have led to a sturgeon comeback.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Milwaukee Drinking Water Ranks High on EPA Quality List

Milwaukee Water Works releases its annual water quality report.
Credit Photo courtesy of clickr.com purpleslog

The City of Milwaukee’s drinking water gets high marks when it comes to “quality”.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires every public water supplier around the country to publish its annual report.

Thousands of Milwaukee water customers will soon find the report tucked in with monthly bills.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned a bit more about what it takes to provide safe, drinkable water.

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Environment
6:10 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Stepp Stands Firm - She's Guiding WDNR In Right Direction

Secretary Cathy Stepp tells Clean Rivers Clean Lake conference attendees WDNR is on course.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp has faced her share of controversy.

Now, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk is calling for her removal.

Falk – one of four Democrats hoping to defeat Governor Scott Walker in a recall election – believes environmental enforcement has suffered under Stepp’s watch.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Scientists Dig into How Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Might Impact Population Stability

PhD student Jennifer Stenglein and wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen present their research findings at a conference on wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region.

Wisconsin leaders recently passed a controversial bill allowing people to hunt wolves starting this fall.

The move came shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list.

Friday, researchers from UW-Madison share what they’ve learned about the impact wolf harvesting could have on the stability of its population.

The team will present its findings in Duluth, where a range of interested people – from scientists to livestock producers, are gathering for an annual conference on wolves in the Great Lakes region.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the Madison researchers before they departed.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Milwaukee's Green Team Keeps City on Sustainable Path

Click to Enlarge PhotoThe Port of Milwaukee wind turbine

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, we hear about the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability program. Matt Howard is the Director of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Milwaukee. Dennis Grzezinski is senior staff counsel for Midwest Environmental Associates and one of the 14 members of the city’s Green Team. They spoke with Susan Bence.

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Environment
4:06 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Cream City Hens

Ella and Jessica Lane, and friend

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence spoke with the official and unofficial voices of Cream City Hens – Jessica Lane and her daughter Ella.

Chickens are just a part of the pallet at Saturday's 5th Annual Green Living Festival taking place at the Mitchell Park Domes.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Gray Wolf Status Shifts from Endangered to Game

Gov. Walker is expected to soon sign into law a bill allowing wolves to be hunted in Wisconsin.

The Legislature recently approved a hunting season, after the federal government removed the wolf from the endangered species list, in January.

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Environment
2:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Visit to the Solar Farm

Convergence team installs solar panels at its solar farm.

A local solar farm brings cutting-edge technology to Wisconsin. Susan Bence is WUWM’s Environmental Reporter. The 9th annual Green Energy Summit is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday in downtown Milwaukee. Tomorrow on Lake Effect, we’ll learn about a company also playing a role in solar technology in Wisconsin.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

An Environmental Balancing Act? Wisconsin's New Wetland Law

Wetland area near Ashland

After weeks of heated debate, Wisconsin has a new wetlands policy.

Governor Walker signed a bill into law Wednesday that he and Republican lawmakers call a “job creator” because it makes it easier for businesses to build or expand.

Supporters call one of the law’s strengths, the requirement that applicants submit a mitigation plan to “make up” for affected wetlands.

According to WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence, we will likely hear more about that “compensation” clause, as the state implements its new wetlands law.

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