Environment

Environment
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Couture's Fate May Be In Public Trust's Hands

44-story high rise's proposed foundation is under debate.
Credit Susan Bence

The Milwaukee County Board could advance talks Thursday about replacing the downtown transit center with a 44-story hotel and apartment complex.

The property is located just steps from Discovery World and Lake Michigan.

A local developer is interested in building a high rise there and a number of local leaders are onboard.

However, a parks and public land preservation group questions whether the plot is off-limits to private development because of a clause in Wisconsin’s Constitution.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Preserving the Eschweilers

Milwaukee County Parks Department Administration, Innovation Park
Eddee Daniel

A group of historic preservationists and environmentalists will gather tonight at the Wauwatosa Public Library for what organizers hope will be a lively discussion. The central theme is the fate of the Eschweiler Buildings – four magnificent but crumbling structures that reside on the Milwaukee County Grounds. They occupy a large sweep of open space northeast of what is an otherwise congested Hwy 45 and Watertown Plank Road intersection.

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Milwaukee River Revival
4:26 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Environmental Forecast

Natural flow downstream from Estabrook Dam.

Past generations poured sewage, trash and industrial chemicals into the Milwaukee River.

Most of the direct dumping has ended, but as WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports, run-off from the land continues to choke the river, as do occasional sewer overflows.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Board Sets Rules for Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

The state's Natural Resources Board has set rules for Wisconsin's first-ever wolf hunt.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday afternoon to adopt the DNR’s recommendations for Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt. The rules the Board set down include a kill quota of 201 wolves, which were recently delisted from Endangered Species Act. The hunt will run from October to February.

The hunt has been controversial enough that more than a hundred people jammed the hearing room in Stevens Point where the Board was meeting, and some 40-plus people testified during the hearing.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Wolf Hunt Rules Fraught With Controversy

Wisconsin approaches its first wolf hunt, the Natural Resources Board weighs in on harvesting rules.

The grey wolf is in Wisconsin’s spotlight.

Shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list, the state created a wolf hunt to begin this October.

With little time to spare, the DNR designed rules for the first season.

The agency is proposing a harvest of 201 wolves, with some zones more heavily targeted than others.

Tuesday the seven-member Natural Resources Board will vote on the DNR’s proposed rules at a special meeting in Stevens Point.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the polarizing positions the wolf – and its upcoming hunt – are raising.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Can City's Canopy Stand Up Against First Sign of Emerald Ash Borer?

One of a dozen or so ash trees hit by emerald ash borer infestation on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The City of Milwaukee has joined a club of which no community wants to be a member.

Late last week, officials announced that the Emerald ash borer has infected trees on the city’s northwest side.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a city forester on the site to learn how Milwaukee has been preparing for the pest.

It has already taken down tens of millions of trees in states to our east as well as in Canada.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

First Cases of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Discovered in Milwaukee

One of several emerald ash borer infestations discovered on Milwaukee's northwest side.

It was not entirely “unexpected” news Friday when Milwaukee officials announced conclusively - the Emerald ash borer hit a cluster of trees on the northwest side.

Scientists first spotted the destructive green beetle in Detroit, Michigan in 2002.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Challenge of Asian Carp Control Assignment

Army Corps under increased pressure to come up with carp solutions

President Obama last week signed the transportation bill he hopes will put thousands of construction workers on job sites.

The law also carries some unexpected “environmental” clout.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned more about what SOME are calling “The Asian Carp Act.”

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Environment
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Asian Carp Threat Brings Renewed Testing in Chicago Waters Along with Public Meeting

Concerns that Asian carp are at Lake Michigan's doorstep are not likely to be assuaged any time soon.

The only time a LIVE Asian carp was discovered beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the fish out of the Great Lakes was in Lake Calumet in 2010.

But since then, crews have repeatedly discovered evidence of the voracious invasive species’ DNA.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Power Down in Riverwest

Power down in Riverwest

Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood prides itself for a “do-it-yourself attitude” with a bohemian, creative flair. It’s no surprise then, that a movement – called Power Down Week – took hold in Riverwest. Its mission is straightforward – make your carbon footprint as small as you can AND do it with others. The third annual power down starts this weekend, and WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence caught up with some of its organizers earlier this week as they prepared for another Riverwest neighborhood tradition – the Gordon Park 4th of July celebration.

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