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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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