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.

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.

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

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

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.

Susan Bence

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

Susan Bence

Land trusts are far from new to the American experience. There exists a century-old tradition of private and nonprofit groups preserving land not protected by the government.

A local group - founded a dozen years ago – wields preservation tools with an urban twist – transforming empty lots into urban gardens.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence headed out to 49th Street – just west of Washington Park – to see what a group of neighbors have accomplished.

Susan Bence

Hundreds of people gathered in Milwaukee last weekend to do more than talk about growing fruits and vegetables.

Growing Power – which for many is synonymous with MacArthur Genius awardee Will Allen – put together dozens of workshops and discussion around making local food accessible across communities – while creating JOBS in the process.

WUWM Environmental Reporters Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl in the studio to talk about three-day conference.

Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl again in the studio.

Over the weekend Susan stopped in at a Urban and Small Farm Conference put together by Milwaukee-based Growing Power.

Susan Bence

The renaissance of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley – once a hub of machine tooling and leather tanning – not to mention tens of thousands of jobs - could be described as a brownfield redevelopment project on steroids. Over the last decade, crews have cleaned up or contained more than 300 acres of landfill – gradually drawing commerce and jobs back into the corridor.