Environment

The first step in creating a combination urban park - science classroom in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley took place Thursday.

Shovels will meet the dirt on property that once was a rail yard, and later became a dumping ground.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned a great deal of groundwork has gone into the multimillion dollar project, as partners work to blend exploration and education.

Some people HAVE discovered the Menomonee Valley.

Amy Heart

The City of Milwaukee is accumulating “symbols” of sustainability, like the wind turbine sweeping the sky near Lake Michigan, the electric vehicle charging stations being installed around town, and incentive programs underway to encourage businesses and homeowners to create less waste and conserve more energy.

Now, the city’s Office of Sustainability has thrown itself – along with a volunteer committee called the Green Team – into a comprehensive citywide sustainability planning process.

Mixing Dogs with Wolves

Aug 29, 2012

A group of humane societies will have their day in court Wednesday as they attempt to put a stop to Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt.

It is scheduled to begin October 15. Advocates of the hunt say it’s an appropriate mechanism to control wolves that attack livestock and pets.

The new law allows hunters to use dogs to track and trail wolves.

Those seeking an injunction say confrontations between wolves and dogs could result in the inhumane death of dogs.

Susan Bence

More than a century ago, the Boundary Waters Treaty established an advisory group made up of representatives from the United States and Canada. Called the International Joint Commission, its charge is to attempt to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters shared by the two countries.

Susan Bence

“Access to fresh food” has become a trendy phrase.

First Lady Michelle Obama has taken it up for the sake of children’s health.

Foodies cannot get enough of it.

A farmers market in Milwaukee has been working quietly at bringing affordable fresh produce to neighborhoods where little is available.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited its satellite project where small-scale farmers till the land side by side.

Susan Bence

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race is blazing full steam ahead after former Governor Tommy Thompson defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Both he and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hit the campaign circuit hours later.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes an initial look at how environmental issues might play into the race.

Peruse their campaign websites, and you will not find plans for how either candidate would address issues such as global warming or storm water contamination.

Susan Bence

Dignitaries including Governor Walker tramped the grounds Monday of what is becoming home to the Milwaukee Water Council.

The gathering officially launched the renovation of a seven-story warehouse in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

Susan Bence

A collection of area artists, environmentalists and spiritualists are about to undertake an experiment. They plan to bring together a varied group of individuals, provide a stimulating blend of “close encounters” with nature, history, culture and ecology, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the New Wind Folk School – a weeklong program sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Susan Bence

Hundreds of people jammed a community Tuesday night in the town of Jackson.

Its residents want to know how the pipeline company is going to handle the well water and health concerns that have erupted after a gasoline line ruptured in the community northwest of Milwaukee.

Susan Bence

We’ve been revisiting a series on entrepreneurship this week on Lake Effect. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence wasn’t setting out to do a story on entrepreneurship when she left for the north woods in April – she was planning to do a story on the debate over a proposed iron ore mine. But while she was in Ashland, she found herself introduced to the creator of a company that fills a unique niche in – of all things - the feminine hygiene realm.

Susan Bence

Last spring, Governor Walker signed a new wetlands bill into law.

Supporters consider it a “job creator” because it allows developers to build on wetlands, as long as they create a substitute somewhere else.

Although the law took effect on July 1, the DNR is gradually implementing the provisions.

Tuesday, the agency will hold an informational hearing on the new “general” permit, designed to accommodate small projects.

In the past, Wisconsin asked developers to minimize harm to wetlands and mitigate any damaged caused.

UWM

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl started work earlier this month as the new Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy and the director of the Center for Water Policy in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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.

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.

Environmental Forecast

Jul 20, 2012

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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