Environment

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.

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.

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.

Bike to School Day

May 11, 2012

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.

The Lake Sturgeon's New Lease on Life

May 4, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cream City Hens

Apr 6, 2012

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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