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Trends in River Pesticide Levels Echo Pesticide Use

U.S. Geological Survey, August 26, 2015. Trends in pesticide concentrations in 38 major rivers in the U.S. during 1992-2010 reflect large-scale trends in pesticide use and regulatory changes, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study, the first to rigorously compare riverine pesticide concentrations with trends in pesticide use at the national […]


Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

From National Public Radio, August 19, 2015. Article features Stoney Acres farm in Athens, Wisconsin. Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough. But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a […]

Kewaunee trout stream

Where have all the trout gone?

From Green Bay Gazette, August 20, 2015. When Joe Dorner bought 24 acres on Church Road adjacent to the East Twin River in the Town of West Kewaunee in 1996, he said it was listed in a brochure as the “finest trout stream in the county” and he looked forward to taking his grandchildren fishing there. […]

Power plant

Wisconsin would be hit hard by new rule on emissions

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 15, 2015 State has focused on coal, not renewable energy. Wisconsin is among 10 states that must make the biggest cuts in greenhouse gases to meet the Obama administration’s new requirements forcing utilities to make sharp reductions of carbon dioxide emissions. Read full article

Algae on Horicon

Phosphorus Runoff, Algae Blooms Continue To Pose Challenge For DNR

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 13, 2015  From Kewaunee to Menomonie, the Department of Natural Resources is getting an earful again this summer about the phosphorus-fueled algae blooms and weeds in many Wisconsin waterways. Horicon Marsh, part of the Rock River in central Wisconsin, provides an example of what’s at issue: Like many other waterways in […]

A 26-foot fiberglass walleye statue greets visitors at Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison, Minn. The state has ordered an early end to the walleye fishing season amid concerns about a declining population. Credit Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

How are Those Walleye Biting? On Minnesota Lake, They’re Not.

From New York Times, August 12, 2015, GARRISON, Minn. — Along the rocky shore of Mille Lacs Lake on a recent morning, flat-bottomed fishing boats were idle in their docks. No customers wandered into a bait shop selling night crawlers, minnows and jumbo leeches. The restaurant at Twin Pines Resort was hushed and nearly empty, […]


Fight Looms Over Hog Feedlot Near Madeline Island

From Star Tribune, August 13, 2015, BAYFIELD, WIS. – The vivid blue expanse of Lake Superior and the national lakeshore near Madeline Island here in northern Wisconsin have always been largely immune to environmental threats from factory farms — until now. A proposal to build the first large-scale livestock facility in the Lake Superior watershed […]


Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 10, 2015, School is still out for the summer, but at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C., students are hard at work — outdoors. In a garden filled with flowers and beds bursting with vegetables and herbs, nearly a dozen teenagers are harvesting vegetables for the weekend’s farmers market. […]