Environment


Climate Change is Real

LETTER TO THE EDITORBy James A. LewisI recently reached the age of ninety. I have lots of hope that people coming after me will be able to live happy and healthy lives. But my hopes are under threat.I pray that Americans will soon realize that climate change is real, that it will persist and will intensify unless we act quickly. Climate change is the result of our worldwide use of coal, oil and gas. Our government must--without delay – adopt the standards set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.We must again assume leadership in the worldwide effort to replace ...

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EARTH DAY SHOULD BE EVERY DAY

It’s been eight years since anyone in our executive branch of government uttered the words “climate change.” Thankfully, Governor Tony Evers brought science, common sense and the term climate change back to Wisconsin.Since the 1970’s, Wisconsin Governors have shaped our nation’s conservation legacy. In my office, over my desk, hangs a poster from Governor Gaylord Nelson’s campaign. The man from Clear Lake was ahead of his time. He did all he could to raise awareness that the earth is worth protecting.We recently celebrated Earth Day. From recycling to ...

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Come Out and Celebrate Earth Day in Wausau

Alarmed over yet another disastrous oil spill, this one fouling Santa Barbara, California beaches, our own Senator Gaylord Nelson pioneered the first national Earth Day on April 22, 1970. That day, 20 million Americans joined hands with the citizens of Wisconsin to celebrate our one and only home planet.Each year since then, our friends and neighbors across the country, and since 1990 around the world, have made Earth Day an opportunity to joyfully acknowledge our determination to live in harmony with the natural environment on which we all depend.On Saturday, April ...

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HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE EARTH DAY?

The first way I will celebrate Earth Day is by using these canvas bags. They were purchased 30 years ago and have served me well. They were used for buying groceries, going camping, going shopping, and going to the library. They were made to last.Many people compliment me on using them. People tell me they have similar bags and really should use them. But that is as far as that goes. How did using these bags become a habit?Earth Day is on my mind each day. I hang the bags on the door knob leading to the garage.The bags are put in the car and ready for their next ...

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Local people reduce their carbon footprint

On April 30th Clean Green Action hosted a Climate Change Forum at the Fine Arts Center in McMillan Memorial Library. Professor Emeritus Alan Haney reported from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).“The IPCC was established in 1988 by the United Nations Environmental Program in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization to provide a sound scientific interpretation of the vast amount of information on climate change,” explained Haney. “IPCC enlisted the cooperation of nearly 1000 scientists from countries all over the world, including ...

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Letter to the Editor

Editor:For the past several years, people in the Wausau area have been voicing their concerns regarding the contamination issues from the Crestline/SNE/Wauleco site going back to 1946.The Penta soaked through the soil and into the groundwater. Over many decades, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water contaminated with Pentachlorphenal, or Penta a wood preservative that was used at the site, have been pumped into the Wausau Waste Water Treatment plant. Some of this has been released into the Wisconsin River.As recently as January 21, 2019, Penta reared its ugly ...

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Wauleco Wood Waste Burning Plan

Site investigation Work PlanWauleco Wood Waste BurningBRRTS#02-37-000006Wausau, WisconsinMarch 15, 2019Prepared for Wauleco, Inc.Prepared by TRC Environmental Corporation of Madison, WisconsinThis letter to the editor will highlight two sections of the 140-page Site Investigation Work Plan.Section 3 IntroductionSection 3.2 Purpose and Approach“The Purpose of this Site Investigation Work Plan (SI Work Plan) is to respond to the request in the WDNR letter to ‘address aerial deposition of contaminants associated with the combustion of wood waste ...

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JERRY APPS speaks about Civilian Conservation Corps

Well-known author Jerry Apps is launching his latest book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7,at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.He will sign books and talk about what he learned while writing it. Please note the time, 1 p.m., which is different from other History Speaks presentationsThe Civilian Conservation Corps was a popular New Deal relief program from 1933 to 1942. The program hired young men to live in rustic camps while they planted trees, cut trails, and worked to reverse the effects of soil ...

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Is Wisconsin’s Grey Wolf an endangered species?

On March 6, 2019 Middle Wisconsin received the following press release from Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R Minocqua):Contact: Senator Tom Tiffany FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: (608) 266-2509 March 6, 2019Senator Tiffany’s Statement on the Plan to Lift Wolf Protections MADISON, Wis. - State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) released this statement following reports the U.S. Department of Interior plans to lift endangered species protections:“I absolutely agree with Secretary Bernhardt’s decision to remove endangered species protections for the gray ...

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Water is Precious – Part III

Water is cheap. Fixing water quality problems is expensive. Protecting our water before polluting it is less expensive. We can take steps now to preserve our cheapest most precious resource. Changing our perceptions about water use, using nature to help us preserve water and reinvesting in science are easy ways to show how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.In the last two columns, I discussed how water sustains our lives and how important it is for our economic prosperity. This week I will offer simple, but critical ways we can invest in water, our most ...

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