Environment


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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MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT PART V

Planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. Photo by Voyager I. Source: NASA/JPL Feb. 1990 (Just below middle of page in orange/brown color band on right)Imagine we had a magic wand we could simply wave to solve humanity’s problems and make the world work for everyone. We could assess all of the human activities occurring around the Earth, decide if they were beneficial or harmful to the health of people and the planet, and use the wand to end bad activities and initiate good ones. Simple. So, what might we do if we had such a wand: The use of fossil fuels to ...

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Wisconsin Fish Tales

It was a real eye opener for those of us who fish Wisconsin's waters last week when retired DNR fisheries biologist Frank Pratt spoke at the UW Center for Civic Engagement. He told us how our changing climate already affects the fish in our rivers, lakes and streams, and what is yet to come. The news could hardly have been worse.Careful monitoring and diligent record keeping reveal that the waters our fish live in are warming. Numerous factors determine just how much, but the temperature rise ranges between half and one and a half degree Celsius - as much as almost three ...

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The Year of Clean Drinking Water

It is a remarkable question to have to ask: Why do people oppose protecting our air and water? One would think protecting these vital resources would not be a controversial or a political issue. Everyone's heath and the health of the economy depend on clean water and air. Tourism, agriculture and many other industries must have clean water. You aren't going to have many tourists coming north to see smog and enjoy “dead zone” rivers and lakes.Governor Tony Evers is trying to move the state forward on these issues. Will the Republican controlled legislature cooperate? ...

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MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT PART IV

Planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. Photo by Voyager I. Source: NASA/JPL Feb. 1990 (Just below middle of page in orange/brown color band on right)“We stand today upon the fulcrum of history, a crossroads at midnight with a blood moon rising. Down one road lies fire, flood, famine, failure and the final triumph of greed. What awaits down the other road is unknown, terra incognita, a mystery to be solved one gentle step at a time. As a species, we tend to recoil from what we do not know, often choosing the awful alternative simply because it is familiar. ...

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Water is Prosperity – Part II

Last week I wrote about how water is life. This week I hope to show how important water is for all of us to not only survive, but also to thrive.In my Capitol office hangs an old re-election poster for former Governor Gaylord Nelson. The founder of Earth Day, Governor Nelson was one of Wisconsin’s fiercest advocates for our environment. He was also a pragmatist – he understood not only how important clean water was, but he also acknowledged its importance for our economy.Milk, cheese, beer, and paper -- these are quintessential Wisconsin products. Each of these ...

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WATER IS LIFE – Part 1

We take a lot of things for granted in life. Our car will always start, our dogs will always love us and the water we drink will always be clean. Like all these assumptions, nothing is guaranteed. Much like the adoration of our pets or the dependability of our vehicles, the quality of our water critically depends on the care we take for protecting the things we love and depend on the most.When we turn on the faucet to fill a glass of water or sip from a drinking fountain, we have a reasonable expectation the water is safe. This blind trust is mostly due to the protecti...

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