Environment


SAVE MONEY BY USING SOLAR POWER

SOLAR WISCONSIN GROUP BUY is just 18 kW away from hitting their second benchmark, triggering a $1,000 rebate for participants!The program is well on its way to reaching the next benchmark of 100 kW, triggering a $.10 per watt ($1,000) rebate. Currently the average homeowner buying through the program will receive a $500 rebate, we need just 18 kW more to reach the program's second benchmark.Attend an upcoming Solar Power Hour to learn more about going solar!Grow Solar is a collaborative effort to make solar affordable for private home owners as well as busine...

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SOLAR CENTRAL WISCONSIN

Grow Solar is a collaborative effort to make solar affordable for private home owners as well as businesses.Check out their website www.growsolar.org.You will find plenty of resources for municipalities, industry professionals and homeowners right here in central Wisconsin.Many installations already have been done on homes and businesses in these counties: Portage, Wood, Waupaca and Marathon.MREA (Midwest Renewable Energy Association) and Mid-State Technical College are leading this group buy program.You can attend a free Solar Power Hour and learn the ...

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SOLAR CENTRAL WISCONSIN

Home and business owners in Central Wisconsin are energized as the Central Wisconsin Solar Group Purchase Program began July 25 with a special presentation at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).The Solar Central Wisconsin program allows individual home and commercial property owners to access lower prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. This program builds on the success of 2017’s Solar Central Wisconsin program, which led to 308 kW of solar on 46 properties, offsetting approximately 405,264 lbs of carbon dioxide in the ...

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Ruminations on Roadside Trash

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends,have become global garbage cans. Jacques Yves CousteauThis time of year is garbage season. The snow has finally melted along our road revealing a winter's accumulation of trash. In the time between snow melt and new spring growth it is easily visible (and easy to pick up). We usually get several five gallon buckets just along the mile or so of county road that we pick up. It is amazing what you can find along the road side. The variety is astonishing. You expect the usual food and beverage contai...

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CLEAN GREEN ACTION LISTS 2018 PROJECTS

Clean Green Action (CGA). a local nonprofit environmental group, is beginning its 11th year of working on projects that focus on sustainability and reducing environmental impact. In 2018 Clean Green Action will continue to build on past successes while adding some new projects.New projects for 2018 include:Monarch Encouragement – This collboative effort between municipalities, the county and local organizations promotes pollinator gardens through education and action.Groundwater/Surfacewater Forum – Clean Green Action has committed to sponsoring an educat...

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CLEAN GREEN ACTION LISTS 2018 PROJECTS

Clean Green Action (CGA). a local nonprofit environmental group, is beginning its 11th year of working on projects that focus on sustainability and reducing environmental impact. In 2018 Clean Green Action will continue to build on past successes while adding some new projects.New projects for 2018 include:Monarch Encouragement – This collboative effort between municipalities, the county and local organizations promotes pollinator gardens through education and action.Groundwater/Surfacewater Forum – Clean Green Action has committed to sponsoring an educat...

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Demonstration, February 27: Demand Further Soil Tests on Thomas Street

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Middle Wisconsin will be in attendance at the event below. We hope you are, too! There has rarely been such a sustained citizen-driven effort on a Wausau policy issue or project.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Concerned citizens are invited to gather on the sidewalk in front of City Hall steps to demand further environmental testing of the neighborhood’s surface soils. This will take place at 5:30pm in front of 407 Grant Street in Wausau.Elevated Dioxin Levels in Soils Recently Identified:  In February, private ...

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A Tale of Two Trails

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness....” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Citiesfolks who like to hike. They both help attract visitors and boost tourism. The Lake Superior Trail runs north from Jay Cook State Park along the north shore of Lake Superior. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) crosses far northern Wisconsin on its way from New York to North Dakota.This is a story of these two trails and efforts to combine them. But it is also a story of the difficulty of getting ...

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PEOPLE OVER PIPELINES

A movement is growing across the country as communities are opposing proposed pipelines that offer more risks than benefits.From North Dakota to Minnesota, tribes are calling for their sovereignty, hunting and gathering rights, and their treaty rights to be upheld. Landowners from Georgia to Virginia to Nebraska are standing up for their property rights and opposing eminent domain for oil pipelines. Faith leaders, concerned community members, environmentalists, climate activists, and more are all standing together.Here in Wisconsin, Enbridge is moving forward ...

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Smart Houses, Dumb People

“That man is richest who's pleasures are the cheapest.” Henry David ThoreauThe world of technology is constantly changing. Change can be hard on many folks especially us old duffers. I may be a curmudgeon but I am not a complete Luddite. I know that many of the gadgets that clutter our lives are useful. Some of them even make life better. But sometimes I think many technological “advances” happen only because we can. Because microchips can do lots of stuff we feel a need to do lots of stuff with them. Whether any one wants, needs, uses, (or even has time to ...

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