Environment/Energy

Public Comment - Non-Metallic Mining Until April 30, 2016

Department releases draft permits related to non-metallic mining for public comment; develops new groundwater study on industrial sand mining

By Central Office March 16, 2016

Contact(s): Roberta Walls, 608-785-9272

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has released two general permits for public comment related to non-metallic mining.

In addition, the department is also developing a new study aimed at better understanding potential groundwater affects from industrial sand mining.

Friends of the Central Sands Update

Our water and communities continue to be threatened, so what do we do? We keep fighting…  Here is a quick update:

Heavy Hand Squashing Conservation Potential at Badger

Last Chance for Public Comment is Sept 25

There is a heavy hand at work when land use planners at the DNR propose on/off road motorcycles through a prairie teeming with grassland birds.

Anglers upset by DNR's move to sell land with trout ponds

Anglers upset by Wisconsin move to sell 1,000 acres with ponds that sustain native brook trout by Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Anglers are upset over a move by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources toward selling 1,000 acres of state-owned land that contain several spring-fed ponds with native brook trout populations.

Savings from Solar investment more significant than many realize

By Rob Danielson, SOUL of Wisconsin

Rural families save money in three familiar ways.  They trade goods and labor rather than use cash; stock-up on staples when the prices are lower; and, if savings over time are substantial, they buy something now, and may even take out a loan to do so.  With solar, a family can exploit all three strategies.
 

Just when you thought it was over... An update from the Central Sands

Just in time for another holiday weekend here is the latest in the Richfield CAFO’s attempts to move forward despite our successes.  The DNR is poised to issue a modified WPDES permit (waste spreading) to the dairy without batting an eye or taking into

When Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things

By Eric Hansen, Wisconsin-based author and activist

A few years back I walked 1,700 miles while researching Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula books, experiencing firsthand many of the magnificent shorelines, sparkling streams and memorable natural areas the current crude oil invasion threatens.

It is heartbreaking to imagine globs of spilled tar sands crude oil smothering those places — or an oil train explosion decimating one of our communities.

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