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Black Environmental Pioneers Honored For Their Work In Milwaukee

On Monday evening, Nearby Nature Milwaukee held their second Annual African American Environmental Pioneer Awards celebration to honor people in Milwaukee who are helping to create a healthier and more racially just environment. Sylvia Wilson, program director of Teens Grow Greens , was one of the honorees. LISTEN: Milwaukee Teen Leadership Program Makes Neighborhood Greenhouses Its Home Wilson said when she headed to college she planned to become a lawyer, but she found her passion in...


Wisconsin DNR Tips For Staying Safe On The Ice

As winter continues on and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to make indoor gatherings unsafe, many people are looking for outdoor activities to pass the time. For many Wisconsinites that means venturing out onto a frozen body of water for ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing or just a nice walk. But even bodies of water with thick layers of ice can pose dangers for recreational activities, so Wisconsin DNR Recreational Warden Jason Roberts explains how to stay safe when out...


Wolf Hunt Approved In Wisconsin As Legal Fight Continues

Wisconsin's wolf hunt will begin next week with up to 200 animals to be harvested, the state Department of Natural Resources Board determined at a hastily called meeting Monday in reaction to a court order requiring a hunt this month. The unanimous board vote came even as the state was asking an appeals court to stop the hunt by putting last week's court order on hold. The state Department of Natural Resources and the board, represented by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, filed the...


Wisconsin Judge Orders DNR To Start Wolf Hunt This Month

Updated Feb. 12 at 5:10 p.m. CST A Wisconsin judge ordered the state Department of Natural Resources on Thursday to start a gray wolf hunt this month rather than waiting until November. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves in the Lower 48 states from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states. The move was among Trump administration actions on the environment that President Joe Biden has ordered reviewed. Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run...


Science Strikes Back: Community Science Fair Goes Virtual

Finding ways to bring science to life and to create excitement about its importance can be challenging for educators. It can be even tougher in this time when many students are learning from home. But organizers of Science Strikes Back , a program that attracts grade schoolers to college students and adults throughout the region, weren’t about to let the annual science fair languish this year — its fifth. Escuela Verde, a public charter high school overlooking the Menomonee Valley, hosts the...


Critics Worry Bradford Beach Pavilion Bar Proposal Would Further Privatize Space

One of Milwaukee County’s most cherished and popular shared spaces is Bradford Beach. Swimmers, sunbathers and volleyball players enjoy its sweeping vista along Lake Michigan. But there are rumblings of concern over a proposal, critics say, would privatize a portion of this public treasure. Its 1950s-era pavilion, officially called the Bradford Beach Bathhouse, resembles a ship with its curved lines and second-floor deck. Acccording to the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the structure...


Push For Wisconsin Wolf Hunting Season This Winter Fails

The controversy over how the gray wolf, humans, livestock and pets can coexist is not new. The wolf has been on and off of the federal endangered species list within the last decade. Early this month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the wolf, transferring its management to states. A dozen Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin sent a letter to the state's Natural Resources Board urging approval of a hunt this winter. The letter resulted in a special board meeting Friday to discuss the...


Commission Offers U.S. And Canada Recommendations To Improve Great Lakes Water Quality

A binational commission, representing Canada and the United States, is making three recommendations it says will improve the two governments’ ability to protect the Great Lakes. The group, called the International Joint Commission (IJC), has some experience in advising the two countries. It was created more than a century ago — through the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty — specifically to prevent conflicts between the two countries over shared water resources. As part of its job, every three...


Oak Creek Development Atop Former Brownfield Could Create A Unique Community

Over the last decade, Oak Creek has been evolving and city leaders believe a new housing development will continue that trend. Oak Creek’s evolution began when a former major manufacturing plant site was reimagined as a 21st century town square, with an adjacent restored wetland. READ: Wetland Restored As Park Of Oak Creek's Main Street Development Then to the east, north of Ryan Road and east of 5th Avenue, the city turned a portion of another old industrial site into Lake Vista Park . Its...


Conservation Group Urges Wisconsin To Develop A Sustainable Wolf Management Plan

Wisconsin is due to resume management of the gray wolf, including a hunting season, as the animal loses federal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the gray wolf's successful recovery, setting the stage to delist in all lower 48 states. In Wisconsin, the gray wolf has swung between state management and federal protection for more than a decade. Wisconsin Gray Wolf Debate Fires Up Again Tuesday, Wisconsin's Green Fire, a statewide conservation organization, is...


Meet Wisconsin's First Female Chief State Forester

Half of Wisconsin is covered in forests, so managing all that land is no easy task. It’s up to the Wisconsin Division of Forestry , which falls under the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), to keep the land healthy. The forestry division works with federal, county, tribal and private landowners. It’s a team of about 420 people scattered across the state. And, the person leading this division is Heather Berklund. Last month, Berklund was named chief state forester — the first woman to hold...


PFAS Contamination Top Issue For Some Marinette County Voters

Jobs, the economy, social justice, the coronavirus: those are a few of the major issues motivating people to go to the polls on Tuesday. But for some voters, including in northeastern Wisconsin, water quality is among the top concerns. Marinette County residents are dealing with surface, ground and well water contaminated by PFAS, a manmade chemical that has many uses, including as an ingredient of firefighting foam. READ: Wisconsin Takes Another Step To Drive Down PFAS Contamination PFAS is...


As Milwaukee Considers 2021 Budget, Call To Better Address Childhood Lead Poisoning Amplifies

Milwaukee aldermen are in the process of sorting out the city’s budget for next year, divvying up dollars leaders say are increasingly scarce. Among public concerns, an increasing number of people want more funding to go to the city’s health department, specifically to serve children impacted by lead poisoning. READ: Mayor Tom Barrett's Budget Proposal Cuts 120 Milwaukee Police Officers Pastor Mary Martha Kannass of Hephatha Lutheran Church was one of many calling for action at a budget...


'I Just Want To Fix The World,' Says Flint Teen About Her Drive For Activism

In the spring of 2016, residents of Flint, Mich., were experiencing one of the country’s most devastating water crises. Flint-native Mari Copeny decided to do something about it. She wrote a letter to then-President Barack Obama which led to the president traveling to Flint and sitting down to talk with Mari. What might be most remarkable is that Mari was just 8 at the time. Now 13, she’s launched into a life of activism . Mari will be the keynote speaker at Saturday's Alverno College’s...


Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center Pilots Yardversity Project

Some highly engaged naturalists — including those at Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center — are piloting a project called Yardversity to lure people to the outdoors as well as fuel research about the natural world. READ: Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center Strikes On A Formula That Works Yardversity kicked off on a late afternoon in July when Ethan Bott took to YouTube to provide a how-to for people interested in studying the ecology of their own backyards. Bott is part of the Urban Ecology...


Milwaukee Neighbors Step Up To Fill Growing Food Gap

Many people lack access to food to sustain their families. The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the struggle. According to a recent Feeding America study , food insecurity could impact up to 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 2 children in the U.S. Milwaukee-area organizations and individuals are stepping up to help fill the food gap. READ: Milwaukee Urban Farm Plows Ahead Despite Coronavirus Pandemic Victory Garden Initiative - Harambee One program can be found at Concordia Avenue and Richards...


Milwaukee Urban Farm Plows Ahead Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of people to lose their jobs and many are facing economic hardship. For some families, it’s been challenging to access fresh food. One of the organizations trying to help is Groundwork Milwaukee , which grows and shares tens of thousands of pounds of produce. The bulk of that growing happens in 11 hoop houses adjacent to Maglio Companies , off Port Washington Road in Glendale. The structures were initially the brainchild of Growing Power's Will Allen....


Milwaukee Area Conservation Corps Team Up To Cleanup

Finding ways to connect and collaborate during the coronavirus pandemic is challenging. Organizers of a recent environmental cleanup think they might have come up with a way to combine getting good work done with giving people a chance to connect. Two conservation corps – Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps and Cream City Conservation Corps –gathered to work together for the first time. Together, 17 individuals cleaned up a portion of Cedar Creek in rural Ozaukee County. Decades’ worth...


UW-Milwaukee Researchers Learn More About How E. Coli Impacts Beaches

Research at UW-Milwaukee is helping us learn how E. Coli can impact beaches. Just last week, South Shore Beach was closed because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water that could make people sick. E. coli is a bacteria found in the gut of humans and animals, which can end up in fecal matter. If a lot of that fecal matter makes its way to beaches, it becomes a public health issue. People can get sick with an upset stomach and fever. Natalie Rumball has spent a lot of time examining the...


Milwaukee Harbor Project To Install Trash-Eating Device To Keep Lake Michigan Cleaner

People working to make Milwaukee’s harbor cleaner plan to install a trash interceptor in the Kinnickinnic River. The idea is to catch floating trash before it reaches Lake Michigan. And the group Harbor District, Inc. , won a federal grant to bring the project to life. We recently met Harbor District’s Natural Environment Program Manager Aaron Zeleske as close to the future home of the trash interceptor as we can get – a fence blocks our path and trees and overgrown bushes block the view....