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Milwaukee's Breakwater - What's It All About

Look a half mile out into Lake Michigan from Milwaukee’s harbor and you’ll see a bit of the four mile long wall. Larry Sullivan knows a lot about the structures – he’s chief engineer with Milwaukee’s port authority. “It was built by the federal government to create a harbor of refuge for boats to get away from the storm,” Sullivan says. The breakwater – you can say breakwall if you prefer – is about ½ mile out into the lake and is nearly 4 miles in length. The system was built in stages,...


Annual Energy Fair in Central Wisconsin Generates Excitement in Milwaukee

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, or MREA, will officially kick off its 29th annual energy fair in Custer, Wisconsin on Friday. Three days of how-tos of solar and wind installations as well as sustainable living workshops attract people from around the country. Milwaukeeans Elizabeth Hittman and Peter Murphy will be among them. Hittman serves on MREA’s board of directors and by day is sustainability program coordinator in the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office ....


New Director To Take On Leadership of Milwaukee County Parks

Late last week County Executive Chris Abele appointed long-time parks employee Guy Smith to become director. Smith has experience at several levels within Milwaukee County Parks. Smith started in 2004 as trails coordinator. He quickly grew to into supervision and management and transitioned to several roles within the department, including deputy regional manager of land resources and chief of operations. When then director John Dargle resigned late last November, Smith was tapped to fill in...


Shorewood Third Graders Mastermind A Rain Garden

Forty-eight Lake Bluff Elementary School students spent much of their third grade year learning about stormwater. They had a handy model outside their door. A grassy soccer field used to occupy the northeast corner of the school yard, but was recently transformed to tennis courts, in honor of the school's recently retired principal. However, what was thought to be a loving and activity-inducing project came with environmental headaches. The school district realized it had to meet Wisconsin...


Wisconsin Supreme Court Eases Way For Giant Dairy Farm In Central Wisconsin

On Tuesday with a 5-2 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court removed a regulatory hurdle that was holding the Wysocki Family of Companies back from creating a large scale dairy.


State Report Blasts Milwaukee’s Performance in Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure Risks

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services , or DHS, released the report Thursday after taking a closer look at Milwaukee Health Department’s embattled Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevent Program. It dominated local headlines and conversations as 2018 began. That’s when Mayor Tom Barrett announced the city’s health department bungle. Between 2015 and 2017 the agency could not verify if it had sent notification letters to families –potentially more than 6,000 of them - whose children tested...


The Evolution Of The Milwaukee River Greenway

If you don’t spend much time along the Milwaukee River, you might be surprised to know that more and more of its most urban stretch – from Silver Spring Drive in Glendale downstream to the former North Avenue Dam site is becoming more natural. Tonight people can weigh in on the Milwaukee River Greenway’s progress and future. Wildlife biologist Gary Casper hopes people who show up for the want to protect turtles and their offspring. He discovered them during a two-year comprehensive survey of...


Local Advocates Celebrate Bird & Bee Days

Sunday May 20 signals two “world events” - World Migratory Bird Day and the first World Bee Day. A couple of groups in the Milwaukee area are concerned about the health of the populations and will shine a light on their importance Sunday. WORLD BEE DAY On December 17, 2017 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared May 20 World Bee Day: “ (Inviting) all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations and civil...


Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Partnerships Help On The Ground & In Its Canopy

Unexpected partnerships are helping the 40-year-old Schlitz Audubon Nature Center manage its 85 acres along Lake Michigan’s shore in Bayside, Wisconsin. David Pacifico coordinates research and policy in Cardinal Stritch University's School of Continuing and On-line Learning. He also holds a PhD in Anthropology. Digging into how people from long ago lived their lives is Pacifico's passion. And, that passion resulted in him wanting to figure out what people left behind on the landscape that is...


Oak Creek Transforms Industrial Brownfield Into Greenspace

It took 10 years and over $7 million to create Lake Vista Park in Oak Creek. The project is far more than a facelift of the 98-acre parcel overlooking Lake Michigan. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a chemical plant operated there, leaving behind arsenic and other contaminants. The City of Oak Creek has gradually transformed the lakefront property, featuring tall grasses and native plants. But first crews had to carefully cap most of the site with two-feet of clay. Oak Creek environmental...


Mequon Nature Preserve's Fairy Shrimp: Will They Survive?

Have you ever heard of fairy shrimp? Until recently, I hadn’t. Mequon Nature Preserve, located at the southern edge of Ozaukee County, is home to the teeny, tiny crustacean.


Could Lead-Contaminated Water Lead To Infant Death?

Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force , says it’s her job to make sure kids eat healthy food, not to talk about infant mortality. But earlier this year – on Valentine’s Day to be exact – Tussler says she learned something startling. “Forty to 49 infant deaths occurred along North Avenue from 2012 to 2016,” she says. Tussler thinks the cause might be lead in water. That's because of a map she obtained after a Common Council committee meeting last January. “I...


Milwaukee Teen Leadership Program Makes Neighborhood Greenhouse Its Home

In 1931 Webers Greenhouses opened on Green Bay Avenue, north of Capitol Drive. Two years ago it closed, but starting this weekend it will become a greenhouse and experiential learning headquarters to an internship program called Teens Grow Greens . Nursery manager Claire Muza will oversee all living things in four greenhouses this season. Before she joined Teens Grow Greens, Muza ran her own vintage clothing business, but it doesn’t take long to realize that plants and soil run deep in the...


The State of Wisconsin's Air

The American Lung Association recently issued its annual State of the Air report . Parts of Wisconsin fared very well - others, not so much. For nearly two decades the group has taken air quality data from the EPA and departments of natural resources from each state. Individual cities and counties are graded based on the latest EPA standards. It turns out that warm weather played a big role in our air quality over the last few years. "Of course, we can’t control the weather, which is why...


Madison Foundation Hopes Interactive Climate Change Website Cultivates Action

The Outrider Foundation 's website opens with a dramatic satellite view of the earth slowly rotating as the sun blazes in the background. Click on climate change and images of intensely populated, highly industrialized scenes unfold. A giant ice formation crashes into an icy sea. Tia Nelson is managing director of climate at the Outrider Foundation. It created this website, Nelson says, to educate people. “Learn how climate change impacts you and all of us no matter where we live from...


Salamander Influences IKEA Development in Oak Creek

Wildlife probably doesn't automatically come to mind when we think about the excitement about the soon-to-open giant home furnishings store. But Julia Robson thought about it. She was natural areas coordinator with Milwaukee County Parks as the IKEA site has been under construction. Robson has spent a lot of time in Falk Park. The 222-acre parcel stands just north and west of the new store. Now a 3-foot tall wooden fence divides them. It’s not for show. The structure is called an amphibian...


Foxconn Clears Major Environmental Hurdles

Foxconn's massive manufacturing project slated to take shape in what is currently rural Racine County successfully jumped through two major environmental hoops this week.


Kenosha Hopes New Financial Formula Will Speed Up Replacement of Lead Pipes

Kenosha hopes to roll out a plan that requires homeowners to replace their lead pipes, but at the same time, helps them finance the project. Water utility manager Ed St. Peter has been working on the idea for a while, saying he wants to expeditiously replace every inch of the city’s 8800 lead lines that connect homes to water mains. The city owns the pipe from the water main to the property line; while the homeowner is responsible from the property line to the building. Without dramatic...


Wauwatosa: One Of Many Wisconsin Communities Grappling With Lead In Water

The community four miles west of downtown Milwaukee shares a problem with its neighbor. Thousands of lead service lines deliver water from the main into Wauwatosa households. Public Works director David Simpson estimates nearly 10,000 of its 15,000 customers. Simpson says Wauwatosa recently changed its policy surrounding pipes that break, “We replace the entire city side. So if we have a break on the city-owned lateral, we’ll go in and replace the entire city-owned side.” Simpson says before...


$3 Million Grant Awarded To Help Restore Milwaukee Wetland

Update: The EPA awarded the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee a $3 million grant to help restore the Grand Trunk wetland in the city's Harbor District. "Milwaukee's landscape has changed significantly over the past 200 years, and the wetland marshes that dominated the center of the City have all but vanished," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a news release Tuesday. "This restoration work will reestablish a small portion of that wetland." Original post, December 4, 2017:...