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How Milwaukee County's Parks Came To Be

10/16/2017
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Milwaukee County is home to 15,325 acres of parkland. 158 unique parks are rooted across the region – from Joseph Lichter Park in the north to Oakwood in the south; from tiny Pompeii Square nestled beneath a tangle of downtown freeway spurs to 262-acre Whitnall Park. But, why is Milwaukee home to so many parks? That’s the question Beth Van Gorp had on her mind when she reached out to WUWM’s Beats Me series. To get to the why, WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence had to start at the...

Duration: 00:05:48


Bill Nye Documentary Goes Beyond 'The Science Guy'

10/9/2017
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The TV show “Bill Nye: The Science Guy” was a staple for countless kids raised in the 90s. He turned on a generation to science, demonstrating the way the natural world works in a way that kids young and old could understand. Now Nye - both his science guy persona, and the man himself - is the subject of documentary being featured in the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival. Bill Nye: Science Guy is directed by Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado. Alvarado, now 33, grew up watching the show. "On TV or...

Duration: 00:15:20


Photos: New Mural Welcomes Visitors Into Milwaukee’s Harbor District

10/9/2017
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Many people have not ventured into the harbor district, just south of downtown in the Walker's Point neighborhood. The City of Milwaukee wants to change that.

Duration: 00:04:26


Organizers of Milwaukee’s Inaugural Boat Parade Hope It Floats For Years To Come

10/6/2017
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A collection of artistically decorated pontoons, some carrying artfully adorned people and puppets, will launch tomorrow (Saturday) from the Bruce Street Ramp . They will converge with boats and paddlers for the inaugural Milwaukee Boat Parade. It is part of another first-ever event, Harbor Fest . Local actress Deborah Clifton and artist Karen Lindholm-Rykweiwicz came up with the boat parade idea. Within a matter of months they formed Water Art Parade MKE. Clifton and Lindholm-Rykweiwicz...

Duration: 00:08:20


What Impact Could Foxconn's Mount Pleasant Plant Have The Watershed?

10/5/2017
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The Taiwanese company announced Wednesday it would build its huge LCD screen plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant, just east of Interstate 94. Critics call the state’s $3 billion incentives package exorbitant. Others cite environmental concerns. Foxconn will use large amounts of water in the LCD screen manufacturing process. And the state incentives package exempts the company from some environmental regulations. Proponents dismiss the worries. “I think that Foxconn will lead the way in...

Duration: 00:04:52


Connecting Weather Events to Climate Change

10/3/2017
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The complicated clean up from Hurricanes Maria and Harvey continues. Millions are without power or fresh water, especially in the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in the United States Virgin Islands. One of the assertions we often hear in recent years when a powerful hurricane strikes is that while climate change likely impacts the frequency and severity of major storms, we can’t connect any particular storm to the phenomenon of global warming. George Stone is a former natural sciences...

Duration: 00:11:55


County Board Approves 'Tryout' Lease of Parkland to Greenfield

9/28/2017
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UPDATE: The Milwaukee County Board Thursday voted to permit the City of Greenfield to run Kulwicki Park for one year. This is a dramatic shift from the original proposal that would have created up to a 30-year lease agreement, advocated by Supervisor Tony Staskunas, who represents Greenfield. Staskunas called the compromised approach a tryout. "(We'll be) watching how the City of Greenfield takes care of the park. Supervisor (John) Weishan and I talked about it, if things go well over this...

Duration: 00:04:21


Looking For Mussels In The Milwaukee River Basin

9/28/2017
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Mussels may not be the first creature that comes to mind when you think about a healthy watershed. But unlike the invasive quagga and zebra mussels that have turned the Great Lakes ecosystem upside down, native freshwater varieties fill an important niche. “They take contaminants out of the water, they take sediment out of the water. They take all stuff in and then they spit out what they don’t like,” says DNR conservation biologist, and mussel expert Lisie Kitchel. “When they (mussels)...

Duration: 00:03:52


Alternate Solution Proposed to Army Corps' Great Lakes Invasive Species Plan

9/21/2017
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Congress ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to find a way to prevent aquatic invasive species from passing from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes Basin, and the reverse. For years, officials have feared that Asian carp would make their way from the Mississippi system into Lake Michigan. There has been more than one scare. Three months ago, a live Asian carp was caught after making its way through a system of underwater electric barriers nine miles from Lake Michigan. David Hamilton...

Duration: 00:13:02


Two Milwaukee Women Walk To Lake Superior To Inspire Awareness

9/20/2017
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Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster hope their 330-mile hike makes a statement about how much they care about the Great Lakes. Their aim it to raise awareness and funds for conservation. Julia Robson came up with the idea last January, “When we started hearing about proposed cuts to the EPA and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program and we both really felt it was important to bring attention to all of the positive progress that’s been made to restore and clean up the Great Lakes and...

Duration: 00:11:55


Milwaukee County Aims To Lease Park to Greenfield

9/20/2017
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While the Milwaukee County Parks System is rich in greenspace, it is low on cash. The department hopes to lease one of its parks to help relieve a bit of its more than $240 million in deferred maintenance.

Duration: 00:04:21


'Megafire' Reveals a Frightening Forecast of Large-Scale Wildfires

9/14/2017
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At last report, more than 21,000 firefighters are deployed around the country, mainly in the west. More than a million and a half acres have been charred by the 62 large fires that are currently burning. The fire danger is comparatively low in Wisconsin, but the state is not immune from large-scale fires, either. And this time of year, wildland firefighters from the state are dispatched to places like Oregon, Montana and California. While fires have always burned landscapes, the regularity...

Duration: 00:16:47


Lead Pipes in Milwaukee: What's Happened Over The Past Year

9/14/2017
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Mayor Tom Barrett called this year's budget the starting point for removing lead pipes throughout the city. "(We’re allocating) $5.2 million in 2016 and 2017 to remove lines at 385 licensed day care facilities and also funding to replace approximately 300 existing residential lines when they leak or fail,” Barrett said back in September of 2016. So far, the Department of Public Works has completed 344 lines, and expects to complete a total of 480 new lines by year’s end. That’s about 70...

Duration: 00:04:39


Expert: If Lead is Present in Plumbing System, A Potential Hazard Exists

9/12/2017
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No one knows more about the risks and challenges of dealing with lead in drinking water than Marc Edwards. The Virginia Tech civil engineering professor not only helped hold a spotlight up to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, but years earlier he investigated a public health disaster in Washington D.C. that ended with Congressional hearings in 2010. Edwards says the challenges around lead in water begin with reliable lead testing because lead is often occurs in particulate form. “Back, say...

Duration: 00:08:26


How Far Has Milwaukee Come In Resolving Its Lead Water Crisis?

9/12/2017
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One year ago, Mayor Tom Barrett surprised Milwaukeeans when he advised residents living in houses built before 1951 to install water filters . That's the era when the pipes that carry water from mains to households were made of lead.

Duration: 00:04:54


Advocates Hope Proposed Bill Brings Job-Creating Mines To Northern Wisconsin

9/8/2017
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The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Forestry and Mining is considering a bill designed to end Wisconsin's so-called "mining moratorium." Current law -- in effect for two decades -- requires a company to prove it has run a nonpolluting mine, before it can start digging a new one. Bill advocates say it makes it easier for companies to establish new mines. The committee took the bill to Ladysmith Thursday for a public hearing. The northern Wisconsin community was home to copper and...

Duration: 00:03:59


Can Green Infrastructure Alone Transform Bay View's South Shore To A Swimmable Beach

9/4/2017
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South Shore Beach in Bay View is nestled just south of a yacht club and its parking lot. That's part of the problem. For years stormwater has flowed off its surface directly into the lake. Then there are the birds. They love to hang out at the beach. Their poop contributes to the beach's challenge with E coli bacteria. Jen Schwabe and Border Collie Ray were hired to help tackle that problem. The dog is specially trained to “shoo” them away. “Canada geese are a big big problem. Even though...

Duration: 00:04:26


For Over 70 Years, This Summer Camp Has Been Immersing Kids In Wisconsin's Environment

9/1/2017
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Towering Pines Camp For Boys came to life in 1945. As environmental awareness was on the rise in the 1970s, the northern Wisconsin camp pioneered an environmental immersion program that garnered national attention. They call it acclimatization. The campers merge with the natural world – in some unconventional ways. For instance, camp leaders teach the kids what it feels like to navigate the world like a raccoon. “Tape their thumbs together. We also isolate the senses, so quiet walks where...

Duration: 00:04:28


WI DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp Joins Trump Administration

8/29/2017
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has accepted an appointment with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Duration: 00:04:03


Stepping into Food Justice: One Milwaukee Intern's Experience

8/25/2017
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Hannah Uitenbroek knew very little about food justice when she arrived in Milwaukee a year ago. After graduating from college with a degree in sociology degree, the Appleton native spent a year of service in Connecticut and then, "literally googled food justice in Milwaukee and Lutheran Volunteer Corps popped up." She applied and became All Peoples Church's food justice organizer. Uitenbroek decided to try to bring the quality of the meals kids were served during summer camp up a notch or...

Duration: 00:07:30

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