Of the eight named streams that flow towards Green Lake, the Green Lake Association estimates that more than 11 miles of them are in urgent need of repair. Eroding streambanks send nutrient pollution downstream and hurt water quality in Green Lake, but they can also pose a real threat to human safety. This was the case at the Waldvogel’s farm, the site of a major stream restoration project in 2019. ... Read more
WISCONSIN DELLS — No one will disagree that 2019 was a challenging year for farmers. In fact it has been determined that it went on record as the wettest year ever.
The Western Wisconsin Conservation Council and UW-River Falls have partnered on well-testing research for more than a year, and an update on that research was recently shared.
The United Soybean Board has awarded a grant to the Sand County Foundation to demonstrate how prairie filter strips can improve water quality and increase biodiversity on soybean farms.
EAU CLAIRE — Interest in water quality continues to grow as more and more people want to know what is coming out of their tap.
Wisconsin’s latest round of Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants has been awarded to 27 groups of farmers by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Farmers will work with conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues specific to t…
MENOMONIE — Agricultural practices in Wisconsin significantly contribute to the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus found in Wisconsin watersheds, said Wisconsin Farmers Union Watershed Coordinator Bill Hogseth at a clean water panel discussion at UW-Stout on Nov. 25.
DODGEVILLE — In years past, members of the Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group in Iowa County have met in the fall for a dinner to celebrate conservation, inviting their friends from Louisiana to learn more about how the practices they implement upstream impact the business of fishermen downstream.
State regulators are looking at new ways to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin, focusing on nitrates as well as lesser-known PFAS.
The Public Service Commission is directing state agencies to take another look at a roughly $66 million project that would convert manure into energy in Brown County. Company BC Organics asked state regulators to approve changes to the project and an extension on a deal to access millions in…
WHEELER — Numerous factors play into the decision-making on Jeff Lake’s Dunn County farm, and the decisions that get made aren’t always the most obvious, but they do tend to benefit the farmers, their soil, the region’s water quality and the wildlife, all while improving the farm’s bottom line.
CLEGHORN — The Clear Creek Town Board will draft a moratorium on wind energy development at its meeting this week in response to overwhelming demand from town residents who attended a meeting the night of Nov. 5 about a proposed wind farm in southern Eau Claire County.
ATHENS — Showcasing and verifying their water stewardship practices isn’t about the glory of it for Miltrim Farms. It’s about creating a pathway for other farms to receive the same recognition in the future.
An international film festival with a local focus will debut from 2-9 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus. Covering topics including Midwestern land use, sea turtles, coral reefs, howler monkeys, California predator hunts, threatened bird populations and conservat…
Three finalists have been selected for the prestigious 2019 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award, given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. The award recognizes farmers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on pri…
Recent updates to the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study, or SWIGG, will be the focus of presentations by two researchers involved with the project during a public information meeting September 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Platteville Public Library.
WATERTOWN — When Matt Krueger, executive director of Wisconsin Land + Water, asked Jared Winter, a conservation technician with Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Department, to describe farmer Tony Peirick, he was surprised by what he heard.
Seeking to reverse a more than 80% decline in monarch butterfly populations over the last 20 years, Wisconsin conservation biologists are urging gardeners, farmers and other landowners to use a new, free mobile application to record the number of milkweed and wildflower nectar plants in thei…
Years of public involvement and regulatory review came to a head Aug. 20 as the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin gave preliminary approval to the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line, a joint venture of American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in partnership with the Wabasha Port Authority, will host a public meeting Aug. 28, to provide an update on the current planning efforts for the Pool 4 Dredged Material Management Plan.
MADISON — The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties, also known as SWIGG, has entered its second phase: identifying fecal sources of contamination in homeowners’ private wells.
For more than five decades, Richard “Duke” Dukelow has been using conservation practices on his farm, situated on a picturesque ridge overlooking Big Green Lake in Markesan.
PRAIRIE DU SAC — Canada thistle. Spotted knapweed. Crown vetch. Wild parsnip. If you’ve cruised county roads in southern Wisconsin lately, you’re sure to have seen these invasive plants growing, and maybe thriving, along the roadsides and in right of ways — areas where these plants can often…
BOULDER JUNCTION — Most amazing fish stories are hard to believe without the facts to back them up, but one story out of northern Wisconsin has been around for almost 75 years and is all about facts, figures and careful research.
MENOMONIE — Water-quality issues brought a group of college students from around the country to UW-Stout for the summer.
As solar energy has become more popular and cost-effective, this once fringe renewable source is now at the center of an energy turf war in Wisconsin.
See conservation in practice at a local prairie walk on July 23 at the Jeff and Molly Keller property, W775 Spring Prairie Road, just west of Burlington. This unique property features prairie restorations at several stages of maturity, wildlife food plots and woodlands.
A relatively new industry to west-central Wisconsin continues to give area residents a modern-day lesson in old-fashioned economics.
PLAINVIEW — With alfalfa in the crop rotation and pastureland in the mix, Stacy Miller’s 350-acre dairy farm already played a role in filtering runoff flowing toward the Mississippi River. With a new lagoon and nutrient management plan, the 85-cow operation now does even more to protect grou…
The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties, also known as the SWIGG study, completed its first objective this spring — to assess the extent of well contamination in the three counties.
MENOMONIE — Just a year after Landmark Conservancy’s official formation, the group will be honored as the state’s Land Trust of the Year.
In mid-March, two researchers trudged on snowshoes through feet of snow on a wooded trail, dragging a small plastic sled full of equipment.
Across the country, winter 2018-19 proved difficult for honeybees and beekeepers.
MENOMONIE — Following his research into the cause of well contamination in Kewaunee County, Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, has been asked to repeat his studies in other parts of the state.
MENOMONIE — The pleasing-to-the-eye purple flowers popping up alongside state roadways this spring may not be as desirable upon closer inspection.
PRAIRIE DU SAC — Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, businesses and organizations, Ferry Bluff State Natural Area now has an additional 31 acres to provide continued sanctuary for the area’s tremendous bald eagle population.
In 1929, the U.S. Congress, becoming aware of the soil erosion problems in the country, created 10 federal-state Agricultural Research Stations. One was located in La Crosse. In 1933, the same year that the Civilian Conservation Corps was organized, Congress appropriated $5 million for erosi…
ARCADIA — Rob Herman surveyed the distant thin corridor of trees, mostly box elder, and other brushy vegetation lining the course Chimney Rock Creek carves across Ron and Marietta Halama’s farm.
SHELL LAKE– RENEW Wisconsin estimates that the state of Wisconsin ended 2018 with 103 megawatts of solar power, with about 80 percent of that residing in panels on homes and other buildings.
DODGEVILLE — In Iowa County, Chuck Tennessen is considered a renewable-energy pioneer, working tirelessly to promote environmental initiatives over the past 20 years. His passion for the environment began as a child, growing up on one of many small dairy farms that dotted the countryside in …
LANCASTER — More than 100 people packed the Youth and Ag Building on the Grant County Fairground May 8 for a public hearing of the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality; it was the third hearing of the committee but the first one away from the Capitol in Madison and the first hearing where m…
Finding all proposed routes for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line project “would impact significant acres of farmland,” the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in its agricultural impact statement published April 18 chose to not recommend a specific …
Cindy Blanc, 57, and her 61-year-old husband, Peter Minucci, are freelance musicians who moved to 5 acres in the countryside in south central Wisconsin for the scenic views and serenity.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is revising its Upper Mississippi River Master Plan and is seeking the public’s input.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson never forgot his northwestern Wisconsin roots. In fact, much of the environmental legacy he left behind stemmed from his lifelong affection for Clear Lake.
Nominees are being sought for the annual Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Wisconsin, the $10,000 award is presented annually by S…
UW Discovery Farms will host a free, educational meeting on April 2 in the Brown County city of Pulaski to share multiple years of data from the tile, nitrogen use efficiency and soil health projects in Wisconsin.
NEW AUBURN — Aliya North and Evelyn Cody are just breezing through their studies at New Auburn Middle School — so to speak.
Wisconsin cities, businesses, industries and agricultural operations were among the state’s largest users of water in 2017, pumping more than 1.9 trillion gallons of groundwater and surface water, according to a Department of Natural Resources report.
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in Kewaunee County. New research by U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt shows nitrate and coliform in the water mostly comes from agriculture — and…
ALMA — George Howe quoted Senegalese forestry engineer Baba Dioum, saying, “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”