Author Archives: Michelle Wilde

BC Organics Bioenergy Digester Proposal In-Progress

The Public Service Commission has approved a $15 million grant for the construction of a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy-farm manure and other waste, reducing the need to spread raw manure and protecting supplies of groundwater and surface water in northeast Wisconsin, according to a news release. BC Organics’ bioenergy project ... Read More »

Students Protest Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement

The Enbridge Energy company wants to replace the aging Line 3 with a new oil pipeline on a new route across northern Minnesota to Superior, WI. State regulators have started a series of 18 public hearings around Minnesota on whether or not to allow Enbridge Energy to construct a new oil pipeline to replace the Line 3 pipeline. The administrative ... Read More »

Sculptures and World Renowned Artists

“A Sand County Bench” was removed from the Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Aug. 2017 due to safety concerns. It was installed in 2010 and was one of the five original works of art in the park. According to the Sculpture Park website, the Stevens Point Sculpture Park features artwork from local, regional and national artists on 20 acres of ... Read More »

Stepp Appointed to Deputy Administrator of EPA

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Cathy Stepp has accepted the position of deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Cathy Stepp, a former Republican state senator, served as the DNR secretary since 2011 being the first woman to hold the position. Prior to that, she represented the state’s 21st Senate District as a Republican from 2003-2007. Stepp will be ... Read More »

Another Day, Another Manure Spill

There was a manure spill six miles south of Manitowoc  on Aug. 7 which went into Pine Creek, and Hochkammer Dairy is being held responsible. Kevin Erb, Conservation Professional Training Program Director for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, coordinates professional training in the areas of water quality and manure management, among others. Erb said, “Manure containers are generally made from steel ... Read More »

Growth or Sprawl?

The city of Stevens Point purchased 64 acres of land off Highway 10 in the hopes of developing the area in the future. At the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, the council authorized the option of a $590,000 purchase for 64 acres of land consisting of 53 acres of open land and the adjacent about 11 acres of property, which ... Read More »