Environment

Milwaukee’s Waterways Could Get Less Trashy

Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo from http://baltimorewaterfront.com.

Milwaukee’s waterway litter clean-up may soon be on a roll in the form of a trash collecting wheel placed in the water. The litter removal device will be modeled off an existing device located in Baltimore, Maryland known as The Inner Harbor Water Wheel, or Mr. Trash Wheel. Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel was installed back in 2014. The wheel is ... Read More »

Come On In: The Dumpster Is Fine

Unidentified student dumpster diving for some pizza late at night. Photo by Nomin Erdenebileg

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, at least that is what some people say about dumpster diving. Mackenzie Grover,  junior biology major, is one of many people who take part in dumpster diving in Stevens Point. Grover was introduced to dumpster diving by her older sister. At first, she was disgusted by it and felt nothing was ... Read More »

Wysocki Denied Golden Sands Dairy Farm

A farmer spreading manure on a field. "Manure Fertilizer" by eutrophication&hypoxia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

An appeals court ruled in favor of the Town of Saratoga, and against permitting the operation of the Golden Sands Dairy farm, after a five-year legal battle. The rejected farm would have been large enough to hold 6,130 animal units, and would thus have been characterized as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO. The farm also intended to convert 4,660 ... Read More »

Permit Allowing Expansion of Door County Dairy Raises Groundwater Concerns

Jersey cows are one of the most popular dairy breeds. Photo from pexels.com.

S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC, Door County’s only concentrated animal feeding operation, has just been issued a permit by the Department of Natural Resources which will allow them to expand their herd. While the operation is currently allowed to house approximately 6,000 cattle, the new permit will authorize over 10,000. This decision has been met by considerable opposition from the local ... Read More »

Personhood Could Be Just Around the Riverbend

A view of the summit of Mount Everest. "Everest 3" by Michael Foley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Legal personhood was granted to two Himalayan glaciers along with three rivers earlier this year. This March, the glaciers, Gangotri and Yamunotri were given the same legal rights as a person. While legally considering rivers and glaciers people may seem like something straight out of a classic Disney movie, this concept is much more complex than talking trees and singing ... Read More »

Oklahoma Pipeline Removal: 17 Years Overdue

A pipeline winding across the land. "Pipeline" by Travis is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A 17-year battle over a pipeline finally came to an end on March 28, when a federal judge ordered Enable Midstream Partners and associates to remove a natural gas pipeline from 38 American Indian land owners’ property near Anadarko, Oklahoma. From 1980 to 2000, Enable operated the pipeline on the Plaintiffs’ land on an easement granted by the Bureau of ... Read More »

Madison Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

A look at the capitol in Madison. "Madison 02" by Paul Frederickson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This March, Madison, Wisconsin joined 24 other cities nationwide, who have all committed to working towards 100 percent renewable energy use. By making this transition, the city aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions before 2050 and cut total energy use in half by 2030. This is a community-wide goal which encompasses all sectors. To achieve this objective, $250,000 dollars have ... Read More »

Farm to School May Be Plucked Before Its Time

A mass of fresh produce. "Produce" by Frank Heinz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would cut a major portion of the Farm to School program from the 2017 to 2019 state budget. The office’s coordinator position and 15 member advisory council would be cut, saving $132,800 over the next two years. This cut will not prevent disbursement of federal grants targeting farm to school efforts but it will cut ... Read More »

Portage County Residents Seek New Drainage Practices

A look upstream. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Saturday, April 15, Justin and Lynn Isherwood hosted a kickoff event for the Friends of the Buena Vista Marsh at their farm in Plover. The event was held to offer information about the history of the Buena Vista Marsh and to bring community awareness to the Isherwoods’ perspective in regard to their current litigation with the drainage board. Justin ... Read More »

Grab Some Butts and Save the Planet

A cigarette butt found on the ground. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Monday, April 17, the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee gathered 15 participants to collect cigarette butts around campus as part of  Earth Week. Robby Abrahamian, water resources major and political science major, is chair of the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee and organized the litter pick up. Smoking has been attributed to multiple human health issues, but what about ... Read More »