Environment

Penokee Hills Mine Could Devastate Environment, Local Economies

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Frank Koehn held a presentation in the DUC Theatre to educate people about the destructive nature of the Penokee Hills iron mine proposal. “This is a resource war,” Koehn began. “It’s about the water.” The area where the proposed iron mine would be placed—which covers a 22-mile, 22,000-acre strip of the Penokee Hills from southwest of ... Read More »

Stevens Point Water Tastes Best in Nation, Raises Questions of Water Quality

Stevens Point’s water is this year’s recipient of the American Water Works Association’s “Best of the Best” taste competition for the second year in a row, beating out New York City.   The Association began this competition in 2005 to combat the negative connotations drinking water was gaining when compared to filtered bottled water.   The contest scores solely the ... Read More »

Growing ideas, growing scientists, EMARL

An establishing lab on campus, the Environmental Microbial Analysis and Research Laboratory (EMARL), provides students and faculty alike opportunities to conduct research, perform analysis and learn from each other.   “I get accused quite often of having ideas that are really, kind of, out there, but when you get twenty people together you find out that we all have ideas ... Read More »

Central Rivers Farmshed: Farming New Farmers

The Beginning Farmer Course is a four-day course on the topics of starting or expanding a farm to produce local, sustainable food. Experienced, local farmers in sustainable agriculture teach the course over the middle two weekends of February. The course originally started as a one-credit course on Friday afternoons during the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens ... Read More »

New Bioplastic Recycling Program Launches at UWSP

Bioplastic Recycling Program If you’ve eaten at the Debot or Dreyfus University Center dining halls, then you may recall drinking out of those clear plastic cups that have “compostable” and “made from corn” written on them. You may also remember just simply throwing these cups in the garbage. Students’ confusion about the recyclable corn bioplastic cups (or PLA cups, short ... Read More »

Struggle for Water is a 21st Century Universal

Deny global warming all you want. There are over a billion people on Earth who currently do not have access to drinking water, to whom a debate over human alterations to the earth’s ecosystem, and the effects of resource depletion, is futile. Simply, there are people who do not have the privilege of denying climate change.   Here is what ... Read More »

New Aquaponics Course offered at UWSP

Chris hartleb, Professor of Fisheries Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Nelson and Pade, Inc. have joined forces to create a new course offered through UWSP’s continuing education curriculum. The course, “Introduction to Aquaponics,” is a three credit online course with a laboratory portion to take place in late May at Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s demonstration greenhouse. The ... Read More »

North American Main Veins

North American fossil fuels are certainly in a pickle as energy and fossil fuel companies fight tooth and nail to earn an unfathomable amount of pennies from their extraction and sale. At market prices, Alberta, Canada’s 173 billion recoverable barrels of tar sands are worth roughly 1,570 trillion pennies. Keystone XL The Keystone XL pipeline is an export pipeline transporting ... Read More »

Bobcats and Mountain Lions

Erik Anderson, wildlife Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been a busy man this past season–a very busy man. Anderson, his graduate student and a team of undergraduates are working to assess bobcat populations and the presence of mountain lions in Wisconsin. Bobcats Currently, bobcats can only be harvested North of Highway 64. In order to make any ... Read More »

Bobcats and Mountain Lions

Erik Anderson, wildlife Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been a busy man this past season–a very busy man. Anderson, his graduate student and a team of undergraduates are working to assess bobcat populations and the presence of mountain lions in Wisconsin. Bobcats Currently, bobcats can only be harvested North of Highway 64. In order to make any ... Read More »