Environment

Wisconsin Legislature Attempting to End Mining Moratorium

A bill is being discussed in Wisconsin legislature that would pave the way for new mining operations. Environmental activists oppose the bill. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Hutton of Hazelhurst and Brookfield, respectively. If passed, it would remove a 20 year old moratorium on sulfide mining. Amber Meyer Smith, Director of Programs and Government ... 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 »

Elk Released Near Clam Lake Wisconsin

This July, 31 elk were released near Clam Lake, Wisconsin for the first time in more than 20 years. The recent elk release is part of an effort which began in 1995 to reestablish elk in the region. European settlement drove elk from the state in the 1800s through over-hunting and habitat loss. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources believes ... Read More »

An Update on Emerald Ash Borer Damage Prevention Efforts

Around campus many students might have seen trees with tape around them signifying a specific ash tree is infected with the emerald ash borer insect. The emerald ash borer, while small can make a huge impact. At about half inch long, smaller than an American penny this metallic green beetle has the power to possibly take down entire forests of ash ... Read More »

Foxconn to Build Manufacturing Plant in Wisconsin

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics giant plans to invest $10 billion to build a new manufacturing plant to produce LCD panels in southeastern Wisconsin.  The proposed deal includes relaxing some environmental regulations which has environmental implications, ranging from chemical usage to the impact a plant of its size will have on the surrounding watershed. The exemptions could mean the destruction of ... Read More »

Isherwood and Local Drainage Board Are Going To Court

The Portage County Drainage Board and the Isherwood Family Farm will soon go to court after a dispute over the creation of a trout habitat in the Isherwood Lateral. Land owner, Donald Isherwood’s plan was to alter his drainage ditch by adding downed coniferous trees and other debris. In addition to creating a trout habitat, the debris was also intended ... Read More »

Milwaukee’s Waterways Could Get Less Trashy

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

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

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

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 »