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Wisconsin to provide water to French Island homes with elevated PFAS

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced they would provide clean drinking water to all residents of French Island as they battle PFAS contamination.

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Wisconsin budget carves out place for addressing PFAS contamination

Gov. Tony Evers put items into his biennial budget addresses to further address contamination by PFAS and other "forever chemicals" in Wisconsin's water supplies.

Wisconsin’s No. 1 mink farming industry now seen as a COVID-19 risk

State officials knew little about the secretive industry until the pandemic struck; now they are scrambling to keep mink farmers and their animals safe.

Wisconsin releases action plan to reduce PFAS chemical use

Nearly 20 state agencies, along with the University of Wisconsin, worked on the action plan released Wednesday.

Plan for fighting PFAS chemicals in Wisconsin is released

After a year of study with nearly 20 state agencies, Gov. Evers' administration released a plan to prevent future pollution from forever chemicals known as PFAS.

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Dairy industry, environmental groups agree to work for clean water, healthier farms

Often at odds over regulation, Wisconsin's dairy industry and environmental groups have agreed to work together on policies to protect drinking water and support farmers.

Warming winters: How climate change is affecting southeast Wisconsin

Winter is getting warmer, and data shows the rate of warming is especially significant around the Great Lakes and Northeastern U.S.. Temperature data shows in the last 50 years in Milwaukee the average winter temperature has increased a little more than 4°F.

The Great Lakes, North America’s greatest resource, faces many threats

The Great Lakes helped make the U.S. an economic powerhouse. Now climate change, pollution, and invasive species threaten their complex ecosystems.

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators.

DNR says air quality has improved in Wisconsin due to pollution decrease

Some highlights of a new report include a 63% decrease in nitrogen oxide emissions, which come from fuel burning at high temperatures through cars, trucks, boats and other sources. Nitrogen oxides are poisonous, reactive gases that can cause long-term damage to plants, people and the atmosphere.

Bailouts not enough to keep ginseng farmers in Wisconsin afloat

Sitting at the nexus of trade wars, bailouts, and elections, farmers in the state—which produces 95 percent of the country’s ginseng crop—are struggling to survive.
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Taking an aerial view underground

Wisconsin geologists are testing using drones equipped with thermal cameras to measure shallow soil depths in areas prone to groundwater contamination.
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WPS to conduct cleanup of toxic chemicals at former gas plant

The Wisconsin Public Service Corp. will now be responsible for cleaning up chemical contamination in Marinette after a settlement with the state and federal governments.


Study finds more human than animal waste in Southwest Wisconsin wells

A study of contaminated wells in three southwestern Wisconsin counties has found human waste is more often the cause than animal manure.

Wisconsin wild rice unique, some worry about impact of climate change

Wild rice, known by its Ojibwe name as manoomin, is an important part of Ojibwe culture. Some fear climate change may impact its growth in the state.
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