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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.

Climate heresy in Wisconsin as Democrats call for 'clean coal'

A union leader on Joe Biden's transition team yesterday pitched the Democratic presidential nominee's climate plan as an "all of the above" energy strategy, while an additional union official used the same campaign event to tout "clean coal."

Trump’s EPA chief drops into battleground states ahead of election

Andrew Wheeler is championing the president's achievements in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin tribe recognizes Menominee River rights

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in January asserted that the Menominee River has the right to exist naturally, flourish, evolve, remain unpolluted and carry out its natural ecosystem functions.

State may seek federal approval to regulate coal ash landfills, ponds

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would seek approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal ash landfills and ponds owned by the state's electric utilities under a proposed rule before the Natural Resources Board.

PFAS wastewater testing: Most utilities decline to participate

More than 100 utilities around Wisconsin declined to participate in a request to test wastewater for PFAS, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, or DNR.

Wisconsin takes another step to drive down PFAS contamination

A family of man-made chemicals that can contaminate water, called PFAS, has been front and center in the news, across the United States and in Wisconsin.

Farming's growing problem

Fertilizers are contaminating and warming the planet. Regulators haven’t acted on decades-old warnings.

The freshwater giants are dying

Overharvesting and habitat loss endanger most of the world’s freshwater “megafauna.” But many species may yet be saved.

Lawmaker task force urges $10M for clean water initiatives

A bipartisan water pollution task force proposed more than a dozen bills Wednesday designed to curb contamination across Wisconsin, capping a year's worth of research and discussion.


DNR board OKs drafting new manure rules for sensitive areas

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board granted the agency permission Tuesday to start drawing up contentious manure and fertilizer restrictions for areas prone to groundwater pollution.

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