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Nitrates in Wisconsin Waters – A Wisconsin’s Green Fire Policy Analysis

While Wisconsin has among the finest freshwater resources in North America, an increasingly large number of Wisconsin communities, homes, schools, and businesses find their water sources unsafe to drink. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a wake-up call about the hazards of water supplies we once assumed would always be safe. The total scope of the water quality crisis in Wisconsin today is much larger however than one community or one region. Wisconsin needs a drinking water solution equal to the magnitude of the problem. This paper lays out elements of that solution.

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2018 Proposed Legislation: AB 1070 Relating to: Legislative Powers and Duties, State Agency and Authority Composition and Operations, and Administrative Rule-Making Process.

AB 1070, Relating to: legislative powers and duties, state agency and authority composition and operations, and administrative rule-making process.

  • Eliminates the employees and the Office of the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, which represents the state in certain cases on appeal in state and federal courts.
  • Requires any party challenging the constitutionality of a state …
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In the Vortex of Climate Change

Over eleven days in late August, four major storms raked across central and southern Wisconsin, each dumping multiple inches of rain. Late in the afternoon of August 20, a record-breaking deluge of more than eleven inches in just four hours hit western Dane County. On August 26-27, parts of Ozaukee and Washington Counties north of

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Wisconsin River success story

Photo of Bob Martini

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Board member Bob Martini gives many presentations around the state about the era (1968-2010) when the Department of Natural Resources provided evidence-based science to help reconcile our state’s industries and our environment. That effort contributed to the quality of our lives today.

The DNR provided science-based management information to policy makers, the public, …

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Evolving Science: Extreme Winter Cold and Arctic Warming

By: Dr. Michael Meyer

“Climate skeptics” often point to episodic extreme winter weather, such as the 2017/2018 polar outbreak, as evidence that climate change science is incorrect. If one were to delve into the topic a bit further, it becomes apparent that this recent cold spell could be consistent with evolving climate change theory.

A commonly heard …

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First Annual Meeting

Wisconsin’s Green Fire is holding its first Annual Membership Meeting on September 8-9 at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo.

We are planning a very inspiring and productive meeting.  Among our scheduled keynote speakers are Dr. Stan Temple, Dr. Curt Meine and Tia Nelson (invited).

We would like to invite interested natural resources professionals and scientists, as …

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Wisconsin’s Long History: Manage Lakes with Science

By Bob Martini, Wisconsin’s Green Fire board member
Photo: Allequash Lake, Joshua Mayer

For decades Wisconsin’s lakes have been well managed by a partnership of
landowners, the Department of Natural Resources, county officials, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, various lake organizations, and private consultants.

This system was based on the best available science and had largely bipartisan
support from legislatures and …

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