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.Read More >
These comments from Wisconsin’s Green Fire – Voices for Conservation are specific to the sampling requirements in NR119.06 (1) Site Specific Criteria (SSC) study area (c) for a less stringent SSC for phosphorus on a flowing water system:
NR 119 only very generally addresses study site selection by major stream order and proximity to outfalls. Once …Read More >
Background: Considerable research – both in Wisconsin and across the county – supports the need to control both phosphorus and nitrogen to adequately manage water quality problems in surface waters. In many lakes and streams, both nitrogen and phosphorus contribute to eutrophication and water quality degradation. However, nitrogen itself may be the most important nutrient …Read More >
My name is Jim Baumann and I am here today representing Wisconsin’s Green Fire. Wisconsin’s Green Fire supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting sciencebased management of its natural resources. Members represent extensive experience in natural resources management, environmental law and policy, scientific research, and education. I am here today to testify for information …Read More >
Executive Summary of Wisconsin’s Green Fire Analysis
2019 Senate Bill 91 would create a clearinghouse for sale and purchase of water pollution credits between water pollution sources. Although water pollution credit trading is a provision in current federal and state law to help achieve pollutant reductions, the use of trading in Wisconsin has been limited.
This bill …Read More >
In general, the August 20, 2018 hearing draft of the “Total Maximum Daily Loads for Total Phosphorus in the Wisconsin River Basin” represents a robust modeling effort that far exceeds efforts in previous TMDL modeling efforts. At the same time, it seems to omit basic information, sometimes lacks clarity and is not presented in a …Read More >
Wisconsin’s Triennial Review process identifies its 3 year plan for keeping its water quality standards consistent with current science. This document identified 5 priorities for future work including:
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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, …Read More >
DNR: Overall Metal Concentrations Down In Latest Tests From Trempealeau River
A creek inundated with 10 million gallons of water from a Trempealeau County frac sand mine had toxic levels of copper two days after the spill, according to test results released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The test results from the DNR also …Read More >
All around Wisconsin, people are feeding a stinky, green and oftentimes toxic life form. Algal blooms are a regular occurrence on Wisconsin’s lakes during the summer, and the microorganisms that comprise them need phosphorus to thrive. It’s among the essential building blocks of life, but too much phosphorus can throw an …Read More >