Our Scientific Expertise
Our science department plays a critical role in protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s air and water. It supports the work and mission of Clean Wisconsin through a broad range of research and technical services and keeps Clean Wisconsin on the forefront of environmental issues confronting our state.
The key role of science
Sound scientific research provides the facts and evidence needed for Clean Wisconsin to be a leading voice for environmental protection. Our science department informs citizens, elected officials and policy discussions of environmental issues affecting public and environmental health in Wisconsin.
Highlights of our work
Through a combination of combination of research excellence, staff expertise, and a commitment to advancement of knowledge, the science department is:
Guiding Clean Wisconsin
We provide rigorous, cutting-edge scientific and technical analysis to support the work of our organization and our allies. We also monitor emerging environmental issues and their potential impact on our air, water and the places we love in Wisconsin.
We educate and translate environmental science for citizens, elected officials and other stakeholders concerned with the health of Wisconsin’s environment. We make this information available through tools and materials like the Clean Wisconsin Enviropedia, factsheets, reports and more.
Providing new and relevant information
We work to advance scientific knowledge and understanding of environmental issues by conducting independent studies and analyses, like our November 2014 Don’t Drink the Water report on groundwater contamination in southeast Wisconsin. We also use our scientific expertise to monitor polluters and assess impacts of environmental actions, provide expert witness testimony in legal cases, and support the state regulatory functions related to the protection of public and environmental health.
Engaging in the community
We inform community and policy discussions by serving on advisory councils, panels and working groups, and by forging partnerships with University of Wisconsin research efforts. We also use our work to inspire and coach the future generation of environmental advocates through internship opportunities and connections with schools and universities.