Legislators have heard from citizens, researchers, county officials, and many other stakeholders about the diversity of water issues Wisconsin citizens face but haven’t given a lot of indication about what actions they are prepared to take to address these challenges.
During the Year of Clean Drinking Water, lawmakers and state agencies under the leadership of Gov. Evers have started to take early but important steps to curb PFAS pollution and protect public health in Wisconsin.
Gov. Tony Evers did more in one week to move the state forward on drinking water issues than the entire previous governor’s eight years in office.
For Ruth and John Kowalski, their home in Peshtigo was the last place they expected to be at risk for PFAS contamination.
Even though Waukesha has been granted permission to pump Lake Michigan water, there is still important work to be done by all of us who care about the Great Lakes Compact’s important long-term protections for the lakes.
Without this goal as a starting point, we wouldn’t get anywhere.
The boom of wind and solar adoption has led to one big question: how can we use renewable energy when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining?
We need a multifaceted approach to reduce carbon emissions, and we believe there are real opportunities for Wisconsin to cut carbon emissions while transforming how people travel by car.
With a lack of robust leadership on clean energy and climate change from the state and federal government in past years, local communities at the city and county level are take matters into their own hands.
Governor Tony Evers introduced the 2019-2021 State Budget in late February this year, proposing big investments in programs for clean water and energy in Wisconsin—the biggest we have seen in many years.
Each year the need for protecting Wisconsin’s environment comes into sharp focus on trips to summer cabins, while boating on Lake Superior, fishing on a northern Wisconsin lake, or running through woods or past fields of coneflowers on Picnic Point in Madison.
This summer, we have had the pleasure of hosting seven interns to assist our legal, science, policy, development and communications staff.
On April 9, the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases brought by Clean Wisconsin and its co-petitioners to protect Wisconsin’s water. The Court’s rulings will have a profound effect on how our water is—or is not—responsibility managed to ensure Wisconsin residents can safely use and enjoy our shared water resources.
Earth Day started because people like Gaylord Nelson knew we needed to fix the environmental crises we faced in the 1970s. In the years that followed, our federal leaders enacted historic legislation like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
After too many years of Wisconsin government leaders abusing or ignoring our state’s precious natural resources, our new Governor seems poised to demonstrate an important value central to who we are as Wisconsinites: respect and love for the environment.