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Clean Lakes Alliance

There are six simple things we all can do to help minimize the impacts of flooding and reduce runoff to our lakes. more

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Kori Feener

Two companies hoping to get a controversial powerline approved through the Driftless Area are now funding the staff to review the project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. more

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Doug Pellerin

Operation Migration is famous for teaching whooping crane chicks how to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida. But with the flights grounded and the organization shutting down, what will become of the cranes? more

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David Michael Miller

Alliant Energy of Madison is taking advantage of wind and solar energy price cuts to invest in renewable energy and eliminate all use of coal power by 2050. more

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Gary Tipler

Since 2014, the city has cut down 43 ash trees on Williamson Street, in part because of the emerald ash borer infestation. More are certain to come down. And east-side residents watch in horror as their beloved trees fall. more

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Municipalities and companies are leading the way on renewable energy in Wisconsin. more

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Understory

Most weather forecasting relies on radar and satellites. Understory is hoping to modernize ground-based sensors, which are prone to failure. more

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Ben Jones

A farmer north of Madison has preserved her land for farming — and made some of it available to Hmong farmers. more

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Steven Davis

Steven Davis, a professor at Edgewood College, has a new book out. In Defense of Public Lands reminds readers what is at stake at a time when conservative politicians fail to see the benefits of land commonly owned for the public good. more

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Jay Watson

Bees and butterflies are facing an uphill battle in their search for nectar. The good news is there’s still time to help pollinators in the garden. more

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David Michael Miller

China, one of the world’s largest buyers of recyclables, has drastically limited the amount of material it will accept. That means the city is now sending things like children’s toys and five-gallon paint buckets to the landfill. more

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For the past seven years, the Madison Parks Division has applied for and received a federal permit to conduct an annual culling of Canada geese. Goslings found during the “roundup” are euthanized with gas. more

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Courtesy Madison Parks Division

There are an estimated 2 million ash trees in Dane County. As more of them are killed by the emerald ash borer invasion, the devastation will be impossible to ignore. more

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Madison’s pilot composting project has been plagued by contamination of plastic and the city no longer has anywhere to process the waste. But officials insist city-wide composting will eventually happen. more

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Bryce Richter/UW-Madison

Karen Oberhauser, the new director of UW-Madison’s Arboretum, hopes to expand the facility’s citizen research. She’s the first permanent director since 2012. more

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David Michael Miller

For Wisconsin’s 600,000 hunters, hunting deer has become increasingly worrisome because of chronic wasting disease. In May, Canadian researchers released a preliminary study showing that macaques can contract CWD from eating CWD-positive deer. more

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A federal appeals court has given gray wolves in the Great Lakes a reprieve. But the animals could still end up being delisted, either by the Environmental Protection Agency or Congress. more

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Green energy could be Wisconsin’s next big industry, providing high-paying jobs. The field is experiencing a job boom that reflects economics, not any sort of liberal agenda. more

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Judith Davidoff

After a scheduled weed-cutting operation last spring caused an apparent amphibian massacre in the Vilas park lagoon, citizen scientists are working to develop a new plan to balance lake management with aquatic wildlife preservation. more

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Todd Hubler

Madison desperately needs affordable housing. But should it be built next to Madison-Kipp, a manufacturer some fear is producing dangerous pollution? more

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